Bible, King James Version (KJV)
] Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our
brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,
to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy
] Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord
] I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my
] Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the
Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;
] That the communication of thy
faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in
you in Christ Jesus.
] For we have great joy and consolation in thy
love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee,
] Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to
enjoin thee that which is convenient,
] Yet for love's sake I rather
beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of
] I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have
begotten in my bonds:
] Which in time past was to thee
unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:
] Whom I have
sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:
Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered
unto me in the bonds of the gospel:
] But without thy mind would I
do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but
] For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that
thou shouldest receive him for ever;
] 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?
] If thou count me
therefore a partner, receive him as myself.
] If he hath wronged
thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;
] 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.
] Yea, brother, let
me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.
Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt
also do more than I say.
] But withal prepare me also a lodging:
for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.
There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;
Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.
] The grace
of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.