Paul’s Letter to Philemon
1[1-7]I Paul, a prisoner for the sake of Yeshua the Christ and Timothy our Christian coworker, to Philemon our dear loved one and coworker, and to our dear loved ones Apphia, and Archippus, our friends, and to the church in your house: May the grace and peace of Yahweh God, our Creator, and Yeshua, the Christ come to you. I thank my God, always mentioning your name in my prayers, because I’ve been hearing of your love and faith, which you have for Christ Yeshua, and for all Christians. I pray that your faith can be shared successfully by the recognition of everything that is good in you which is in Christ Yeshua. We have great joy and comfort in your love, because the souls of the Christians are awakened by you, friend.
[8-20]Though I might be fearless in Christ to tell you what I think is right, yet for love’s sake I ask you instead, being old as I, Paul, am, and now also a prisoner for Yeshua, the Christ. I ask you for my child, Onesimus, who I converted while imprisoned, which in the past was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and me. I’ve sent him back: so please accept him, as if he were me. I would like to have kept him with me, so that he could have ministered to me in the work of the New Word in your place. But without knowing what you think about it, I didn’t want to do anything; so that whatever you do wouldn’t be because you have to, but because you want to. Maybe he went the wrong way for a little while, so that you would accept him forever. Now, he isn’t like a forced-worker, but more than a worker, he’s a dear loved one and Christian, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the physical realm, and in the Spirit of Christ? If you consider me as a friend, accept him as you would me. And if he has wronged you in any way, or owes you anything, let me take care of it. I, Paul, have written this with my own hand, so I’ll repay it: not to mention the fact that you owe me much, and besides this, even your own self. Yes, my Christian brother, give me joy in God: let my soul be awakened in God.
[21-25] Being completely sure of your agreement, I wrote to you, knowing that you’ll also do more than I ask. But get a place ready for me to stay because I trust that through your prayers I’ll be allowed to come back to you. Epaphras, my prison mate in Christ Yeshua, says hello, as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my coworkers. May God’s grace in Yeshua the Christ be with your spirit. So be it!