1:1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy [our] brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,
1:1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer,

1:2 And to [our] beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:
1:2 to the beloved Apphia, Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:

1:3 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1:4 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,
1:4 I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers,

1:5 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;
1:5 hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints,

1:6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
1:6 that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

1:7 For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
1:7 For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.

1:8 Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,
1:8 Therefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to command you what is fitting,

1:9 Yet for love's sake I rather beseech [thee], being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
1:9 yet for love's sake I rather appeal to you--being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ--

1:10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:
1:10 I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains,

1:11 Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:
1:11 who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me.

1:12 Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:
1:12 I am sending him back. You therefore receive him, that is, my own heart,

1:13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:
1:13 whom I wished to keep with me, that on your behalf he might minister to me in my chains for the gospel.

1:14 But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
1:14 But without your consent I wanted to do nothing, that your good deed might not be by compulsion, as it were, but voluntary.

1:15 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;
1:15 For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever,

1:16 Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?
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.

1:17 If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.
1:17 If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me.

1:18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth [thee] ought, put that on mine account;
1:18 But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account.

1:19 I Paul have written [it] with mine own hand, I will repay [it]: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.
1:19 I, Paul, am writing with my own hand. I will repay--not to mention to you that you owe me even your own self besides.

1:20 Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.
1:20 Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord.

1:21 Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.
1:21 Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.

1:22 But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.
1:22 But, meanwhile, also prepare a guest room for me, for I trust that through your prayers I shall be granted to you.

1:23 There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;
1:23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,

1:24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.
1:24 as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers.

1:25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with your spirit. Amen. {[Written from Rome to Philemon, by Onesimus a servant.]}
1:25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.