1 Paul, a prisoner+ for the sake of Christ Jesus,* and Timothy,+ [our] brother, to Phi·le′mon,* our beloved one and fellow worker,+ 2 and to Ap′phi·a, our sister, and to Ar·chip′pus,+ our fellow soldier,+ and to the congregation that is in your house:+
3 May YOU people have undeserved kindness and peace from God our Father and [the] Lord Jesus Christ.+
4 I always thank my God when I make mention of you in my prayers,+ 5 as I keep hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the holy ones;+ 6 in order that the sharing of your faith+ may go into action* by your acknowledging* of every good thing among us as related to Christ. 7 For I got much joy and comfort over your love,+ because the tender affections* of the holy ones have been refreshed+ through you, brother.
8 For this very reason, though I have great freeness of speech* in connection with Christ to order+ you to do what is proper, 9 I am exhorting* you rather on the basis of love,+ seeing that I am such as I am, Paul an aged man,* yes, now also a prisoner+ for the sake of Christ Jesus; 10 I am exhorting you concerning my child,+ to whom I became a father+ while in my [prison] bonds, O·nes′i·mus,*+ 11 formerly useless to you but now useful to you and to me.+ 12 This very one I am sending back to you, yes, him, that is, my own tender affections.*+
13 I would like to hold him back for myself that in place of you+ he might keep on ministering* to me in the [prison] bonds+ I bear for the sake of the good news.* 14 But without your consent I do not want to do anything, so that your good act may be, not as under compulsion,* but of your own free will.*+ 15 Perhaps really on this account he broke away for an hour, that you may have him back forever, 16 no longer as a slave+ but as more than a slave,+ as a brother beloved,+ especially so to me, yet how much more so to you both in fleshly relationship and in [the] Lord. 17 If, therefore, you consider me a sharer,+ receive+ him kindly the way you would me. 18 Moreover, if he did you any wrong or owes you anything, keep this charged to my account.* 19 I Paul am writing with my own hand:+ I will pay it back—not to be telling you that, besides, you owe me even yourself. 20 Yes, brother, may I derive profit from you in connection with [the] Lord: refresh my tender affections+ in connection with Christ.
21 Trusting in your compliance,* I am writing you, knowing you will even do more than the things I say.+ 22 But along with that, also get lodging+ ready for me, for I am hoping that through the prayers+ of YOU people I shall be set at liberty+ for YOU.