Philemon (Tyndale – 1526)

The Epistle to Titus ~ 1526 Tyndale [Modern]
1:01 Paul the prisoner of Jesus Christ, and brother Timotheus. Unto Philemon beloved, and our helper,
1:02 and to the beloved Appia, and to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the congregation of thy house.
1:03 Grace be with you and peace, from God our father and from the lord Jesus Christ.
1:04 I thank my God always making mention of thee in my prayers,
1:05 when I hear of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the lord Jesus, and toward all saints:
1:06 so that the fellowship that thou hast in the faith, is fruitful through knowledge of all good things, which are in you by Jesus Christ.
1:07 And we have great joy, and consolation over thy love: For by thee brother, the saints’ hearts are comforted.
1:08 Wherefore though I be bold in Christ to enjoin thee, that which becometh thee:
1:09 yet for love’s sake I rather beseech thee, though I be as I am, even Paul aged, and now in bonds for Jesus Christ’s sake.
1:10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I begat in my bonds,
1:11 which in time past was to thee unprofitable: but now profitable both to thee and also to me,
1:12 whom I have sent home again. Thou therefore receive him, that is to say mine own bowels,
1:13 whom I would fain have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel.
1:14 Nevertheless, without thy mind, would I do nothing, that that good which springeth of thee should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
1:15 Haply he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever,
1:16 not now as a servant: but above a servant, I mean a brother beloved, specially to me: but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and also in the lord?
1:17 If thou count me a fellow receive him as myself.
1:18 If he have hurt thee or oweth thee ought, that lay to my charge.
1:19 I Paul have written it with mine own hand. I will recompense it. So that I do not say to thee how that thou owest unto me even thine own self.
1:20 Even so brother, let me enjoy 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 more than I say for.
1:22 Moreover prepare me lodging: for I trust through the help of 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, Lucas, my helpers.
1:25 The grace of our lord Jesus Christ be with your spirits, Amen.
END Sent from Rome by Onesimus a servant.