Onesimus Returns to Philemon with Paul's Letter1-11
|1||Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,||prisoner Philemon|
|2||And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:||Apphia church in thy house|
to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
|4||I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,|
|5||Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;|
|6||That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.||the communication|
|7||For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.||bowels of the saints|
|8||Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,|
|9||Yet for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.||Paul the aged|
|10||I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:||my son Onesimus|
|11||Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:||unprofitable|
|12||Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:|
|13||Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:|
|14||But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.|
|15||For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;|
|16||Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?||above a servant|
|17||If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.||partner|
|18||If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;||on mine account|
|19||I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.|
|20||Yea, brother, let me have joy of
thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.
|21||Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.|
|22||But withal prepare
me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be
given unto you.
|23||There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;||Epaphras|
|24||Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas,
Lucas, my fellowlabourers.
|25||The grace of our Lord
Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
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