1 PAUL, imprisoned of Jesus Christ, 'Timothy the brother, to Philemon, dearly beloved, and cooperating, 2 And to the dearly beloved Apphia, and to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and the church in thy house:
4 I thank my God, always making remembrance of thee in my prayers, 5 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou bast to the Lord Jesus, and to all the holy; 6 So that the mutual participation of thy faith might be effective in acknowledgment of every good in you to Christ Jesus. 7 For we have much grace and consolation upon thy love, for the bowels of the holy are refreshed by thee, brother.
8 Wherefore, having much freedom of speech in Christ to enjoin thee what concerns thee, 9 By love I beseech rather, being such as Paul an aged man, and now also the imprisoned of Jesus Christ. 10 I beseech thee for my child whom I begat in my bonds, Onesimus. 11 Once unprofitable to thee, but now more profitable to thee and to me: 12 Whom I sent back: and thou him, that is, my bowels, receive again: 13 Whom I was wishing to retain to myself, that for thee he might serve me in the bonds of the good news: 14 But without thy judgment I would do nothing; that good might not be as according to necessity, but according to free will. 15 For perhaps therefore he was separated for a time, that thou mightest receive him forever; 16 No more as a servant, but above a servant, a dearly beloved brother, especially to me, and how much rather to thee, also in the flesh, and in the Lord?
17 If therefore thou hold me a participator, receive him in addition as me. 18 And if he injured thee any, or is indebted, charge this to me. 19 I Paul wrote with my hand, I will pay back: that I say not to thee, for thou owest thyself to me also in addition. 20 Yea, brother, may I be profited by thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord. 21 Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote to thee, knowing that thou wilt do above what I say to thee. 22 And at the same time also prepare for me a reception as a guest: for I hope that by your prayers I shall be given as a favor to you.
23 Epaphras greets thee, my fellow-captive in Christ Jesus; 24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my co-workers.