The Book of Philemon

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Greeting
  1. Paul – a prisoner of Jesus the Anointed – and Timothy our brother, to Philemon, our beloved brother and fellow worker;
  2. and to Apphia our sister, and to Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church at your house.
  3. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Anointed Lord Jesus.
  4. I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers,
  5. hearing of your love and the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus, and for all the saints,
  6. praying so that the partnership of your faith might become effective in the knowledge of every good thing in us for the Anointed.
  7. 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.
Concerning Onesimus
  1. Therefore, I have much boldness in the Anointed to order you to do what is fitting,
  2. 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.
  3. I implore you concerning my own child Onesimus who I fathered in my chains,
  4. (he was once useless to you, but now is useful to both me and you)
  5. who I sent back to you (he is my own heart)
  6. whom I’m strongly desiring to keep with myself so he might minister to me on your behalf in my chains for the gospel.
  7. But I wanted to do nothing without your consent, so your good deed won’t be from compulsion, but might be voluntary.
  8. For perhaps he was separated from you for a while because of this, so you might have him for an age.
  9. 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.
  10. Therefore, if you have me as a partner, welcome him as you would me.
  11. But if he wronged you somehow, or he owes you, charge this to my account:
  12. 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.
  13. Yes brother; may I benefit from you in the Lord!  Refresh my heart in the Anointed.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Jesus the Anointed, greets you,
  17. as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke; my fellow workers.
  18. The grace of the Anointed Lord Jesus be with your spirit. [Amen]

 

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