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  Philemon

1Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our beloved and fellow-worker, 2and to Apphia our sister, and to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the church in your house: 3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers, 5hearing of your love, and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all the saints; 6that the fellowship of your faith may become effectual, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in you, unto Christ. 7For I had much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.

8Wherefore, though I have all boldness in Christ to enjoin you that which is befitting, 9yet for love’s sake I rather beg, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now a prisoner also of Christ Jesus: 10I beg you for my child, whom I have begotten in my bonds, O-nes-i-mus, 11who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me: 12whom I have sent back to you in his own person, that is, my very heart: 13whom I would gladly have kept with me, that in your behalf he might minister unto me in the bonds of the gospel: 14but without your mind I would do nothing; that your goodness should not be as of necessity, but of free will. 15For perhaps he was therefore parted from you for a season, that you should have him for ever; 16no longer as a servant, but more than a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much rather to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. 17If then you count me a partner, receive him as myself. 18But if he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, put that to my account; 19I Paul write it with my own hand, I will repay it: that I say not unto you that you owe to me even your own self besides. 20Yes, brother, let me have joy of you in the Lord: refresh my heart in Christ. 21Having confidence in your obedience I write unto you, knowing that you will do even beyond what I say. 22But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I hope that through your prayers I shall be granted unto you. 23Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus, salute you; 24and so does Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow-workers. 25The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

   

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