Bishops' Bible

Philemon 1

Philemon 1:1 Paul a prisoner of Iesus Christ, and brother Timotheus: Unto Philemo the beloued, and our felowe labourer, Philemon 1:2 And to the beloued Apphia, and to Archippus our felowe souldier, and to the Churche in thy house: Philemon 1:3 Grace to you, and peace from God our father, and the Lorde Iesus Christ.

He rejoiceth to hear of the faith and love of Philemon,

Philemon 1:4 I thanke my God, makyng mention alwayes of thee in my prayers, Philemon 1:5 Hearyng of thy loue and fayth, which thou hast towarde the Lorde Iesus, and towarde all saintes: Philemon 1:6 That the felowshippe of thy fayth may be effectuall in the knowledge of euery good [worke] which is in you, towarde Christe Iesus. Philemon 1:7 For we haue great ioy & consolation in thy loue, because the bowels of the saintes are refresshed by thee, brother. Philemon 1:8 Wherfore, though I myght be much bolde in Christe, to inioyne thee that which is conuenient:

whom he desireth to forgive his servant Onesimus, and lovingly to receive him again.

Philemon 1:9 Yet for loues sake, I rather beseche thee, beyng such a one as Paul the aged, & nowe also a prisoner of Iesus Christe. Philemon 1:10 I beseche thee for my sonne Onesimus, whom I haue begotten in my bondes: Philemon 1:11 Which in tyme passed, was to thee vnprofitable, but nowe profitable to thee and to me. Philemon 1:12 Whom I haue sent agayne: Thou therefore receaue hym, that is, myne owne bowels, Philemon 1:13 Whom I woulde haue retayned with me, that in thy steade he myght haue ministred vnto me in the bondes of the Gospell: Philemon 1:14 But without thy mynde woulde I do nothyng, that thy benefite shoulde not be as it were of necessitie, but willingly. Philemon 1:15 For happyly he therfore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receaue hym for euer: Philemon 1:16 Not nowe as a seruaunt, but aboue a seruaunt, a brother beloued, specially to me: but howe much more vnto thee, both in the fleshe, and in the Lorde? Philemon 1:17 If thou count me therfore a felowe, receaue hym as my selfe. Philemon 1:18 If he haue iniuried, or oweth [thee ought] that lay to my charge. Philemon 1:19 I Paul haue written it with myne owne hande, I wyll recompence it: Albeit, I do not say to thee, howe that thou owest vnto me euen thyne owne selfe. Philemon 1:20 Yea brother, let me enioy this pleasure of thee in the Lorde: Comfort my bowels in the Lorde. Philemon 1:21 Trustyng in thine obedience, I wrote vnto thee, knowyng, that thou wilt also do more then I say. Philemon 1:22 Moreouer, prepare me also a lodgyng: for I trust that through your prayers, I shalbe geuen vnto you. Philemon 1:23 There salute thee Epaphras, my felowe prisoner in Christe Iesus. Philemon 1:24 Marcus, Aristarcus, Demas, Lucas, my felowe labourers. Philemon 1:25 The grace of our Lorde Iesus Christ [be] with your spirite. Amen. {Written from Rome, by Onesimus a seruaunt.}

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