Paul the presoner of Iesu Christ, and brother Timotheus. Vnto Philemon the
beloued, and oure helper,
2 and to the beloued Appia, and to Archippus or felowe soudyer, and to the
congregacion in thy house.
3 Grace be with you, and peace from God oure father and from the LORDE
4 I thanke my God, makynge mencion allwayes of the in my prayers
5 (for so moch as I heare of thy loue and faith which thou hast on the
LORDE Iesu, and towarde all sayntes)
6 that oure comen faith maye be frutefull in the, thorow knowlege of all
ye good that ye haue in Christ Iesu.
7 Greate ioye and consolacion haue I in thy loue. For by the (brother) the
sayntes are hertely refresshed.
8 Wherfore though I haue great boldnes in Christ to commaunde the that
which becommeth the,
9 yet for loues sake I rather beseke ye, though I be as I am, eue Paul
aged, and now a presoner also of Iesu Christ.
10 I beseke the for my sonne Onesimus (whom I haue begotten in my bondes)
11 which in tyme past was to the vnprofitable, but now profitable both to
the and me.
12 Whom I haue sent agayne: but receaue thou him (that is) euen myne awne hert.
13 For I wolde haue kepte him styll with me, that in thy steade he might
haue mynistred vnto me in ye bondes of ye Gospell:
14 Neuertheles without thy mynde wolde I do nothinge, that ye good which
thou doest, shulde not be of compulsion, but wyllingly.
15 Happly he therfore departed for a season, that thou shuldest receaue
him for euer:
16 not now as a seruaunt, but aboue a seruaunt, euen a brother beloued,
specially to me, but how moch more vnto ye, both in ye flesh and in the LORDE?
17 Yf thou holde me for thy companyon, receaue him then euen as my selfe.
18 But yf he haue hurte the, or oweth the oughte, that laye to my charge.
19 I Paul haue wrytten it with myne awne hande. I wil recompence it: so
that I do not saye vnto ye, how that thou owest vnto me euen thine owne selfe.
20 Euen so brother, let me enioye the in the LORDE: refresh thou my hert
in the LORDE.
21 Trustinge in thine obediece, I haue wrytten vnto the, for I knowe that
thou wilt do more then I saye.
22 Morouer prepare me lodginge, for I hope that thorow youre prayers I
shalbe geuen vnto you.
23 There saluteth the, Epaphras my felowe presoner in Christ Iesu,
24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my helpers.
25 The grace of oure LORDE Iesu Christ be with youre sprete, Amen.