a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly
beloved, and fellow labourer,
And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow soldier,
and to the church in your house:
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord
thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers,
Hearing of your love (o. agape) and faith, which you have
toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;
That the communication of your faith may become effectual
by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
1:7 For we
have great joy and consolation in your love, (o. agape) because the bowels of
the saints are refreshed by you, brother.
Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to admonish
you that which is convenient,
Yet for love's (o. agape) sake I rather plead to you, being
such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
1:10 I plead
to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:
Which in time past was to you useless, but now profitable
to you and to me:
Whom I have sent again: you therefore receive him, that
is, mine own bowels:
Whom I would have retained with me, that in your position
he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:
But without your mind would I do nothing; that your benefit
should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that you
should receive him for ever;
Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved,
specially to me, but how much more unto you, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?
you count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.
If he has wronged you, or owes you ought, put that on mine
Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: although it be I do
not say to you how you owe unto me even yours own self besides.
Yea, brother, let me have joy of you in the Lord: refresh
my bowels in the Lord.
Having confidence in your obedience I wrote unto you, knowing
that you will also do more than I say.
But likewise prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that
through your prayers I shall be given unto you.
There salute you Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner in Christ
Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellow labourers.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
(o. pneuma) Amen.