Philemon 1:1-9 (New International Version)

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1 Paul, a prisoner1 of Christ Jesus, and Timothy2 our brother,3 To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker,4 2 to Apphia our sister, to Archippus5 our fellow soldier6 and to the church that meets in your home:7 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.8

Thanksgiving and Prayer

4 I always thank my God9 as I remember you in my prayers,10 5 because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus11 and your love for all the saints.12 6 I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. 7 Your love has given me great joy and encouragement,13 because you, brother, have refreshed14 the hearts of the saints.

Paul's Plea for Onesimus

8 Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, 9 yet I appeal to you15 on the basis of love. I then, as Paul--an old man and now also a prisoner16 of Christ Jesus--
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