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- Paul – a prisoner of Jesus the Anointed – and Timothy our brother, to Philemon, our beloved brother and fellow worker;
- and to Apphia our sister, and to Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church at your house.
- Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Anointed Lord Jesus.
- I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers,
- hearing of your love and the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus, and for all the saints,
- praying so that the partnership of your faith might become effective in the knowledge of every good thing in us for the Anointed.
- For I had great joy and encouragement on account of your love, because the hearts of the saints were – and are – refreshed through you brother.
- Therefore, I have much boldness in the Anointed to order you to do what is fitting,
- but for the sake of love, I would rather implore you – being such a man as Paul, an old man – and now also a prisoner of Jesus the Anointed.
- I implore you concerning my own child Onesimus who I fathered in my chains,
- (he was once useless to you, but now is useful to both me and you)
- who I sent back to you (he is my own heart)
- whom I’m strongly desiring to keep with myself so he might minister to me on your behalf in my chains for the gospel.
- But I wanted to do nothing without your consent, so your good deed won’t be from compulsion, but might be voluntary.
- For perhaps he was separated from you for a while because of this, so you might have him for an age.
- And no longer as a slave, but more than a slave; a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
- Therefore, if you have me as a partner, welcome him as you would me.
- But if he wronged you somehow, or he owes you, charge this to my account:
- I Paul wrote this with my own hand and I will repay it, so I don’t have to mention that you yourself are indebted to me.
- Yes brother; may I benefit from you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in the Anointed.
- I wrote to you having been – and being – persuaded of your obedience. Having known – and knowing – that you will do even beyond what I say.
- And at the same time, also prepare a lodging for me, for I hope that through your prayers I will be given freely to you.
- Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Jesus the Anointed, greets you,
- as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke; my fellow workers.
- The grace of the Anointed Lord Jesus be with your spirit. [Amen]
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