, (...of one)
1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy
our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and
2 And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our
fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:
3 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and
the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in
5 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast
toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;
6 That the communication of thy faith may become
effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing
which is in you in Christ Jesus.
7 For we have great joy and consolation in thy
love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed
by thee, brother.
8 Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ
to enjoin thee that which is convenient,
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.
10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have
begotten in my bonds:
11 Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but
now profitable to thee and to me:
12 Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive
him, that is, mine own bowels:
13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy
stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds
of the gospel:
14 But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy
benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but
15 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season,
that thou shouldest receive him for ever;
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?
17 If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him
18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put
that on mine account;
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.
20 Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the
Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.
21 Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto
thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I
22 But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust
that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.
23 There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in
24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my
25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your
spirit. Amen. (KJV)