2 also to Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier—and to the church that meets in your home:

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

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    • a 1:3 - The Greek is plural; also in verses 22 and 25; elsewhere in this letter “you” is singular.

      Thanksgiving and Prayer

      4 I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers,

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      5 because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus.

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      6 I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ.
      7 Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.

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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 prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus—

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              10 that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus,b 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.