1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our beloved
and fellow laborer,
2 to the beloved Apphia, Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers,
5 hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the
6 that the fellowship of your faith may become active in the full true knowledge of every
good thing in you in Christ Jesus.
7 For we have great joy and encouragement in your love, because the hearts of the saints
have been refreshed by you, brother.
8 Therefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to order you to do what is fitting,
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;
10 I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my bonds,
11 who once was worthless to you, but now is useful to you and to me.
12 I am sending him back. You therefore receive him, that is, my own heart,
13 whom I wished to keep with me, that on your behalf he might minister to me in my
bonds of the gospel.
14 But without your consent I wanted to do nothing, that your good deed might not be by
compulsion, as it were, but willingly.
15 For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him
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.
17 If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me.
18 And if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account.
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.
20 Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord.
21 Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even
more than I say.
22 But, meanwhile, also prepare a guest room for me, for I trust that through your
prayers I shall be granted to you.
23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,
24 as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers.
25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.