The Book of Philemon - New Testament
Enjoy the entire book of Philemon, as presented in the American Standard Version of the Bible.
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The Book of Philemon
1:1 - Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our beloved and fellow-worker,
1:2 - and to Apphia our sister, and to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the church in thy house:
1:3 - Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:4 - I thank my God always, making mention of thee in my prayers,
1:5 - hearing of thy love, and of the faith which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all the saints;
1:6 - that the fellowship of thy faith may become effectual, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in you, unto Christ.
1:7 - For I had much joy and comfort in thy love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through thee, brother.
1:8 - Wherefore, though I have all boldness in Christ to enjoin thee that which is befitting,
1:9 - yet for love's sake I rather beseech, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now a prisoner also of Christ Jesus:
1:10 - I beseech thee for my child, whom I have begotten in my bonds, Onesimus,
1:11 - who once was unprofitable to thee, but now is profitable to thee and to me:
1:12 - whom I have sent back to thee in his own person, that is, my very heart:
1:13 - whom I would fain have kept with me, that in thy behalf he might minister unto me in the bonds of the gospel:
1:14 - but without thy mind I would do nothing; that thy goodness should not be as of necessity, but of free will.
1:15 - For perhaps he was therefore parted 'from thee' for a season, that thou shouldest have him for ever;
1:16 - no longer as a servant, but more than a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much rather to thee, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
1:17 - If then thou countest me a partner, receive him as myself.
1:18 - But if he hath wronged the at all, or oweth 'thee' aught, put that to mine account;
1:19 - I Paul write it with mine own hand, I will repay it: that I say not unto thee that thou owest to me even thine own self besides.
1:20 - Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my heart in Christ.
1:21 - Having confidence in thine obedience I write unto thee, knowing that thou wilt do even beyond what I say.
1:22 - But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I hope that through your prayers I shall be granted unto you.
1:23 - Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus, saluteth thee;
1:24 - 'and so do' Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow-workers.
1:25 - The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.