Greetings to a House Group
1Paul, a prisoner of Messiah Yeshua, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our beloved and fellow worker.
2To Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the community that meets in your house:
3Grace to you and shalom from God our Father and the Lord Messiah Yeshua!
Thanks for Love and Comfort
4I thank my God always when mentioning you in my prayers,
5hearing of your love and the trust you have toward the Lord Yeshua and all the kedoshim.
6May the fellowship of your faith become effective, with the recognition of all the good that is ours in Messiah.
7For I’ve received much joy and comfort in your love, brother, because the hearts of the kedoshim have been refreshed through you.
Request for Philemon’s Runaway
8Therefore, though I have plenty of boldness in Messiah to order you to do what’s right,
9yet for love’s sake I appeal to you instead. I, Paul, am an old man and now also a prisoner belonging to Messiah Yeshua.
10I beg you for my child Onesimus—for whom I became a spiritual father while in chains.
11He once was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and me.
12I sent him back to you—he is my very heart.
13I really wanted to keep him with me, so that on your behalf he might serve me while I am in chains for the Good News.
14But I didn’t want to do anything without your consent, so that your goodness wouldn’t be by force but by free will.
15For perhaps he was separated from you for a while in order that you might have him back forever,
16no longer as a slave but more than a slave—as a beloved brother, especially to me but even more so to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
17So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.
18But if he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge that to my account.
19I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand: I will repay. (Not to mention that you owe me your very self.)
20Yes, brother, let me have some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Messiah.
Added Request and Farewell
21Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than what I say.
22At the same time also, prepare a guest room for me—for I hope that through your prayers I will be given back to you.
23Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Messiah Yeshua, greets you.
24So do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.
25May the grace of our Lord Messiah Yeshua be with your spirit. Amen.