Book of Philemon
One of the four prison Epistles
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|Apostle Paul (v 1:1), wrote while he was under house arrest in Rome||
Paul wrote this letter to Philemon, the master of the runaway slave Onesimus.
Now a brother in Christ, Paul sent Onesimus back to Philemon with this letter
in hand. And he appeals to Philemon to take Onesimus back not only as a slave but
also as a brother in Christ. Asking also that while he remains under Roman
house arrest, that Philemon would send Onesimus back to Him.
1Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus and Timothy our brother,
To Philemon, our beloved friend and fellow laborer. 2Also to your beloved wife, your son our soldier in Christ and to the church that meets in your home. 3Grace and peace be with you, from our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4I thank God for you, remembering you always in my prayers. 5Hearing of the love and faith that you have for the Lord Jesus Christ and for all the saints. 6That through the acknowledgement of every good thing that is within you from Christ Jesus, the sharing of your faith may become effective. 7For we take great joy and comfort, knowing that by the love that you have for the saints, you have brought them much refreshing.
8Being very bold in Christ, I Paul, might charge you to do what is right and fitting. 9Yet for love sake I, Paul, appeal to you, for I am aged and now a prisoner for Jesus Christ. 10I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who I have mentored while in my chains. 11Once he was unprofitable to you, but now he is profitable to both of us. 12I am sending him back to you, receive him just as you would my own heart. 13I've actually wished to keep him with me, that for your benefit, he might minister to me while I am in chains. 14However, without your consent I would not do this, that your good deed might not be forced but be voluntary and profitable for you. 15Perhaps it was for this reason that he left you, that you might receive him back forever. 16No longer as a slave, but much more than a slave, rather a beloved brother in the Lord, to me, but even more so to you.
17If you count me as a partner, receive him as you would receive me. 18For if he has wronged you or has a debt with you, put that on my account. 19I, Paul, am witting this with my own hand, I will repay, not to mention that you owe me even your own life. 20Brother, refresh my heart and allow me to rejoice in the Lord. 21With confidence in your obedience, I write to you knowing that you will do above even what I have asked. 22In the meanwhile, prepare a room for me, for I trust that through your prayers, I shall be granted my release.
23Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,
24as so does Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow prisoners
in Christ Jesus.
25The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,