Paul, a prisoner of Jesus, the Messiah, and Timothy [our] brother, to Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellow laborer,
And to [our] beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house.
"Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the master Jesus, the Messiah.
I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers,
Hearing of your love and faith, which you have toward the master Jesus, and toward all saints;
That the communication of your faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in the Messiah Jesus.
For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by you, brother.
Therefore, though I might have much boldness in the Messiah to enjoin to you that which is convenient,
Yet for love's sake, I rather beseech [you], being such as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus, the Messiah.
I beseech you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds.
Which in time past was unprofitable to you, but now profitable to you and to me.
Whom I have sent again, you therefore receive him, that is, my own bowels.
Whom I would have retained with me, that in your stead he might have ministered to me in the bonds of the Gospel.
But without your mind I would do nothing; that your benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that you should receive him for ever;
Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?
If you count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.
If he has wronged you, or owes [you], put that on my account;
I Paul have written [it] with my own hand, I will repay [it], albeit I do not say to you how you owe me even your ownself besides.
Indeed, brother, let me have joy of you in the Lord, refresh my bowels in the Lord.
Having confidence in your obedience I wrote to you, knowing that you will also do more than I say.
But simultaneously prepare me a lodging also, for I trust that through your prayers I will be given to you.
There salute you Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in the Messiah Jesus;
Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellow laborers.
The grace of our master Jesus, the Messiah, [be] with your spirit. Amen." <<[Written from Rome to Philemon, by Onesimus a servant.]>>