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Title: Weymouth New Testament in Modern Speech, Philemon

Author: Richard Francis Weymouth

Release date: September 1, 2005 [eBook #8845]
Most recently updated: March 14, 2015

Language: English

Credits: Produced by Martin Ward


Produced by Martin Ward

Weymouth New Testament in Modern Speech, Philemon

Third Edition 1913

R. F. Weymouth

Book 57 Philemon

001:001 Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother:
        To Philemon our dearly-loved fellow labourer—

001:002 and to our sister Apphia and our comrade Archippus—
        as well as to the Church in your house.

001:003 May grace be granted to you all, and peace, from God our Father
        and the Lord Jesus Christ.

001:004 I give continual thanks to my God while making mention of you,
        my brother, in my prayers,

001:005 because I hear of your love and of the faith which you
        have towards the Lord Jesus and which you manifest towards
        all God's people;

001:006 praying as I do, that their participation in your faith may
        result in others fully recognizing all the right affection
        that is in us toward Christ.

001:007 For I have found great joy and comfort in your love,
        because the hearts of God's people have been, and are,
        refreshed through you, my brother.

001:008 Therefore, though I might with Christ's authority speak very freely and order you to do what is fitting,

001:009 it is for love's sake that—instead of that—although I am none other than Paul the aged, and am now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus,

001:010 I entreat you on behalf of my own child whose father I have
        become while in my chains—I mean Onesimus.

001:011 Formerly he was useless to you, but now—true to his name—
        he is of great use to you and to me.

001:012 I am sending him back to you, though in so doing I send
        part of myself.

001:013 It was my wish to keep him at my side for him to attend
        to my wants, as your representative, during my imprisonment
        for the Good News.

001:014 Only I wished to do nothing without your consent, so that
        his kind action of yours might not be done under pressure,
        but might be a voluntary one.

001:015 For perhaps it was for this reason he was parted from you for a time, that you might receive him back wholly and for ever yours;

001:016 no longer as a slave, but as something better than a slave— a brother peculiarly dear to me, and even dearer to you, both as a servant and as a fellow Christian.

001:017 If therefore you regard me as a comrade, receive him as if
        he were I myself.

001:018 And if he was ever dishonest or is in your debt, debit me
        with the amount.

001:019 I Paul write this with my own hand—I will pay you in full.
        (I say nothing of the fact that you owe me even your own self.)

001:020 Yes, brother, do me this favour for the Lord's sake.
        Refresh my heart in Christ.

001:021 I write to you in the full confidence that you will meet my wishes,
        for I know you will do even more than I say.

001:022 And at the same time provide accommodation for me; for I hope
        that through your prayers I shall be permitted to come to you.

001:023 Greetings to you, my brother, from Epaphras my fellow prisoner
        for the sake of Christ Jesus;

001:024 and from Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.

001:025 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with the spirit of every one of you.