Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our beloved and fellow-worker,
and to Apphia our sister, and to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the congregation in your house:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers,
because I hear of your love, and of the trust that you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the holy ones
6and I pray that your fully sharing yourself, which arises from your trust, is energized by the acknowledging of every good thing that is in us pertaining to Christ.
For I had much joy and encouragement in your love, because the hearts of the holy ones
have been refreshed through you, brother.
Therefore, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do
that which is proper,
yet I rather appeal to you
for love’s sake, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now a prisoner also of Christ Jesus,
10I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become during my imprisonment,
who once was useless to you, but now is useful to you and to me,
whom I have sent back to you in his own person (that is, my very heart),
whom I would have liked to keep with me so that on your behalf he could minister to me during my imprisonment for the Good News.
But without your consent I would do nothing, in order that your goodness should not be as of necessity, but of free will.
15For perhaps he was for this reason parted from you for a season, that you should have him forever,
no longer as a servant, but more than a servant, a brother beloved, especially to me, but how much rather to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
If, then, you count me a partner, receive him as myself.
18But if he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to me.
I Paul write this with my own hand, I will repay it
(that I do not say to you that you owe to me even your own self as well).
20Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my bowels in Christ.
Having confidence in your obedience I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.
And at the same time also prepare me a lodging, for I hope that through your prayers I will be granted to you.
Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,
24and so do
Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke—my fellow-workers.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.