The salutation. Paul declareth his joy in hearing of the love and faith of Philemon; earnestly entreating him to receive into his favour his once fugitive servant Onesimus, now become a faithful Christian. He desireth him to provide a lodging for himself, who was in expectation of a speedy release; and concludeth with salutations and a benediction.
1 PAUL,a a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and bTimothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and cfellowlabourer,
2 And to our beloved Apphia, and dArchippus our fellowsoldier, and to ethe church in thy house:
3 fGrace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 gI thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,
5 hHearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;
6 That ithe communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
7 jFor we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because kthe *bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
8 Wherefore, though I might be much lbold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,
- l: 1Th. 2:6
9 Yet for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such man one as Paul the aged, and now also a nprisoner of Jesus Christ.
10 I beseech thee for my son oOnesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:
11 pWhich in time past was qto thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:
12 Whom I have sent again: thou therefore rreceive him, that is, mine own *bowels:
13 Whom I would have retained with me, that sin thy *stead he might have ministered unto me in tthe bonds of the gospel:
14 But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should unot be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
15 For vperhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;
16 wNot now as a servant, but above a servant, xa brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?
17 If thou count me therefore ya partner, receive him as myself.
18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;
19 I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee zhow thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.
20 Yea, brother, alet me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my *bowels in the Lord.
21 bHaving confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.
- b: 2Co. 7:16
22 But *withal prepare me also a lodging: for cI trust that through your prayers I shall be dgiven unto you.
24 fMarcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.