Philemon 1 New American Standard Bible

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

Philemon's Love and Faith

4  I thank my God always , making mention of you in my prayers , 5  because I hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the [3]saints ; 6  and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective [4]through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you [5]for Christ's sake . 7  For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love , because the [6]hearts of the [7]saints have been refreshed through you, brother .

Paul Pleads for Onesimus

8  Therefore , though I have [8]enough confidence in Christ to order you to do what is proper , 9  yet for love's sake I rather appeal to you-since I am such a person as Paul , [9] the aged , and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus - 10  I appeal to you for my child [10] Onesimus , whom I have begotten in my [11]imprisonment , 11  who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me. 12  I have sent him back to you in person , that is, sending my very heart , 13  whom I wished to keep with me, so that on your behalf he might minister to me in my [12] imprisonment for the gospel ; 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 . 15  For perhaps he was for this reason separated from you for a while , that you would have him back forever , 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 . 17  If then you regard me a partner , accept him as you would me. 18  But if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything , charge that to my account ; 19  I, Paul , am writing this with my own hand , I will repay it ( not to [13]mention to you that you owe to me even your own self as well ). 20  Yes , brother , let me benefit from you in the Lord ; refresh my heart in Christ . 21  Having confidence in your obedience , I write to you, since I know that you will do even more than what I say . 22  At the same time also prepare me a lodging , for I hope that through your prayers I will be given to you.

Final Greetings

23  Epaphras , my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus , greets you, 24  as do Mark , Aristarchus , Demas , Luke , my fellow workers . 25  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit .[14]

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[1] 1:1 Lit "the"

[2] 1:2 Lit "the"

[3] 1:5 Or "holy ones"

[4] 1:6 Or "in"

[5] 1:6 Lit "toward Christ"

[6] 1:7 Lit "inward parts"

[7] 1:7 Or "holy ones"

[8] 1:8 Lit "much"

[9] 1:9 Or "an ambassador"

[10] 1:10 I.e. useful

[11] 1:10 Lit "bonds"

[12] 1:13 Lit "bonds"

[13] 1:19 Lit "say"

[14] 1:25 One early ms adds "Amen"

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