1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy the brother, to Philemon our beloved friend and fellowlaborer, 2 and to the beloved Apphia, and to Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:
4 I thank my God at all times, making mention of thee in my prayers, 5 hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints; 6 that the fellowship of thy faith may become effectual in the knowledge of every good thing which is in us, for Christ Jesus. 7 For we have great thankfulness and comfort on account of thy love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by thee, brother.
8 Wherefore, though I have much boldness in Christ to enjoin upon thee that which is befitting, 9 yet for loves sake I beseech thee rather; being such a one as Paul an old man, and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus, 10 I beseech thee for my child, whom I begot in my bonds, Onesimus; 11 who in time past was unprofitable to thee, but is now profitable to thee and to me; 12 whom I have sent back; and do thou [receive] him, that is, my own flesh. 13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might minister to me in the bonds of the gospel; 14 but I chose to do nothing without thy consent, that thy benefit may be not as from necessity, but willingly. 15 For perhaps he was separated from thee for a season to this end, that thou shouldst receive him back as thine for ever; 16 no longer as a bondservant, but above a bondservant, a brother beloved, especially to me, but how much more to thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord!
17 If thou then regardest me as a partner, receive him as myself. 18 And if he wronged thee in anything, or oweth thee, put that to my account. 19 I Paul have written it with my own hand, I will repay it; not to say to thee, that to me thou owest even thy own self besides. 20 Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. 21 Having confidence in thy obedience I have written to thee, knowing that thou wilt do even more than I say. 22 And at the same time make ready a lodging for me; for I hope that through your prayers I shall be granted to you.
23 Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus, 24 Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellowlaborers, salute thee.