1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our beloved and fellow worker, 2 and to the beloved Apphia and to Archippus our fellow soldier and to the congregation* in your house: 3 grace to you° and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I am always giving-thanks to my God, making* a remembrance of you in my prayers, 5 hearing of your love* and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the holy-ones; 6 *that the fellowship of your faith might become effective in the full knowledge of every good thing, which is in you°, to Christ Jesus. 7 For* we have much gratitude and comfort in your love*, because the hearts* of the holy-ones have been given-rest through you, brother.
8 Hence, having much boldness in Christ to command you what is proper, 9 yet because of love* I would rather encourage you, being such a one as Paul the elderly-man and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. 10 I am encouraging you concerning my child, whom I have fathered in my bonds, Onesimus, 11 who was not useful to you previously, but is useful to you now and to me whom I have sent back to you. 12 But you, receive him, this is my heart*; 13 whom I was planning to hold here for myself, in order that he might serve me in the bonds of the good-news on your behalf. 14 But I wished to do nothing without your viewpoint; in order that your good deed may not be according to necessity, but according to your voluntary deed. 15 For* perhaps because of this, he was separated from you for a season, in order that you may have him in the everlasting world; 16 no longer as a bondservant, but beyond a bondservant, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much rather to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. 17 Therefore, if you have me like a partner, receive him like myself. 18 But if he has wronged you in anything or owes you anything, charge this to my account. 19 I, Paul, write it with my own hand. I will be compensating you; in order that I may not say to you, You are even owing yourself to me. 20 Yes, brother, let me derive benefit from you in the Lord. Give-rest to my heart* in the Lord.
21 I wrote to you, having confidence in your obedience, knowing that you will be doing even beyond what I am saying. 22 But also at the same time, prepare me a lodging. For* I am hoping that through your° prayers I will be granted to you°.
23 Epaphras, my fellow captive in Christ Jesus, greets you; 24 so do my fellow workers Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke.
25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is with your° spirit. Amen.
Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1999, 2014 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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