Godbey(i) 1 Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ, and brother Timothy, to Philemon the beloved also our fellow-laborer, 2 and to sister Apphia, and Archippus our fellow-soldier, and the church in your house. 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I give thanks to my God always, making mention of you in my prayers, 5 hearing about your divine love, and the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and all the saints; 6 in order that the fellowship of your faith may be efficient in the perfect knowledge of every good thing which is in you toward Christ. 7 For I had much joy and consolation over your divine love, because the affections of the saints have been refreshed by you, O brother. 8 Therefore, having much boldness in Christ to command you to that which is appropriate, 9 on account of the divine love, I the more exhort you, being such as Paul the aged, and now also the prisoner of Jesus Christ. 10 I exhort you concerning my son, whom I begat in my bonds, Onesimus, 11 him at one time unprofitable to you, but now profitable both to you and to me: whom I have sent back to you, 12 him, that is my own heart. 13 Whom I did wish to have with me, in order that he might minister unto me in your stead in the bonds of the gospel: 14 but without your consent I did not wish to do anything; in order that your good might not be by constraint, but by the free will: 15 for on this account he suddenly departed from you for an hour, that you might have him back forever; 16 no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a brother beloved, especially to me, and much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord: 17 if then you have me a comrade, receive him as myself. 18 If he has wronged you as to anything, or owes you anything, charge this to me. 19 I Paul have written with my own hand, I will pay it: not that I may say to you that you even owe yourself to me. 20 Yea, brother, let me rejoice over you in the Lord: refresh my heart in Christ. 21 Having confidence in your obedience I have written to you, knowing that you will do even more than those things which I say. 22 And at the same time also prepare for me a lodging: for I hope that through your prayers I will be consigned unto you. 23 Epaphras, my fellow-soldier in Christ Jesus; 24 Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow-workers, salute you. 25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.