Paul, prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timotheus the brother, to Philemon the beloved and our fellow-workman,
and to the sister Apphia and to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the assembly which is in thine house.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God, always making mention of thee at my prayers,
hearing of thy love and the faith which thou hast towards the Lord Jesus, and towards all the saints,
in such sort that thy participation in the faith should become operative in the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in us towards Christ Jesus.
For we have great thankfulness and encouragement through thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
Wherefore having much boldness in Christ to enjoin thee what is fitting,
for love's sake I rather exhort, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now also prisoner of Jesus Christ.
I exhort thee for my child, whom I have begotten in my bonds, Onesimus,
once unserviceable to thee, but now serviceable to thee and to me:
whom I have sent back to thee: but do thou receive him, that is, my bowels:
whom I was desirous of keeping with myself, that for thee he might minister to me in the bonds of the glad tidings;
but I have wished to do nothing without thy mind, that thy good might not be as of necessity but of willingness:
for perhaps for this reason he has been separated from thee for a time, that thou mightest possess him fully for ever;
not any longer as a bondman, but above a bondman, a beloved brother, specially to me, and how much rather to thee, both in the flesh and in the Lord?
If therefore thou holdest me to be a partner with thee, receive him as me;
but if he have wronged thee anything or owe anything to thee, put this to my account.
I Paul have written it with mine own hand; I will repay it: that I say not to thee that thou owest even thine own self also to me.
Yea, brother, I would have profit of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in Christ.
Being confident of thine obedience, I have written to thee, knowing that thou wilt do even more than I say.
But withal prepare me also a lodging; for I hope that I shall be granted to you through your prayers.
Epaphras salutes thee, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus;
Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow-workmen.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.