Philemon 1:1-25

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 Archippus 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 communication of thy faith may become effectual 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 bowels 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 Onesimus, 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 mind 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 brother 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 ought, 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 prayers I shall be given unto you. 23  There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus; 24  Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers. 25  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.