0 SAB Philemon 1

The bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother. 1:7

Trivia: What was the name of the slave that Paul returned to Philemon?



Greetings and Salutations

1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellow labourer,

2 And to our beloved Apphia, 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 love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, 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.

From Paul, who is in prison, and Timothy [1]

to Philemon, Apphia, and Archippus,

and the church at your house.

7 For we have 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 enjoin thee that which is convenient,

9 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'm returning your slave to you (be nice to him)

10I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:

11 Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:

I'm writing to you about Onesimus,

whom I have converted while in prison.

12Whom 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.

13 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,

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 shouldest 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.

but I wouldn't do that without your consent. [2]

18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;

If he has wronged you or owes you anything, I'll make it up to you.

19 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.

I'm writing this letter with my own hand.

Refresh my bowels 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 salute thee Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus;

24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellow labourers.

So refresh my bowels in the Lord.

25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.



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