(GWT) Philemon 1 : 1 From Paul, who is a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and our brother Timothy. To our dear coworker Philemon,
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 2 our sister Apphia, our fellow soldier Archippus, and the church that meets in your house.
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 3 Good will and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ are yours!
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 4 [Philemon,] I always thank my God when I mention you in my prayers because
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 5 I hear about your faithfulness to the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God's people.
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 6 As you share the faith you have in common with others, I pray that you may come to have a complete knowledge of every blessing we have in Christ.
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 7 Your love [for God's people] gives me a lot of joy and encouragement. You, brother, have comforted God's people.
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 8 Christ makes me bold enough to order you to do the right thing.
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 9 However, I would prefer to make an appeal on the basis of love. I, Paul, as an old man and now a prisoner for Christ Jesus,
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 10 appeal to you for my child Onesimus [Useful]. I became his spiritual father here in prison.
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 11 Once he was useless to you, but now he is very useful to both of us.
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 12 I am sending him back to you. This is like sending you a part of myself.
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 13 I wanted to keep him here with me. Then he could have served me in your place while I am in prison for spreading the Good News.
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 14 Yet, I didn't want to do anything without your consent. I want you to do this favor for me out of your own free will without feeling forced to do it.
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 15 Maybe Onesimus was gone for a while so that you could have him back forever-
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 16 no longer as a slave but better than a slave-as a dear brother. He is especially dear to me, but even more so to you, both as a person and as a Christian.
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 17 If you think of me as your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 18 If he wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge it to me.
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 19 I, Paul, promise to pay it back. I'm writing this with my own hand. I won't even mention that you owe me your life.
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 20 So, because we're brothers in the Lord, do something for me. Give me some comfort because of Christ.
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 21 I am confident as I write to you that you will do this. And I know that you will do even more than I ask.
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 22 One more thing-have a guest room ready for me. I hope that, because of your prayers, God will give me back to you.
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 23 Epaphras, who is a prisoner because of Christ Jesus like I am,
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 24 and my coworkers Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke send you greetings.
(GWT) Philemon 1 : 25 The good will of our Lord Jesus Christ be yours.