Greetings and Salutations
Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon
our dearly beloved, and fellow labourer,
And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the
church in thy house:
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
From Paul, who is in prison, and Timothy 
to Philemon, Apphia, and Archippus,
and the church at your house.
I'm returning your slave to you (be nice to him)
I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,
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, brother.
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 Jesus Christ.
The bowels of the saints are refreshed by you.
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:
I'm writing to you about Onesiums,
whom I have converted while in prison.
Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him,
that is, mine own bowels:
I ask you to receive him again,
as though he were my 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:
I would have liked to keep him here with me,
But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be
as it were of necessity, but willingly.
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.
but I wouldn't do that without your consent. 
Refresh my bowels in the Lord
Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the
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 fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus;
Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellow labourers.
So refresh my bowels in the Lord.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
- Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy (v.1)
Most scholars believe that this letter was written by Paul; it is the only undisputed letter of Paul to a single
individual. (Although the letter is said to be from Paul and Timothy, and it is also addressed to Apphia, and Archippus,
it's clear from the text that it was written by Paul to Philemon.)
Paul wrote this letter to Philemon while he was in prison. Philemon must have been a wealthy man, since he sponsored
the local church. One of his slaves, Onesimus, had ran away and met Paul in prison. Paul is writing to Philemon on his behalf.
- Without thy mind would I do nothing. (v.14)
If Paul opposed slavery, this would have been a good time to say so. But no, he returned Onesimus to Philemon, since
he was, in Paul's mind, his rightful owner.
See 1 Cor 7:21-24 for Paul's views on slavery.
Does God approve of slavery?
- Dwindling in Unbelief
- Dan Savage is right about the Bible: It's Bullshit.