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Philemon 1



Philemon 1:1
  Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved brother and fellow worker,
Philemon 1:2
  and to Apphia our sister, and to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:
Philemon 1:3
  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philemon's Love and Faith

Philemon 1:4
  I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers,
Philemon 1:5
  because I hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints;
Philemon 1:6
  and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ's sake.
Philemon 1:7
  For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
Philemon 1:8
  Therefore, though I have enough confidence in Christ to order you to do what is proper,
Philemon 1:9
  yet for love's sake I rather appeal to you--since I am such a person as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus--

Plea for Onesimus, a Free Man

Philemon 1:10
  I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment,
Philemon 1:11
  who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me.
Philemon 1:12
  I have sent him back to you in person, that is, sending my very heart,
Philemon 1:13
  whom I wished to keep with me, so that on your behalf he might minister to me in my imprisonment for the gospel;
Philemon 1:14
  but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own free will.
Philemon 1:15
  For perhaps he was for this reason separated from you for a while, that you would have him back forever,
Philemon 1:16
  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.
Philemon 1:17
  If then you regard me a partner, accept him as you would me.
Philemon 1:18
  But if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge that to my account;
Philemon 1:19
  I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand, I will repay it (not to mention to you that you owe to me even your own self as well).
Philemon 1:20
  Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.
Philemon 1:21
  Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, since I know that you will do even more than what I say.
Philemon 1:22
  At the same time also prepare me a lodging, for I hope that through your prayers I will be given to you.
Philemon 1:23
  Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,
Philemon 1:24
  as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow workers.
Philemon 1:25
  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
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