(Philemon:1) Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon, our beloved fellow worker,
(Philemon:2) to the beloved Apphia, to Archippus, our fellow soldier, and to the assembly in your house:
(Philemon:3) Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Philemon:4) I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers,
(Philemon:5) hearing of your love, and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all the saints;
(Philemon:6) that the fellowship of your faith may become effective, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in us in Christ Jesus.
(Philemon:7) For we have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
(Philemon:8) Therefore, though I have all boldness in Christ to command you that which is appropriate,
(Philemon:9) yet for love’s sake I rather beg, being such a one as Paul, the aged, but also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
(Philemon:10) I beg you for my child, whom I have become the father of in my chains, Onesimus,
(Philemon:11) who once was useless to you, but now is useful to you and to me.
(Philemon:12) I am sending him back. Therefore receive him, that is, my own heart,
(Philemon:13) whom I desired to keep with me, that on your behalf he might serve me in my chains for the Good News.
(Philemon:14) But I was willing to do nothing without your consent, that your goodness would not be as of necessity, but of free will.
(Philemon:15) For perhaps he was therefore separated from you for a while, that you would have him forever,
(Philemon:16) no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much rather to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
(Philemon:17) If then you count me a partner, receive him as you would receive me.
(Philemon:18) But if he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, put that to my account.
(Philemon:19) I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it (not to mention to you that you owe to me even your own self besides).
(Philemon:20) Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in the Lord.
(Philemon:21) Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even beyond what I say.
(Philemon:22) Also, prepare a guest room for me, for I hope that through your prayers I will be restored to you.
(Philemon:23) Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,
(Philemon:24) as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.
(Philemon:25) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.