Philemon 1:1-25, NLT
Greetings from Paul
1This letter is from Paul, a prisoner for preaching the Good News about Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy.
I am writing to Philemon, our beloved co-worker,
3May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Paul’s Thanksgiving and Prayer
4I always thank my God when I pray for you, Philemon,
Paul’s Appeal for Onesimus
8That is why I am boldly asking a favor of you. I could demand it in the name of Christ because it is the right thing for you to do.
10I appeal to you to show kindness to my child, Onesimus. I became his father in the faith while here in prison.
13I wanted to keep him here with me while I am in these chains for preaching the Good News, and he would have helped me on your behalf.
17So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.
20Yes, my brother, please do me this favor*20 Greek onaimen, a play on the name Onesimus. for the Lord’s sake. Give me this encouragement in Christ.
21I am confident as I write this letter that you will do what I ask and even more!
Paul’s Final Greetings
23Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings.
25May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.