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      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
     my prayers,
      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
     as myself.
     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
     Christ Jesus;
     24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my
     25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your
     spirit. Amen. (KJV)

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