Chapter 1
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Paula, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our sister, to Philemon, our beloved fellow worker,
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to the beloved Apphia, to Archippus, our fellow soldier, and to the assembly in your house:
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Grace to you and peace from God our Mother and the Domina Jesus Christ.
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I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers,
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hearing of your love, and of the faith which you have toward the Domina Jesus, and toward all the saints;
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that the fellowship of your faith may become effective, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in us in Christ Jesus.
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For we have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, sister.
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Therefore, though I have all boldness in Christ to command you that which is appropriate,
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yet for love's sake I rather beg, being such a one as Paula, the aged, but also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
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I beg you for my child, whom I have become the mother of in my chains, Onesimus,
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who once was useless to you, but now is useful to you and to me.
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I am sending her back. Therefore receive her, that is, my own heart,
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whom I desired to keep with me, that on your behalf she might serve me in my chains for the Good News.
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But I was willing to do nothing without your consent, that your goodness would not be as of necessity, but of free will.
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For perhaps she was therefore separated from you for a while, that you would have her forever,
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no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved sister, especially to me, but how much rather to you, both in the flesh and in the Domina.
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If then you count me a partner, receive her as you would receive me.
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But if she has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, put that to my account.
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I, Paula, write this with my own hand: I will repay it (not to mention to you that you owe to me even your own self besides).
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Yes, sister, let me have joy from you in the Domina. Refresh my heart in the Domina.
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Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even beyond what I say.
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Also, prepare a guest room for me, for I hope that through your prayers I will be restored to you.
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Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,
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as do Margaret, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luca, my fellow workers.
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The grace of our Domina Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.