Paul şe presoner of Iesu christ and brother Timothe. Unto Philemon the beloued,
and oure helper,
2 and to the beloued Appia, and to Aechippus oure felowe soudier and to the
congregacyon that is of thy house.
3 Grace be vnto you and peace, from God oure father, & from the Lorde Iesus
4 I thanke my God, makynge mencyon all wayes of the in my prayers,
5 when I heare of thy loue & fayth, which thou hast to warde the Lorde. Iesu,
and towarde all saynctes,
6 so that the fellishyppe of thy fayth is frutefull in şe knowledge of euery
good which is in, you towarde Iesus Christ.
7 For we haue great ioye and consolacyon in thy loue: because that by the
(brother) şe sayntes hertes are conforted.
8 Wherfore, though I myght be bold in Christ to commaunde the, that which was
thy dewtye to do:
9 yet for loues sake I rather beseche the, though I be as I am, euen olde Paul,
& nowe a presoner of Iesu Christ.
10 I beseche the for my sonne Onesimus whom I haue begotten in my bondes,
11 (which in tyme passed was to şe vnprofitable but nowe proffitable both to
the & to me)
12 whom I haue sent home agayne. Thou therfore receyue hym, that is to saye myne
13 whom I wolde fayne haue retayned with me, şt in thy steade he myght haue
minystred vnto me in the bondes of the Gospell.
14 Neuerthelesse, without thy mynde wolde I do nothinge, that the good whych
thou doest, shulde not be as it were of necessite, but wyllyngly.
15 For happly he therfore departed for a season, that thou shuldest receaue hym
16 not nowe as a seruaunt: but aboue a seruaunt, euen a brother beloued,
specially to me: but howe moche more vnto the, both in şe flesshe, and also in
17 If thou count me therfore a felowe, receaue him as my selfe.
18 If he haue done the anye hurt, or oweth şe ought, that laye to my charge.
19 (I Paul haue written it with myne awne hande) I wyll recompence it. So that I
do not saye to the, howe that thou owest vnto me euen thyne awne selfe also.
20 Euen so brother, let me enioye the in the Lorde: Comforte my bowels in the
21 Trustynge in thyne obedience, I wrote vnto the, knowynge, that thou wylt also
do more then I saye.
22 Moreouer, prepare me lodginge for I trust that thorowe the helpe of youre
prayers, I shalbe geuen vnto you.
23 Ther salute the, Epaphras my felowe presoner in Christ Iesu,
24 Marcus, Aristarcus, Demas, Lucas, my helpers.
25 The grace of oure Lorde Iesu Christ be with your sprete: Amen.