Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.1
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I always thank my God2 as I remember you in my prayers,3
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because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus4 and your love for all the saints.5
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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.
Your love has given me great joy and encouragement,6 because you, brother, have refreshed7 the hearts of the saints.
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Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do,
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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--
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I appeal to you for my son10 Onesimus,11 who became my son while I was in chains.12
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Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.
I am sending him--who is my very heart--back to you.
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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