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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Philemon

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            1Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy the brother, To Philemon our beloved [brother] and co-worker, 2and to the beloved Apphia and to Archippus our fellow-soldier and to the assembly [or, church] in your house: 3Grace to you* and peace from God our Father and [the] Lord Jesus Christ!

            4I give thanks to my God, always making mention of you in my prayers, 5hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the holy ones [or, saints], 6in order that the fellowship of your faith shall become effective in the full [or, true] knowledge of every good [thing], the [good] in us in [or, for] Christ Jesus. 7For I have much thankfulness and comfort [or, encouragement] over your love, because the bowels [fig., hearts] of the holy ones [or, saints] have been refreshed through you, brother.

            8For this reason, having much boldness [or, confidence] in Christ to be commanding you [to be doing] the proper [thing], 9[yet] on account of love I rather appeal, being such a one as Paul, an old man, but now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. 10I appeal to you concerning my child, whom I fathered in my bonds, Onesimus [“useful” – cp. Col 4:9]], 11the one once useless to you, but now useful to me and to you, whom I sent back. 12Now you receive him (that is, my own bowels [fig., my very heart]), 13whom I wished to be keeping to myself, so that he should minister to [or, serve] me on your behalf in the bonds of the Gospel [or, Good News]. 14But I wanted to do nothing without your consent, so that your good [deed] shall not be as by necessity, but by a voluntary [action].

            15For perhaps for this reason he departed for an hour [fig, for a while], so that you shall be having him eternally, 16no longer as a slave, but above a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in [the] flesh and in [the] Lord. 17Therefore, since you have fellowship with me, receive him as me. 18But since he wronged you or owes [something], be charging this to me [or, to my account]. 19I, Paul, wrote [this] with my [own] hand. I will repay--lest I say to you [fig., not to mention] that you owe even yourself to me! 20Yes, brother, may I have profit of you [or, let me benefit from you] in [the] Lord. Refresh my bowels [fig., heart] in [the] Lord.

            21Having been confident of your obedience, I wrote to you, knowing that even more than what I say you will do. 22But at the same time also be preparing for me a lodging [or, guest room], for I hope [or, expect] that through your* prayers I will be graciously given to you*.

        23Epaphras greets you (my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus), 24[as do] Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, [and] Luke, my co-workers! [cp. Col 4:10,14]

                25The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with your* spirit! So be it!

Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.zeolla.org/christian).
Previously copyrighted 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.

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