Philemon (Geneva – 1560)

The Epistle to Philemon ~ 1560 Geneva [Modern]
1:01 Paul a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and our brother Timotheus, unto Philemon our dear friend, & fellow helper,
1:02 And to our dear sister Apphia, and to Archippus our fellow soldier, & to the Church that is in thine house:
1:03 Grace be with you, and peace from God our Father, & from the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:04 I give thanks to my God, making mention always of thee in my prayers,
1:05 (When I hear of thy love & faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, & toward all Saints)
1:06 That the fellowship of thy faith may be made fruitful, and that whatsoever good thing is in you through Christ Jesus, may be known.
1:07 For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because by thee, brother, the Saints’ hearts are comforted.
1:08 Wherefore, though I be very bold in Christ to command thee that which is convenient,
1:09 Yet for love’s sake I rather beseech thee, though I be as I am, even Paul aged, and even now a prisoner for Jesus Christ.
1:10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds,
1:11 Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable both to thee and to me,
1:12 Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is mine own bowels,
1:13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the Gospel.
1:14 But without thy mind would I do nothing, that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
1:15 It may be that he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever,
1:16 Not now as a servant, but above a servant, even as a brother beloved, specially to me: how much more then unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?
1:17 If therefore thou count our things common, receive him as myself.
1:18 If he hath hurt thee, or oweth thee ought, that put on mine accounts.
1:19 I Paul have written this with mine own hand: I will recompense it, albeit I do not say to thee, that thou owest unto me even thine own self.
1:20 Yea, brother, let me obtain this pleasure of thee in the Lord: comfort my bowels in the Lord.
1:21 Trusting in thine obedience, I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt do even more than I say.
1:22 Moreover also prepare me lodging: for I trust through your prayers I shall be given unto you.
1:23 There salute thee Epaphras my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus,
1:24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas & Luke, my fellow helpers.
1:25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, Amen.
END Written from Rome to Philemon, and sent by Onesimus a servant.