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Philemon Chapter 1

1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved {brother} and fellow worker,

2 and to Apphia our sister, and to 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 of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints;

6 {and I pray} that the fellowship of your faith may become effective through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you for Christ's sake.

7 For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.

8 Therefore, though I have enough confidence in Christ to order you {to do} what is proper,

9 yet for love's sake I rather appeal {to you}--since I am such a person as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus--

10 I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment,

11 who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me.

12 I have sent him back to you in person, that is, {sending} my very heart,

13 whom I wished to keep with me, so that on your behalf he might minister to me in my imprisonment for the gospel;

14 but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own free will.

15 For perhaps he was for this reason separated {from you} for a while, that you would have him back forever,

16 no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.

17 If then you regard me a partner, accept him as {you would} me.

18 But if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge that to my account;

19 I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand, I will repay it (not to mention to you that you owe to me even your own self as well).

20 Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.

21 Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, since I know that you will do even more than what I say.

22 At the same time also prepare me a lodging, for I hope that through your prayers I will be given to you.

23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,

24 {as do} Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow workers.

25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

King James Bible


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ronald's comment on 7/22/2012, 2:11am...

Who is my master?who is my brother?.I am profitable for nothing unless I have the good master molding and making his clay as he wishes and must make the choice to follow him.


Timothy Wayne George's comment on 2/15/2012, 7:45am...

Paul as a prisoner of the Lord Jesus Christ new that Onesimus ran away a slave, but became a brother in Christ. Paul appeals to Philemon to receive him as a brother, and to charge his account for anything that he owed. This is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ who forgave us when he died on the Cross for us who were slaves to sin. Whom the Son has set free is free in deed, and now bond servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. After we have done all that he has commanded us to do, say that we are unprofitable servants, for we only did what he commanded.


JB3's comment on 8/18/2011, 11:00am...

It is really warm-heartening to read & feel the genuine camaraderie that existed between Paul, the teacher and Philemon, the willing bond-servant.

In this train of brilliant text, it is very clear that the definition of willing bond-servant and condemned slave are two very extremely different categories.


michael moore's comment on 8/08/2011, 4:26pm...

i think that this is 0ne of the most heart touching letter that paul wrote.


deborah's comment on 12/16/2010, 5:03pm...

Philemon will be obedient as i shall because it'swhat the spirit lead man of the cornerstone has spoken to his spirit,Jesus Christ is the true living word. They spoke as they received it from the HolyGhost.Praise God,dperson.



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