1Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer, 2And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house: 3Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, 5Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; 6That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. 7For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
8Wherefore, though I might be much
bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient, 9Yet
for love’s sake I rather beseech
thee, being such an one as Paul
the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. 10I beseech
thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds: 11Which
in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to
me: 12Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that
is, mine own bowels:
13Whom I would have retained with me, that
in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:
without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as
it were of necessity, but willingly. 15For perhaps he therefore
departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever; 16Not
now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to
me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?
thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.
he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;
19I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay
it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine
own self besides. 20Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in
the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord. 21Having confidence
in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more
than I say. 22But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust
that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.
salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;
Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.
25The grace of
our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
The King James Version