Philemon 1:10-18 NIV

10 I appeal to you for my son1 Onesimus,a2 who became my son while I was in chains.3

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    • a 1:10 - "Onesimus" means "useful."
      11 Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.
      12 I am sending him--who is my very heart--back to you.
      13 I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains4 for the gospel.

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          14 But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do will be spontaneous and not forced.5

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          15 Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for good--
          16 no longer as a slave,6 but better than a slave, as a dear brother.7 He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.

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          17 So if you consider me a partner,8 welcome him as you would welcome me.

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          18 If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me.9

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