Bro. Bobby Matthews
Cornerstone Baptist Church
Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
The Book of Philemon
1:1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto
Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,
1:2 And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to
the church in thy house:
1:3 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus
1:4 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,
1:5 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord
Jesus, and toward all saints;
1:6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the
acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
1:7 For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the
bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
1:8 Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that
which is convenient,
1:9 Yet for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul
the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
1:10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my
1:11 Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to
thee and to me:
1:12 Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine
1:13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have
ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:
1:14 But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should
not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
1:15 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest
receive him for ever;
1:16 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
1:17 If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.
1:18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine
1:19 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.
1:20 Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my
bowels in the Lord.
1:21 Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that
thou wilt also do more than I say.
1:22 But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your
prayers I shall be given unto you.
1:23 There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;
1:24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.
1:25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.