The New Testament

Philemon


1:1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto

Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer, 1:2 And to our

beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, 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, making mention of thee always in my prayers, 1:5

Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus,

and toward all saints; 1:6 That the communication of thy faith may

become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in

you in Christ Jesus.

 

1:7 For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the

bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.

 

1:8 Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee

that which is convenient, 1:9 Yet for love's sake I rather beseech

thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of

Jesus Christ.

 

1:10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my

bonds: 1:11 Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now

profitable to thee and to me: 1:12 Whom I have sent again: thou

therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels: 1:13 Whom I would

have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto

me in the bonds of the gospel: 1:14 But without thy mind would I do

nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but

willingly.

 

1:15 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou

shouldest receive him for ever; 1:16 Not now as a servant, but above a

servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto

thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?  1:17 If thou count me

therefore a partner, receive him as myself.

 

1:18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine

account; 1:19 I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay

it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own

self besides.

 

1:20 Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my

bowels in the Lord.

 

1:21 Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing

that thou wilt also do more than I say.

 

1:22 But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through

your prayers I shall be given unto you.

 

1:23 There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;

1:24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.

 

1:25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.