RKJNT(i) 1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our beloved fellow labourer, 2 And to our sister Apphia, and Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house: 3 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers, 5 Because I hear of your love and faith, which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all the saints; 6 And I pray that the sharing of your faith may promote the knowledge of every good thing which is ours in Christ Jesus. 7 For we have great joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother. 8 Therefore, though I could be bold in Christ and order you that which is proper, 9 Yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you, I, Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. 10 I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in these bonds: 11 Who in times past was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me. 12 I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart, 13 Whom I would have kept with me, that in your place he might have ministered to me while I am in these bonds for the gospel: 14 But without your consent I did not want to do anything; that your benevolence should not be, as it were, of necessity, but willingly. 15 For perhaps he was parted from you for a while for this reason, that you should have him back forever; 16 No longer as a slave, but more than a slave, as a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh, and in the Lord? 17 Therefore, if you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me. 18 If he has wronged you, or owes you anything, charge that to my account; 19 I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand, I will repay it: to say nothing of how you owe to me even your own self as well. 20 Yes, brother, let me have some benefit from you in the Lord: refresh my heart in Christ. 21 Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. 22 At the same time prepare me a guest room: for I hope that through your prayers I shall be given to you. 23 Greetings to you from Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus; 24 And from Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow labourers. 25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.