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Paul, a prisoner of YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellow laborer,
2 and to beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house,
3 Grace to you and peace from El our Father and the Master, YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach.
4 I thank my Elohim, making mention of you always in my prayers,
5 hearing of your love and faith which you have toward Master YEHOSHUA, and toward all the saints;
6 that the sharing of your faith may become effectual through the knowledge of every good thing that is in you in Messiah YEHOSHUA.
7 For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints are refreshed through you, brother.
8 Therefore, though I might be very bold in Messiah to charge you that which is convenient,
9 yet for love’s sake I rather entreat, being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach;
10 I entreat you for my child Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds,
11 who in times past was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me;
12 whom I have sent back to you, that you would receive him, who is my own heart;
13 whom I would have retained with me, that in your place he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel.
14 But without your approval I would do nothing, that your benefit would not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
15 For perhaps he therefore departed from you for a season, that you would receive him forever;
16 now not as a servant, but more than a servant, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Master.
17 If you count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.
18 And if he has wronged you, or owes you anything, put that on my account.
19 I, Paul, have written with my own hand; I will repay, although I do not say to you how you owe me; even unto your own self besides.
20 Yes, brother, let me have joy of you in the Master; refresh my heart in the Master.
21 Having confidence in your obedience, I wrote unto you, knowing that you will also do more than I say.
22 But also prepare lodging for me, for I trust that through your prayers I will be given unto you.
23 Greet Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Messiah YEHOSHUA,
24 Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers.
25 The grace of the Master YEHOSHUA ha Mashiach be with your spirit. Amen!
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