Philemon 1:8-22 NIV

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 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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          10 I appeal to you for my son3 Onesimus,a4 who became my son while I was in chains.5

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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 chains6 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.7

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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,8 but better than a slave, as a dear brother.9 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,10 welcome him as you would welcome me.

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                  18 If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me.11

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                  19 I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand.12 I will pay it back--not to mention that you owe me your very self.

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                  20 I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh13 my heart in Christ.

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                  21 Confident14 of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.

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                  22 And one thing more: Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be15 restored to you in answer to your prayers.16

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