nkjv@Philemon:1:1 @ Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer,
nkjv@Philemon:1:2 @ to the beloved Apphia, Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:
nkjv@Philemon:1:3 @ Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
nkjv@Philemon:1:4 @ I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers,
nkjv@Philemon:1:5 @ hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints,
nkjv@Philemon:1:6 @ that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
nkjv@Philemon:1:7 @ For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.
nkjv@Philemon:1:8 @ Therefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to command you what is fitting,
nkjv@Philemon:1:9 @ yet for love's sake I rather appeal to you--being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ--
nkjv@Philemon:1:10 @ I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains,
nkjv@Philemon:1:11 @ who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me.
nkjv@Philemon:1:12 @ I am sending him back. You therefore receive him, that is, my own heart,
nkjv@Philemon:1:13 @ whom I wished to keep with me, that on your behalf he might minister to me in my chains for the gospel.
nkjv@Philemon:1:14 @ But without your consent I wanted to do nothing, that your good deed might not be by compulsion, as it were, but voluntary.
nkjv@Philemon:1:15 @ For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever,
nkjv@Philemon:1:16 @ no longer as a slave but more than a slave--a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
nkjv@Philemon:1:17 @ If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me.
nkjv@Philemon:1:18 @ But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account.
nkjv@Philemon:1:19 @ I, Paul, am writing with my own hand. I will repay--not to mention to you that you owe me even your own self besides.
nkjv@Philemon:1:20 @ Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord.
nkjv@Philemon:1:21 @ Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.
nkjv@Philemon:1:22 @ But, meanwhile, also prepare a guest room for me, for I trust that through your prayers I shall be granted to you.
nkjv@Philemon:1:23 @ Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,
nkjv@Philemon:1:24 @ as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers.
nkjv@Philemon:1:25 @ The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.