1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,
2 And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, 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 fellowship of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
7 For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the hearts of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
8 Therefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to command thee what is befitting,
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.
10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:
11 Who in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:
12 Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, my own heart:
13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered to me in the bonds of the gospel:
14 But without thy mind I would 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, especially to me, but how much more to 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 any thing, put that on my account;
19 I Paul have written it with my own hand, I will repay it: although I do not say to thee that thou owest to me even thy own self besides.
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 to thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.
22 But at the same time prepare for me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given to you.
23 There greet thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;
24 Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellowlabourers.
25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.