Philemon 1:1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our beloved and fellow-worker, Philemon 1:2 and to Apphia our sister, and to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the church in thy house: Philemon 1:3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
He rejoiceth to hear of the faith and love of Philemon,
Philemon 1:4 I thank my God always, making mention of thee in my prayers, Philemon 1:5 hearing of thy love, and of the faith which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all the saints; Philemon 1:6 that the fellowship of thy faith may become effectual, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in you, unto Christ. Philemon 1:7 For I had much joy and comfort in thy love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through thee, brother. Philemon 1:8 Wherefore, though I have all boldness in Christ to enjoin thee that which is befitting,
whom he desireth to forgive his servant Onesimus, and lovingly to receive him again.
Philemon 1:9 yet for love's sake I rather beseech, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now a prisoner also of Christ Jesus: Philemon 1:10 I beseech thee for my child, whom I have begotten in my bonds, Onesimus, Philemon 1:11 who was aforetime unprofitable to thee, but now is profitable to thee and to me: Philemon 1:12 whom I have sent back to thee in his own person, that is, my very heart: Philemon 1:13 whom I would fain have kept with me, that in thy behalf he might minister unto me in the bonds of the gospel: Philemon 1:14 but without thy mind I would do nothing; that thy goodness should not be as of necessity, but of free will. Philemon 1:15 For perhaps he was therefore parted [from thee] for a season, that thou shouldest have him for ever; Philemon 1:16 no longer as a servant, but more than a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much rather to thee, both in the flesh and in the Lord. Philemon 1:17 If then thou countest me a partner, receive him as myself. Philemon 1:18 But if he hath wronged thee at all, or oweth [thee] aught, put that to mine account; Philemon 1:19 I Paul write it with mine own hand, I will repay it: that I say not unto thee how that thou owest to me even thine own self besides. Philemon 1:20 Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my heart in Christ. Philemon 1:21 Having confidence in thine obedience I write unto thee, knowing that thou wilt do even beyond what I say. Philemon 1:22 But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I hope that through your prayers I shall be granted unto you. Philemon 1:23 Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus, saluteth thee; Philemon 1:24 [and so do] Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow-workers. Philemon 1:25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.