(ESV) Philemon 1 : 1 Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 2 and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house:
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 4 I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers,
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 5 because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints,
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 6 and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 7 For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 8 Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required,
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 9 yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus—
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 10 I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment.
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 11 (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.)
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 12 I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart.
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 13 I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel,
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 14 but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord.
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 15 For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever,
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 16 no longer as a slave but more than a slave, as a beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 17 So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me.
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 18 If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account.
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 19 I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self.
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 20 Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 22 At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given to you.
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you,
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 24 and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.
(ESV) Philemon 1 : 25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.