1:1 Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother: To Philemon our dearly-loved fellow labourer--
1:2 and to our sister Apphia and our comrade Archippus--as well as to the Church in your house.
1:3 May grace be granted to you all, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:4 I give continual thanks to my God while making mention of you, my brother, in my prayers,
1:5 because I hear of your love and of the faith which you have towards the Lord Jesus and which you manifest towards all God's people;
1:6 praying as I do, that their participation in your faith may result in others fully recognizing all the right affection that is in us toward Christ.
1:7 For I have found great joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of God's people have been, and are, refreshed through you, my brother.
1:8 Therefore, though I might with Christ's authority speak very freely and order you to do what is fitting,
1:9 it is for love's sake that--instead of that--although I am none other than Paul the aged, and am now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus,
1:10 I entreat you on behalf of my own child whose father I have become while in my chains--I mean Onesimus.
1:11 Formerly he was useless to you, but now--true to his name--he is of great use to you and to me.
1:12 I am sending him back to you, though in so doing I send part of myself.
1:13 It was my wish to keep him at my side for him to attend to my wants, as your representative, during my imprisonment for the Good News.
1:14 Only I wished to do nothing without your consent, so that his kind action of yours might not be done under pressure, but might be a voluntary one.
1:15 For perhaps it was for this reason he was parted from you for a time, that you might receive him back wholly and for ever yours;
1:16 no longer as a slave, but as something better than a slave--a brother peculiarly dear to me, and even dearer to you, both as a servant and as a fellow Christian.
1:17 If therefore you regard me as a comrade, receive him as if he were I myself.
1:18 And if he was ever dishonest or is in your debt, debit me with the amount.
1:19 I Paul write this with my own hand--I will pay you in full. (I say nothing of the fact that you owe me even your own self.)
1:20 Yes, brother, do me this favour for the Lord's sake. Refresh my heart in Christ.
1:21 I write to you in the full confidence that you will meet my wishes, for I know you will do even more than I say.
1:22 And at the same time provide accommodation for me; for I hope that through your prayers I shall be permitted to come to you.
1:23 Greetings to you, my brother, from Epaphras my fellow prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus;
1:24 and from Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.
1:25 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with the spirit of every one of you.