The Epistle of Paul to Philemon

4 He rejoiceth to hear of the faith and love of Philemon, 9 whom he desireth to forgive his servant Onesimus, and lovingly to receive him again.

Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother unto Philemon our dearly beloved and fellow labourer,
     2 And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in thy house.
     3 Grace to you, and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
     4 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,
     5 Hearing of thy love, and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints,
     6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing, which is in you in Christ Jesus.
     7 For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the Saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
     8 Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient;
     9 Yet for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
     10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds,
     11 Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me,
     12 Whom I have sent again; thou therefore receive him, that is mine own bowels.
     13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel.
     14 But without thy mind would I do nothing, that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
     15 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;
     16 Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?
     17 If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.
     18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee aught, put that on mine account.
     19 I, Paul, have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it; albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me, even thine own self besides;
     20 Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord—refresh my bowels in the Lord.
     21 Having confidence in thy obedience, I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.
     22 But withal prepare me also a lodging; for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.
     23 There salute thee Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus;
     24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellow labourers.
     25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

¶ Written from Rome to Philemon, by Onesimus a servant.