Philemon 1

Wesley(i) 1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timotheus a brother, to Philemon the beloved and our fellow-labourer, 2 And to the beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow-soldier, and the church which is in thy house: 3 Grace be unto 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, (Hearing of thy faith which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, 5 and love 6 toward all saints) That the communication of thy faith may become effectual, by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you through 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 what is convenient, 9 Yet out of love I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also the prisoner of Jesus Christ. 10 I beseech thee for my son, whom I have begotten in my bonds, Onesimus, Who was formerly unprofitable to thee, 11 but now profitable to thee and me, Whom I have sent again: 12 thou therefore receive him, that is my own bowels: 13 Whom I would have retained with me, to serve me in thy stead, in the bonds of the gospel. 14 But I would do nothing without thy consent; that thy good deed might not be, as it were, by constraint, but willingly. 15 And perhaps for this end was he separated for a season, that thou mightest have him for ever; 16 No longer as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, especially to me; and how much more to thee, both in the flesh and in the Lord? 17 If therefore thou accountest me a partner, receive him as myself. 18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee any thing, put that to my account. 19 I Paul have written with my own hand; I will repay it; not to say unto thee, that thou owest also thyself to me besides. 20 Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in Christ. 21 Having confidence of thy obedience I have written to thee, knowing that thou wilt do even more than I say. 22 Withal prepare me also a lodging; for I trust I shall be given to you through your prayers. 23 Epaphras my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus saluteth you, 24 Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow-labourers. 25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.