Revised English Version

The Epistle of Paul to Philemon  


1Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our beloved and fellow-worker, 2and to Apphia our sister, and to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the congregation in your house: 3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers, 5because 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. 7For I had much joy and encouragement in your love, because the hearts of the holy ones have been refreshed through you, brother. 8Therefore, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do that which is proper, 9yet 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, 11who once was useless to you, but now is useful to you and to me, 12whom I have sent back to you in his own person (that is, my very heart), 13whom 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. 14But 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, 16no 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. 17If, 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. 19I 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. 21Having confidence in your obedience I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. 22And at the same time also prepare me a lodging, for I hope that through your prayers I will be granted to you. 23Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, 24and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke—my fellow-workers. 25The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.