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Philemon 1

ESV 1 Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker MSG 1 I, Paul, am a prisoner for the sake of Christ, here with my brother Timothy. I write this letter to you, Philemon, my good friend and companion in this work - ESV 2 and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house: MSG 2 also to our sister Apphia, to Archippus, a real trooper, and to the church that meets in your house. ESV 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. MSG 3 God's best to you! Christ's blessings on you! ESV 4 I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, MSG 4 Every time your name comes up in my prayers, I say, "Oh, thank you, God!" ESV 5 because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, MSG 5 I keep hearing of the love and faith you have for the Master Jesus, which brims over to other Christians. ESV 6 and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. MSG 6 And I keep praying that this faith we hold in common keeps showing up in the good things we do, and that people recognize Christ in all of it. ESV 7 For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. MSG 7 Friend, you have no idea how good your love makes me feel, doubly so when I see your hospitality to fellow believers. ESV 8 Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, MSG 8 In line with all this I have a favor to ask of you. As Christ's ambassador and now a prisoner for him, I wouldn't hesitate to command this if I thought it necessary, ESV 9 yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you--I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus-- MSG 9 but I'd rather make it a personal request. ESV 10 I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus,whose father I became in my imprisonment. MSG 10 While here in jail, I've fathered a child, so to speak. And here he is, hand-carrying this letter - Onesimus! ESV 11 (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) MSG 11 He was useless to you before; now he's useful to both of us. ESV 12 I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. MSG 12 I'm sending him back to you, but it feels like I'm cutting off my right arm in doing so. ESV 13 I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel, MSG 13 I wanted in the worst way to keep him here as your stand-in to help out while I'm in jail for the Message. ESV 14 but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord. MSG 14 But I didn't want to do anything behind your back, make you do a good deed that you hadn't willingly agreed to. ESV 15 For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, MSG 15 Maybe it's all for the best that you lost him for a while. You're getting him back now for good - ESV 16 no longer as a slave but more than a slave, as a beloved brother--especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. MSG 16 and no mere slave this time, but a true Christian brother! That's what he was to me - he'll be even more than that to you. ESV 17 So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me. MSG 17 So if you still consider me a comrade-in-arms, welcome him back as you would me. ESV 18 If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. MSG 18 If he damaged anything or owes you anything, chalk it up to my account. ESV 19 I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it--to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. MSG 19 This is my personal signature - Paul - and I stand behind it. (I don't need to remind you, do I, that you owe your very life to me?) ESV 20 Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ. MSG 20 Do me this big favor, friend. You'll be doing it for Christ, but it will also do my heart good. ESV 21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. MSG 21 I know you well enough to know you will. You'll probably go far beyond what I've written. ESV 22 At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given to you. MSG 22 And by the way, get a room ready for me. Because of your prayers, I fully expect to be your guest again. ESV 23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you, MSG 23 Epaphras, my cellmate in the cause of Christ, says hello. ESV 24 and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers. MSG 24 Also my coworkers Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke. ESV 25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. MSG 25 All the best to you from the Master, Jesus Christ!

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