The Book of Philemon
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Philemon Chapter 1
(Philemon 1:1 [KJV])
Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,
(Philemon 1:2 [KJV])
And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:
(Philemon 1:3 [KJV])
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Philemon 1:4 [KJV])
I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,
(Philemon 1:5 [KJV])
Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;
(Philemon 1:6 [KJV])
That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
(Philemon 1:7 [KJV])
For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
(Philemon 1:8 [KJV])
Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,
(Philemon 1:9 [KJV])
Yet for love’s sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
(Philemon 1:10 [KJV])
I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:
(Philemon 1:11 [KJV])
Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:
(Philemon 1:12 [KJV])
Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:
(Philemon 1:13 [KJV])
Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:
(Philemon 1:14 [KJV])
But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
(Philemon 1:15 [KJV])
For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;
(Philemon 1:16 [KJV])
Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?
(Philemon 1:17 [KJV])
If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.
(Philemon 1:18 [KJV])
If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;
(Philemon 1:19 [KJV])
I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.
(Philemon 1:20 [KJV])
Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.
(Philemon 1:21 [KJV])
Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.
(Philemon 1:22 [KJV])
But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.
(Philemon 1:23 [KJV])
There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;
(Philemon 1:24 [KJV])
Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.
(Philemon 1:25 [KJV])
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.