THE EPISTLE OF THE APOSTLE PAUL TO PHILEMON

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 PHILEMON  1

 

1  PAUL, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother,
   Unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellow laborer,
2  And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus,
   Our fellow soldiers, and to the church in thy house:
3  Grace 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; for we have great joy and consolation in thy love,
   Because many of the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through thee, my beloved brother.
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 Paul, an old man,
   And now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus,
   Whom I have begotten in my bonds;
11 Which in time past was to thee unprofitable,
   But now profitable unto thee and unto me; whom I have sent again;
   Thou therefore receive him, who is in my heart;
13 Whom I would have retained with me,
   That in thy stead he might have ministered unto me,
   In the bonds of the gospel; but without thy mind I do nothing,
   That thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but done willingly.
15 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him forever;
16 And not as a slave, but above a slave, a brother beloved, specially unto me,
   But how much more unto thee, both in the flesh and in the Lord?
17 If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.
18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee anything,
   Put that 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.
20 Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord.
21 Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee,
   Knowing that thou wilt 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 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings;
24 As do Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellow laborers.
25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
   Amen.