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Philemon chapter 1

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Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy, our brother: To Philemon, our dear friend and co-worker,
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to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church that meets in your house.
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Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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I always thank my God when I mention you in my prayers,
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because I hear of your love and faith toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints.
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[I pray] that your participation in the faith may become effective through knowing every good thing that is in us for [the glory of] Christ.
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For I have great joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
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For this reason, although I have great boldness in Christ to command you to do what is right,
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I appeal, instead, on the basis of love. I, Paul, as an elderly man and now also as a prisoner of Christ Jesus,
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appeal to you for my child, whom I fathered while in chains-- Onesimus.
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Once he was useless to you, but now he is useful to both you and me.
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I am sending him-- a part of myself-- back to you.
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I wanted to keep him with me, so that in my imprisonment for the gospel he might serve me in your place.
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But I didn't want to do anything without your consent, so that your good deed might not be out of obligation, but of your own free will.
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For perhaps this is why he was separated [from you] for a brief time, so that you might get him back permanently,
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no longer as a slave, but more than a slave-- as a dearly loved brother. This is especially so to me, but even more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
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So if you consider me a partner, accept him as you would me.
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And if he has wronged you in any way, or owes you anything, charge that to my account.
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I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it-- not to mention to you that you owe me even your own self.
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Yes, brother, may I have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.
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Since I am confident of your obedience, I am writing to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.
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But meanwhile, also prepare a guest room for me, for I hope that through your prayers I will be restored to you.
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Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, and so do
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Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my co-workers.
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The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.