Philemon

ALT(i) 1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy the brother, To Philemon our beloved [brother] and co-worker, 2 and to the beloved Apphia and to Archippus our fellow-soldier and to the assembly [or, church] in your house: 3 Grace to youp and peace from God our Father and [the] Lord Jesus Christ! 4 I give thanks to my God, always making mention of you in my prayers, 5 hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the holy ones [or, saints], 6 in order that the fellowship of your faith shall become effective in the full [or, true] knowledge of every good [thing], the [good] in us in [or, for] Christ Jesus. 7 For I have much thankfulness and comfort [or, encouragement] over your love, because the bowels [fig., hearts] of the holy ones [or, saints] have been refreshed through you, brother. 8 For this reason, having much boldness [or, confidence] in Christ to be commanding you [to be doing] the proper [thing], 9 [yet] on account of love I rather appeal, being such a one as Paul, an old man, but now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. 10 I appeal to you concerning my child, whom I fathered in my bonds, Onesimus ["useful"], 11 the one once useless to you, but now useful to me and to you, whom I sent back. 12 Now you receive him (that is, my own bowels [fig., my very heart]), 13 whom I wished to be keeping to myself, so that he should minister to [or, serve] me on your behalf in the bonds of the Gospel. 14 But I wanted to do nothing without your consent, so that your good [deed] shall not be as by necessity but by a voluntary [action]. 15 For perhaps for this reason he departed for an hour [fig, for a while], so that you shall be having him eternally, 16 no longer as a slave, but above a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in [the] flesh and in [the] Lord! 17 Therefore, since you have fellowship with me, receive him as me. 18 But since he wronged you or owes [something], be charging this to me [or, to my account]. 19 I Paul wrote [this] with my [own] hand. I will repay— lest I say to you [fig., not to mention] that you owe even yourself to me! 20 Yes, brother, may I have profit of you [or, let me benefit from you] in the Lord. Refresh my bowels [fig., heart] in [the] Lord. 21 Having been confident of your obedience, I wrote to you, knowing that even more than what I say you will do. 22 But at the same time also be preparing for me a lodging [or, guest room], for I hope [or, expect] that through yourp prayers I will be graciously given to youp. 23 Epaphras greets you (my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus), 24 [as do] Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, [and] Luke, my co-workers! 25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with yourp spirit! So be it!