Philemon 1:1-10 NIV

1 Paul, a prisoner1 of Christ Jesus, and Timothy2 our brother,3 To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker,4

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      2 to Apphia our sister, to Archippus5 our fellow soldier6 and to the church that meets in your home:7

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      3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.8

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      Thanksgiving and Prayer

      4 I always thank my God9 as I remember you in my prayers,10

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      5 because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus11 and your love for all the saints.12

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      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.

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      Paul's Plea for Onesimus

      8 Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do,

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          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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              10 I appeal to you for my son17 Onesimus,a18 who became my son while I was in chains.19

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                • a 1:10 - "Onesimus" means "useful."