Paul, a a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,
To Philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer, 2 to 1 the beloved Apphia, b Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 c I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, 5 d hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, 6 that the sharing of your faith may become effective e by the acknowledgment of f every good thing which is in 2 you in Christ Jesus. 7 For we 3 have great 4 joy and 5 consolation in your love, because the 6 hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.
8 Therefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to command you what is fitting, 9 yet for love's sake I rather appeal to you - being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ - 10 I appeal to you for my son g Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains, 11 who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me. 12 I am sending him 7 back. You therefore receive him, that is, my own 8 heart, 13 whom I wished to keep with me, that on your behalf he might minister to me in my chains for the gospel. 14 But without your consent I wanted to do nothing, h that your good deed might not be by compulsion, as it were, but voluntary. 15 For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever, 16 no longer as a slave but more than a slave - a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the i flesh and in the Lord.
17 If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me. 18 But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account. 19 I, Paul, am writing with my own j hand. I will repay - not to mention to you that you owe me even your own self besides. 20 Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord.
21 k Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. 22 But, meanwhile, also prepare a guest room for me, for l I trust that m through your prayers I shall be granted to you.
23 n Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, 24 as do o Mark, p Aristarchus, q Demas, r Luke, my fellow laborers.
25 s The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.