1: Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy
our brother, to Philemon our beloved and fellow worker,
Ap'phia our sister and Archip'pus our fellow soldier, and the church in your
3: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord
4: I thank my God always when I remember you in my
5: because I hear of your love and of the faith which you
have toward the Lord Jesus and all the saints,
6: and I pray that the
sharing of your faith may promote the knowledge of all the good that is ours in
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.
8: Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to
do what is required,
9: yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you
-- I, Paul, an ambassador and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus --
10: I appeal to you for my child, Ones'imus, whose father I have
become in my imprisonment.
11: (Formerly he was useless to you, but
now he is indeed useful to you and to me.)
12: I am sending him back
to you, sending my very heart.
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;
14: but I preferred to do nothing without your
consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own
15: Perhaps this is why he was parted from you for a
while, that you might have him back for ever,
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.
17: So if you
consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me.
he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account.
19: I, Paul, write this with my own hand, I will repay it -- to say
nothing of your owing me even your own self.
20: Yes, brother, I want
some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.
Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more
than I say.
22: At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for I
am hoping through your prayers to be granted to you.
my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you,
so do Mark, Aristar'chus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.
grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.