Philemon 1:1 Paul the prysoner of Iesu Christe and brother Timotheus. Vnto Philemon the beloued, & oure healper, Philemon 1:2 and to the beloued Appia, and to Archyppus our felowe souldyer, & to the congregacyon of thy house. Philemon 1:3 Grace be wyth you and peace from God our father, and from the Lorde Iesus Christ.
He rejoiceth to hear of the faith and love of Philemon,
Philemon 1:4 I thanke my God, makynge mention alwayes of the in my prayers, Philemon 1:5 when I heare of thy loue and fayth, which thou hast towarde the Lorde Iesu, and towarde all saynctes: Philemon 1:6 so that the fellowshyppe that thou haste in the fayth, is frutefull thorowe knowledge of all good thynges, whiche are in you by Iesus Christe. Philemon 1:7 And we haue greate ioye, and consolation ouer thy loue: For by the (brother) the sainctes hertes are conforted. Philemon 1:8 Wherfore though I be bolde in Christe to enioyne the, that whiche becommeth the:
whom he desireth to forgive his servant Onesimus, and lovingly to receive him again.
Philemon 1:9 yet for loues sake I rather beseche the, thoughe I be as I am euen Paule aged, and now in bondes for Iesu Christes sake. Philemon 1:10 I beseche the for my sonne Onesimus, whom I begat in my bondes, Philemon 1:11 whiche in tyme passed was to the vnprofytable both to the, and also to me, Philemon 1:12 whome I haue sente home agayne. Thou therfore receyue hym, that is to say, myne owne bowels Philemon 1:13 whome I woulde fayne haue receyued with me, that in thy stede he myght haue ministred vnto me in the bondes of the Gospell. Philemon 1:14 Neuer thelesse, wythout thy mynde, woulde I do nothynge, that the good whiche spryngeth of þe shoulde not be as it were of necessytie, but wyllynglye. Philemon 1:15 Happelye he therfore departed for a season that thou shouldest receyue hym for euer, Philemon 1:16 not nowe as a seruaunte, but aboue a seruaunte I meane a brother beloued, specyally to me: but howe muche more vnto the, bothe in the fleshe and also in the Lorde? Philemon 1:17 Yf thou count me a felowe, receyue hym as my selfe. Philemon 1:18 Yf he haue hurte the, or oweth the oughte that laye to my charge. Philemon 1:19 I Paule haue wryten it wt myne owne hande, I wyll recompence it. So that I do not saye, to the, howe that thou owest vnto me euen thyne owne selfe. Philemon 1:20 Euen so brother, let me enioye the in the Lorde. Comforte my bowelles in the Lord. Philemon 1:21 Trusting in thyne obedyence, I wrote vnto the, knowing, that thou wylt do more then I saye for. Philemon 1:22 Moreouer prepare me lodgynge: for I truste thorowe the healpe of your prayers, I shall be geuen vnto you. Philemon 1:23 There salute the Epaphras my felowe prysoner in christ Iesu. Philemon 1:24 Marcus, Aristarchus Demas, Lucas, my helpers. Philemon 1:25 The grace of our Lorde Iesu Christe be with youre spyrytes Amen.