Philemon From Slave to Servant The Revealed Translation
Philemon 1:1 From Paul, a prisoner for serving Jesus Christ, and Timothy, a brother in faith. To Philemon, our dear friend and coworker.
Philemon 1:2 and to our dear friend Apphia, and to Archippus, a fellow soldier, and the church that meets in your home.
Philemon 1:3 Grace and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Philemon 1:4 I thank God for you every time I pray,
Philemon 1:5 because I hear about your faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and your love for God's people.
Philemon 1:6 And how you share your faith and life with others so that they may come to know all the blessings of Jesus Christ.
Philemon 1:7 Your love brings joy, encouragement, and refreshment to God's people.
Philemon 1:8 Jesus Christ gives me the boldness to bring a command to you.
Philemon 1:9 But I would rather appeal to you out of love as Paul the well seasoned prisoner for Jesus Christ,
Philemon 1:10 I appeal to you to help my son in the faith, Onesimus, because I led him to Jesus Christ while here in prison chains.
Philemon 1:11 He was unprofitable to you but now he is useful to both you and me.
Philemon 1:12 I am sending him back to you and desire that you will receive him.
Philemon 1:13 I would like to keep him here as he takes your place in helping me minister the good news while I am in chains.
Philemon 1:14 But I won't do anything unless you agree because I want your act of kindness to come from your heart, not from pressure.
Philemon 1:15 Perhaps he was removed from you for a while so that you could receive him back for good,
Philemon 1:16 but not as a slave, but as a dear friend and brother in the Lord.
Philemon 1:17 If you consider me a partner through Jesus Christ, then receive him as you would receive me.
Philemon 1:18 If he has cheated you or owes you anything then charge it to my account.
Philemon 1:19 With my own hand I write: I will repay you - But keep in mind that you owe me your own self.
Philemon 1:20 My brother in our Lord, please bring me joy and refreshment by doing this for me.
Philemon 1:21 I am confident you will do even more than what I ask.
Philemon 1:22 Prepare a guest room for me because I trust your prayers will be answered and I will visit you.
Philemon 1:23 Epaphras, a fellow prisoner of Jesus Christ, greets you.
Philemon 1:24 as well as Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.
Philemon 1:25 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.