The Scriptures (ISR 1998)
1Sha’ul, a prisoner of Messiah יהושע, and Timothy the brother, to Philemon our beloved one and fellow worker,
2and Apphia our sister, and Archippos our fellow soldier, and the assembly at your house:
3Favour to you and peace from Elohim our Father and the Master יהושע Messiah.
4I always thank my Elohim when I mention you in my prayers,
5hearing of your love and the belief which you have toward the Master יהושע and toward all the set-apart ones,
6so that the sharing of your belief might become working in the knowledge of all the good which is in you toward Messiah יהושע.
7For we have much joy and encouragement in your love, because the tender affections of the set-apart ones have been refreshed by you, brother.
8Therefore, although I have much boldness in Messiah to command you what is fitting,
9because of love, I rather appeal – being such a one as Sha’ul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of יהושע Messiah –
10I appeal to you for my child Onesimos, whom I brought forth while in my chains,
11who formerly was of no use to you, but now is of good use to you and to me,
12whom I sent back to you, and receive him, that is, my own tender affections,
13whom I wished to keep with me, that on your behalf he might serve me in my chains for the Good News.
14But without your opinion I wished to do none at all, so that your good deed should not be by way of necessity, but voluntary.
15For he parted from you for a while, possibly because of this, so that you might have him back forever,
16no longer as a slave but more than a slave, as a beloved brother, especially to me, and how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Master.
17So, if you regard me as your partner, receive him as you would me.
18But if he has wronged you or owes you whatever, put that on my account.
19I, Sha’ul, wrote with my own hand. I shall repay – not to mention to you that you indeed owe yourself to me also.
20Yes, brother, let me derive pleasure from you in the Master, refresh my tender affections in the Master.
21Trusting in your obedience, I wrote to you, knowing that you shall do even more than I say.
22And at the same time also prepare a place for me to stay, for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given to you.
23Epaphras, fellow prisoner of me in Messiah יהושע, greets you,
24and Mark, Aristarchos, Demas, Luke, my fellow workers.
25The favour of our Master יהושע Messiah be with your spirit. Amĕn.