But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do will be spontaneous and not forced.115
Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for good--
no longer as a slave,2 but better than a slave, as a dear brother.3 He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.
So if you consider me a partner,4 welcome him as you would welcome me.
If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me.519
I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand.6 I will pay it back--not to mention that you owe me your very self.
I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh7 my heart in Christ.
Confident8 of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.
And one thing more: Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be9 restored to you in answer to your prayers.1023
Epaphras,11 my fellow prisoner12 in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings.
And so do Mark,13 Aristarchus,14 Demas15 and Luke, my fellow workers.16