1:1 Paul, prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timotheus the brother, to Philemon the beloved and our fellow-workman,
1:2 and to the sister Apphia and to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the assembly which is in thine 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 at my prayers,
1:5 hearing of thy love and the faith which thou hast towards the Lord Jesus, and towards all the saints,
1:6 in such sort that thy participation in the faith should become operative in the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in us towards Christ Jesus.
1:7 For we have great thankfulness and encouragement through thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
1:8 Wherefore having much boldness in Christ to enjoin thee what is fitting,
1:9 for love's sake I rather exhort, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now also prisoner of Jesus Christ.
1:10 I exhort thee for my child, whom I have begotten in my bonds, Onesimus,
1:11 once unserviceable to thee, but now serviceable to thee and to me:
1:12 whom I have sent back to thee: but do thou receive him, that is, my bowels:
1:13 whom I was desirous of keeping with myself, that for thee he might minister to me in the bonds of the glad tidings;
1:14 but I have wished to do nothing without thy mind, that thy good might not be as of necessity but of willingness:
1:15 for perhaps for this reason he has been separated from thee for a time, that thou mightest possess him fully for ever;
1:16 not any longer as a bondman, but above a bondman, a beloved brother, specially to me, and how much rather to thee, both in the flesh and in the Lord?
1:17 If therefore thou holdest me to be a partner with thee, receive him as me;
1:18 but if he have wronged thee anything or owe anything to thee, put this to my account.
1:19 I Paul have written it with mine own hand; I will repay it: that I say not to thee that thou owest even thine own self also to me.
1:20 Yea, brother, I would have profit of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in Christ.
1:21 Being confident of thine obedience, I have written to thee, knowing that thou wilt do even more than I say.
1:22 But withal prepare me also a lodging; for I hope that I shall be granted to you through your prayers.
1:23 Epaphras salutes thee, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus;
1:24 Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow-workmen.
1:25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.