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 you1 on the basis of love. I then, as Paul--an old man and now also a prisoner2 of Christ Jesus--
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I appeal to you for my son3 Onesimus,4 who became my son while I was in chains.5
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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 chains6 for the gospel.
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But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do will be spontaneous and not forced.7
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