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11Paul, aa prisoner for Christ Jesus, and bTimothy our brother,

To Philemon our beloved fellow worker

See 1 Thess. 3:2

9; See Eph. 3:1

2and Apphia our sister and cArchippus our dfellow soldier, and ethe church in your house:

See Rom. 16:5

Phil. 2:25

Col. 4:17

3fGrace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

See Rom. 1:7

Philemon's Love and Faith

4gI thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers,

See Rom. 1:8

5because I hhear of your love and iof the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints,

Eph. 1:15

Col. 1:4

6and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full jknowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.1

Phil. 1:9; Col. 1:9

Or for Christ's service

7For I have derived much joy and kcomfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints lhave been refreshed through you.

20; 2 Tim. 1:16; [Rom. 15:32; 2 Cor. 7:13]

[2 Cor. 7:4, 13; Col. 4:11]

Paul's Plea for Onesimus

8Accordingly, mthough I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do nwhat is required,

Eph. 5:4

[1 Thess. 2:6]

9yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to youI, Paul, an old man and now oa prisoner also for Christ Jesus


10I appeal to you for pmy child, qOnesimus,2 rwhose father I became in my imprisonment.

13; 1 Cor. 4:15; [Gal. 4:19]

Col. 4:9

See 3 John 4

Onesimus means useful (see verse 11) or beneficial (see verse 20)

11(Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.)

12I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart.

13I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me son your behalf tduring my imprisonment for the gospel,

10; See Phil. 1:7

See 1 Cor. 16:17

14but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be uby compulsion but of your own accord.

[2 Cor. 9:7; 1 Pet. 5:2]

15For this perhaps is why vhe was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever,

[Gen. 45:5, 8]

16wno longer as a bondservant3 but more than a bondservant, as xa beloved brotherespecially to me, but how much more to you, yboth in the flesh and in the Lord.

Col. 3:22; [Eph. 6:5]

Matt. 23:8; Col. 4:9; 1 Tim. 6:2

See 1 Cor. 7:22

Or slave; twice in this verse (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)

17So if you consider me zyour partner, receive him as you would receive me.

2 Cor. 8:23

18If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account.

19aI, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay itto say nothing of your owing me even your own self.

See 1 Cor. 16:21

20Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. bRefresh my heart in Christ.

See 7

21cConfident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.

See 2 Cor. 2:3

22At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for dI am hoping that ethrough your prayers fI will be graciously given to you.

[Heb. 13:19]

See 2 Cor. 1:11

Phil. 1:25; 2:24

Final Greetings

23gEpaphras, my hfellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you,

Rom. 16:7

See Col. 1:7

24and so do iMark, iAristarchus, jDemas, and jLuke, my fellow workers.

See Col. 4:14; 2 Tim. 4:10

See Col. 4:10

25kThe grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

See Gal. 6:18