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Philemon 1 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Philemon’s Love and Faith

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Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy [fn]our brother,

To Philemon our beloved brother and fellow worker,

Unchecked Copy BoxPhm 1:2 - and to Apphia [fn]our sister, and to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:
Unchecked Copy BoxPhm 1:3 - Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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I thank my God, always making mention of you in my prayers,

Unchecked Copy BoxPhm 1:5 - because I hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the [fn]saints;
Unchecked Copy BoxPhm 1:6 - and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective [fn]through the full knowledge of every good thing which is in you [fn]for the sake of Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhm 1:7 - For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the [fn]hearts of the [fn]saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
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Therefore, though I have much boldness in Christ to command you to do what is proper,

Unchecked Copy BoxPhm 1:9 - yet for love’s sake I rather plead with you—since I am such a person as Paul, [fn]the aged, and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus

Plea for Onesimus

Unchecked Copy BoxPhm 1:10 - I plead with you for my child [fn]Onesimus, of whom I became a [fn]father in my chains,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhm 1:11 - who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhm 1:12 - I have sent him back to you in person, that is, my very heart,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhm 1:13 - whom I intended to keep with me, so that on your behalf he might minister to me in my chains for the gospel,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhm 1:14 - but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would not be, in effect, by compulsion but voluntary.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhm 1:15 - For perhaps he was for this reason separated from you for a while, that you would have him back forever,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhm 1:16 - 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.
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If then you regard me a partner, accept him as you would accept me.

Unchecked Copy BoxPhm 1:18 - But if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge that to my account.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhm 1:19 - I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand, I will repay it (not to [fn]mention to you that you owe to me even your own self as well).
Unchecked Copy BoxPhm 1:20 - Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ!
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Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, since I know that you will do even more than what I say.

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

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

Unchecked Copy BoxPhm 1:24 - as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow workers.
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The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.[fn]

LSB Footnotes
Lit the
Lit the
Or holy ones
Or in
Lit toward Christ
Lit inward parts
Or holy ones
Or an ambassador
Or begotten
Lit say
One early ms adds Amen

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