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1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our beloved and fellow worker, 2 and to the beloved Apphia and to Archippus our fellow soldier and to the congregation* in your house: 3 grace to you* and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I am always giving-thanks to my God, making* a remembrance of you in my prayers, 5 hearing of your love* and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the holy-ones; 6 *that the fellowship of your faith might become effective in the full knowledge of every good thing, which is in you*, to Christ Jesus. 7 For* we have much gratitude and comfort in your love*, because the hearts* of the holy-ones have been given-rest through you, brother.
8 Hence, having much boldness in Christ to command you what is proper, 9 yet because of love* I would rather encourage you, being such a one as Paul the elderly-man and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. 10 I am encouraging you concerning my child, whom I fathered in my bonds, Onesimus, 11 who was not useful to you previously, but is useful to you now and to me, whom I sent back to you. 12 But you, receive him, this is my heart*; 13 whom I was planning to hold here for myself, in order that he might serve me in the bonds of the good-news on your behalf. 14 But I wished to do nothing without your viewpoint; in order that your good deed may not be according to necessity, but according to your voluntary deed. 15 For* perhaps because of this, he was separated from you for a season, in order that you may fully have him in the everlasting world; 16 no longer as a bondservant, but beyond a bondservant, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much rather to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. 17 Therefore, if you have me like a partner, receive him like myself. 18 But if he wronged you in anything or owes you anything, charge this to my account. 19 I, Paul, wrote this with my own hand. I will be compensating you; in order that I may not say to you, You are even owing yourself to me. 20 Yes, brother, let me derive benefit from you in the Lord. Give-rest to my heart* in the Lord. 21 I wrote to you, having confidence in your obedience, knowing that you will be doing even beyond what I am saying. 22 But also at the same time, prepare me a lodging. For* I am hoping that through your* prayers I will be granted to you*.
23 Epaphras, my fellow captive in Christ Jesus, greets you; 24 so do my fellow workers Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke. 25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is with your* spirit. Amen.
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