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Song of Solomon
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1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy
our brother, to Philemon, our beloved fellow worker, 2 to the beloved
Apphia, to Archippus, our fellow soldier, and to the assembly in your house: 3 Grace
to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I thank my God always, making mention of you in
my prayers, 5 hearing of your love, and of the faith which you have toward
the Lord Jesus, and toward all the saints; 6 that the fellowship of your
faith may become effective, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in us
in Christ Jesus. 7 For we have much joy and comfort in your love, because
the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
8 Therefore though I have all boldness in Christ
to command you that which is appropriate, 9 yet for love’s sake I rather
beg, being such a one as Paul, the aged, but also a prisoner of Jesus Christ. 10 I
beg you for my child, whom I have become the father of in my chains, Onesimus, 11 who
once was useless to you, but now is useful to you and to me. 12 I am
sending him back. Therefore receive him, that is, my own heart, 13 whom I
desired to keep with me, that on your behalf he might serve me in my chains for
the Good News. 14 But I was willing to do nothing without your consent,
that your goodness would not be as of necessity, but of free will. 15 For
perhaps he was therefore separated from you for a while, that you would have
him forever, 16 no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved
brother, especially to me, but how much rather to you, both in the flesh and in
17 If then you count me a partner, receive him as
you would receive me. 18 But if he has wronged you at all, or owes you
anything, put that to my account. 19 I, Paul, write this with my own hand:
I will repay it (not to mention to you that you owe to me even your own self
besides). 20 Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord. Refresh
my heart in the Lord. 21 Having confidence in your obedience, I write to
you, knowing that you will do even beyond what I say.
22 Also, prepare a guest room for me, for I hope
that through your prayers I will be restored to you.
23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus,
greets you, 24 as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow
workers. 25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
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