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1 Paul, prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timotheus the brother, to Philemon the beloved and our fellow-workman,

2 and to the sister Apphia and to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the assembly which {is} in thine house.

3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and {the} Lord Jesus Christ.

4 I thank my God, always making mention of thee at my prayers,

5 hearing of thy love and the faith which thou hast towards the Lord Jesus, and towards all the saints,

6 in such sort that thy participation in the faith should become operative in the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in us towards Christ {Jesus}.

7 For we have great thankfulness and encouragement through thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.

8 Wherefore having much boldness in Christ to enjoin thee what is fitting,

9 for love's sake I rather exhort, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now also prisoner of Jesus Christ.

10 I exhort thee for *my* child, whom I have begotten in {my} bonds, Onesimus,

11 once unserviceable to thee, but now serviceable to thee and to me:

12 whom I have sent back to thee: {but do *thou* receive} him, that is, *my* bowels:

13 whom *I* was desirous of keeping with myself, that for thee he might minister to me in the bonds of the glad tidings;

14 but I have wished to do nothing without thy mind, that thy good might not be as of necessity but of willingness:

15 for perhaps for this reason he has been separated {from thee} for a time, that thou mightest possess him fully for ever;

16 not any longer as a bondman, but above a bondman, a beloved brother, specially to me, and how much rather to thee, both in {the} flesh and in {the} Lord?

17 If therefore thou holdest me to be a partner {with thee}, receive him as me;

18 but if he have wronged thee anything or owe anything {to thee}, put this to my account.

19 *I* Paul have written {it} with mine own hand; *I* will repay {it}: that I say not to thee that thou owest even thine own self also to me.

20 Yea, brother, *I* would have profit of *thee* in {the} Lord: refresh my bowels in Christ.

21 Being confident of thine obedience, I have written to thee, knowing that thou wilt do even more than I say.

22 But withal prepare me also a lodging; for I hope that I shall be granted to you through your prayers.

23 Epaphras salutes thee, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus;

24 Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow-workmen.

25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ {be} with your spirit.

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