Philemon 1:7-17 NIV

7 Your love has given me great joy and encouragement,1 because you, brother, have refreshed2 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 you3 on the basis of love. I then, as Paul--an old man and now also a prisoner4 of Christ Jesus--

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          10 I appeal to you for my son5 Onesimus,a6 who became my son while I was in chains.7

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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 chains8 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 will be spontaneous and not forced.9

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                  15 Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for good--
                  16 no longer as a slave,10 but better than a slave, as a dear brother.11 He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.

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                  17 So if you consider me a partner,12 welcome him as you would welcome me.

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