Philemon 1

English Standard Version

1 Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker (Eph 3:1; 1Th 3:2; Phm 1:9) 2 and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house: (Ro 16:5; Php 2:25; Col 4:17) 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ro 1:7) 4 I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, (Ro 1:8) 5 because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, (Eph 1:15; Col 1:4) 6 and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.[1] (Php 1:9; Col 1:9) 7 For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. (Ro 15:32; 2Co 7:4; 2Co 7:13; Col 4:11; 2Ti 1:16; Phm 1:20) 8 Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, (Eph 5:4; 1Th 2:6) 9 yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus— (Phm 1:1) 10 I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus,[2] whose father I became in my imprisonment. (1Co 4:15; Ga 4:19; Col 4:9; Phm 1:13; 3Jo 1:4) 11 (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) 12 I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. 13 I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel, (1Co 16:17; Php 1:7; Phm 1:10) 14 but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord. (2Co 9:7; 1Pe 5:2) 15 For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, (Ge 45:5; Ge 45:8) 16 no longer as a bondservant[3] but more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. (Mt 23:8; 1Co 7:22; Eph 6:5; Col 3:22; Col 4:9; 1Ti 6:2) 17 So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me. (2Co 8:23) 18 If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. 19 I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. (1Co 16:21) 20 Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ. (Phm 1:7) 21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. (2Co 2:3) 22 At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given to you. (2Co 1:11; Php 1:25; Php 2:24; Heb 13:19) 23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you, (Ro 16:7; Col 1:7) 24 and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers. (Col 4:10; Col 4:14; 2Ti 4:10) 25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. (Ga 6:18)