Philemon 1:10-18 NIV

10 that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus,a who became my son while I was in chains.

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    • b 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 chains 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 would not seem forced but would be voluntary.

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

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          17 So if you consider me a partner, 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.

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