1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellow laborer, 2 And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:
4 I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, 5 Hearing of your love and faith, which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; 6 That the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. 7 For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints are refreshed by you, brother.
8 Therefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to command you that which is required, 9 Yet for love's sake I rather beseech you, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. 10 I beseech you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds: 11 Who in time past was to you unprofitable, but now profitable to you and to me: 12 Whom I have sent again: you therefore receive him, that is, my own heart: 13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in your stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel: 14 But without your consent would I do nothing; that your benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly. 15 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that you should receive him forever; 16 Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, especially to me, but how much more unto you, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?
17 If you count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself. 18 If he has wronged you, or owes you anything, put that on my account; 19 I Paul have written it with my own hand, I will repay it: nevertheless I do not say to you how you owe me even your own self besides. 20 Yea, brother, let me have joy of you in the Lord: refresh my heart in the Lord. 21 Having confidence in your obedience I wrote unto you, knowing that you will also do more than I say. 22 At the same time prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.
23 There greet you Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus; 24 Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers.