Philemon 1

    The Epistle of Paul to

    Chapter 1

    The gospel changes a servant into a brother.

    1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,

    2 And to our beloved Apphia, and aArchippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:

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

    4 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,

    5 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;

    6 That the acommunication of thy faith may become beffectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

    7 For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the abowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.

    8 Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,

    9 Yet for love’s sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.

    10 I beseech thee for my son aOnesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:

    11 Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:

    12 Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:

    13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:

    14 But without thy amind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.

    15 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;

    16 Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a abrother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?

    17 If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.

    18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee aought, put that on mine account;

    19 I 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.

    20 Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.

    21 Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.

    22 But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your aprayers I shall be given unto you.

    23 There salute thee aEpaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;

    24 Marcus, Aristarchus, aDemas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.

    25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

    Written from Rome to Philemon, by Onesimus a servant.