Whiston(i) 1 PAUL an Apostle of Jesus Christ, and Timothy [a] brother, unto Philemon our beloved brother, and fellow labourer, 2 And to Apphia our beloved sister, and Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in thy house: 3 Grace to you, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, 5 Hearing of thy faith and love, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus Christ, and toward all saints; 6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing, which is in you in Christ Jesus. 7 For we have had great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, Brother. 8 Wherefore though I might be much bold in Christ, to enjoyn thee that which is convenient, 9 Yet for loves sake I rather beseech [thee], being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner. 10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds: 11 Who in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me. 12 Whom I have sent to thee: receive him, that is mine own bowels. 13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel. 14 But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly. 15 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldst receive him for ever; 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? 17 If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself. 18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth ought, put that on mine account. 19 I Paul have written [it] with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou oweth unto me even thine own self besides in the Lord. 20 Yea, Brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord. 21 Having confidence in thy obedience, I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say. 22 But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you. 23 There salutes tee Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus. 24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellow labourers. 25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with your spirits. Amen.