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Book 57 Philemon 001:001 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon, our beloved fellow worker, 001:002 to the beloved Apphia, to Archippus, our fellow soldier, and to the assembly in your house: 001:003 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 001:004 I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers, 001:005 hearing of your love, and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all the saints; 001:006 that the fellowship of your faith may become effective, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in us in Christ Jesus. 001:007 For we have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother. 001:008 Therefore, though I have all boldness in Christ to command you that which is appropriate, 001:009 yet for love's sake I rather beg, being such a one as Paul, the aged, but also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. 001:010 I beg you for my child, whom I have become the father of in my chains, Onesimus,{Onesimus means "useful."} 001:011 who once was useless to you, but now is useful to you and to me. 001:012 I am sending him back. Therefore receive him, that is, my own heart, 001:013 whom I desired to keep with me, that on your behalf he might serve me in my chains for the Good News. 001:014 But I was willing to do nothing without your consent, that your goodness would not be as of necessity, but of free will. 001:015 For perhaps he was therefore separated from you for a while, that you would have him forever, 001:016 no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much rather to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. 001:017 If then you count me a partner, receive him as you would receive me. 001:018 But if he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, put that to my account. 001:019 I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it (not to mention to you that you owe to me even your own self besides). 001:020 Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in the Lord. 001:021 Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even beyond what I say. 001:022 Also, prepare a guest room for me, for I hope that through your prayers I will be restored to you. 001:023 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, 001:024 as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers. 001:025 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

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