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Philemon 1:3-13 (New International Version)

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3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.1

Thanksgiving and Prayer

4 I always thank my God2 as I remember you in my prayers,3 5 because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus4 and your love for all the saints.5 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,6 because you, brother, have refreshed7 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 you8 on the basis of love. I then, as Paul--an old man and now also a prisoner9 of Christ Jesus-- 10 I appeal to you for my son10 Onesimus,a11 who became my son while I was in chains.12 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 chains13 for the gospel.
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