(1) Paul, a prisoner of Messiah, Jesus, along with brother Timothy. To beloved Philemon, our coworker, (2) as well as sister Apphia and Archippus, fellow soldiers in your home church. (3) Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus, the Messiah. (4) Every time I remember you while in my prayers, I give thanks to my God, (5) hearing of your love and faith which you have towards the Lord Jesus and all the saints, (6) so that the fellowship of your faith might become effective, discerning every good thing among us in Messiah. (7) For I had much joy and encouragement on the basis of your love, because the hearts of the saints were given rest through you, brother. (8) Wherefore, having great confidence in Christ, I could command you to do what is appropriate, (9) I rather admonish, such as I am, Paul an elder, now but also a prisoner of Jesus the Messiah, (10) I entreat you concerning one of my children, Onesimus, who was born again while I was in chains. (11) The one who was once useless to you has become both useful to you and me. (12) I return him (who is my heart) to you, (13) whom I desire to keep myself, so that on your behalf, you might serve me in the chains of the Good News, (14) apart from which I would desire to do nothing without your consent, in order that your good deed be not as a result of compulsion, but voluntary. (15) For perhaps on account of this he was separated from you for a season, in order that you should receive him back forever, (16) not as a slave, but better than a slave—a beloved brother—especially to me; how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. (17) Therefore, if you have any fellowship with me, receive him as you would receive me. (18) But if anyone has wronged you or owes you anything, you can charge this to my account. (19) I, Paul, write this with my own hand: “I will repay what is owed," not mentioning that you owe your very self to me. (20) Yes, brother, I should profit from you in the Lord. Make my heart rest easy in Messiah. (21) I have written to you, urging your obedience, seeing that you will do even more than I ask. (22) All the while, prepare a lodging place for me, for I hope that by your prayers I will be given to you. (23) I greet you, Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Messiah Jesus, (with Mark, Aristarchus, Demos, and Luke, my fellow laborers) (24) May the grace of the Lord Jesus, the Messiah, be with your spirit.