Berean Literal Bible
Greetings from Paul and Timothy
1Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,
To Philemon, our beloved and fellow worker, 2and to Apphia our sister, and to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church at your house:
3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philemon's Faith and Love
4I thank my God always, making mention of you upon my prayers, 5hearing of your love and the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, 6so that the fellowship of your faith might become effective in the acknowledgment of every good thing that is in you toward Christ. 7For I have great joy and encouragement by occasion of your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.
Paul's Appeal for Onesimus
8Therefore, having much boldness in Christ to order you what is befitting, 9rather, I exhort you for the sake of love, being such a one as Paul, now aged and also a prisoner of Christ Jesus.
10I exhort you for my child whom I have begotten in chains, Onesimus,a 11once useless to you, but now useful both to you and to me, 12whom I have sent back to you in person—he who is my very heart— 13whom I was wishing to keep with myself, so that on behalf of you he might serve me in the chains of the gospel.
14But I wanted to do nothing apart from your consent, so that your good may be not as according to necessity, but according to willingness. 15For perhaps because of this he was separated from you for a time, so that you might possess him eternally, 16no longer as a slave, but above a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
17Therefore, if you consider me a partner, receive him as me. 18But if in any way he has wronged you or he owes you, charge this to me. 19I Paul did write with my own hand. I will repay it, that I may not say to you that you owe also to me even yourself.
20Yes, brother, may I have profit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.
21Being persuaded of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even above what I say.
22Now at the same time, also prepare a lodging for me; for I hope that through your prayers, I will be granted to you.
23Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, 24as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.
25The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.b
b 25 BYZ and TR include Amen.