Philemon 1:3-13 NIV

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

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Thanksgiving and Prayer

4 I always thank my God2 as I remember you in my prayers,3

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5 because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus4 and your love for all the saints.5

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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,6 because you, brother, have refreshed7 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 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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          10 I appeal to you for my son10 Onesimus,a11 who became my son while I was in chains.12

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            • a 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 chains13 for the gospel.

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