Amplified Bible

Philemon

Salutation

Paul, a prisoner [for the sake] of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed), and our brother Timothy,

To Philemon our dearly beloved friend and fellow worker, and to [your wife] Apphia our sister, and to [a]Archippus our fellow soldier [in ministry], and to the [b]church that meets in your [c]house: Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philemon’s Love and Faith

I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of your faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the [d]saints (God’s people). I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective and powerful because of your accurate knowledge of every good thing which is ours in Christ. For I have had great joy and comfort and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints (God’s people) have been refreshed through you, my brother.

Therefore [on the basis of these facts], though I have enough confidence in Christ to order you to do what is appropriate, yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you—since I am such a person as Paul, an old man, and now also a prisoner [for the sake] of Christ Jesus—

A Plea for Onesimus to be Freed

10 I appeal to you for my [own spiritual] child Onesimus, whom I have fathered [in the faith] while a captive in these chains. 11 Once he was useless to you, but now he is indeed [e]useful to you as well as to me. 12 I have sent him back to you in person, that is, like sending my very heart. 13 I would have chosen to keep him with me, so that he might minister to me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel; 14 but I did not want to do anything without first getting your consent, so that your goodness would not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own free will. 15 Perhaps it was for this reason that he was separated from you for a while, so that you would have him back forever, 16 no longer as a slave, but [as someone] more than a slave, as a brother [in Christ], especially dear to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh [as a servant] and in the Lord [as a fellow believer].

17 So if you consider me a partner, welcome and accept him as you would me. 18 But if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge that to my account; 19 I, Paul, write this with my [f]own hand, I will repay it in full (not to mention to you that you [g]owe to me even your own self as well). 20 Yes, brother, let me have some benefit and joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.

21 I write to you [perfectly] confident of your obedient compliance, [h]since I know that you will do even more than I ask.

22 At the same time also prepare a guest room for me [in expectation of a visit], for I hope that through your prayers I will be [granted the gracious privilege of] coming to you [at Colossae].

23 Greetings to you from Epaphras, my fellow prisoner here in [the cause of] Christ Jesus, 24 and from Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.

25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Notas al pie

  1. Philemon 1:2 Perhaps the son of Philemon and Apphia.
  2. Philemon 1:2 Philemon was responsible to see that this letter was shared with his fellow Colossian believers.
  3. Philemon 1:2 Prior to the third century a.d. churches customarily met in private homes.
  4. Philemon 1:5 All born-again believers (saints) have been reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, made holy and set apart for God’s purpose.
  5. Philemon 1:11 Paul makes a play on words here because Onesimus means “useful” or “profitable.”
  6. Philemon 1:19 By writing this with his own hand, Paul accepted legal liability.
  7. Philemon 1:19 Philemon evidently was saved through Paul’s ministry and therefore owed Paul a debt that could not be repaid.
  8. Philemon 1:21 This was probably a subtle suggestion by Paul to emancipate Onesimus.

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Filemon

Dette brev er fra Paulus, som sidder fængslet for Jesu Kristi skyld, og fra Timoteus, min medarbejder.

Kære Filemon, min ven og partner i tjenesten, hils Apfia[a] og hils Arkippos, der kæmper for Herrens sag, ligesom vi gør. Hils også hele den menighed, der samles i dit hus. Nåde være med jer og fred fra Gud, vores Far, og Herren Jesus Kristus.

Jeg takker altid Gud, når jeg beder for dig, kære Filemon. Jeg har jo hørt om din levende tro på Jesus, vores Herre, og om din kærlighed til ham og alle kristne. Det er min bøn, at det fællesskab om troen, som du er med i, må blive endnu mere effektivt i tjenesten for Kristus gennem en fuld forståelse af alt det gode, han har givet os del i.[b] Jeg har hørt, hvordan du har været til stor hjælp og opmuntring for de kristne der, og det har opmuntret mig meget at høre om din kærlighed til dem. Det har virkelig givet mig en stor glæde.

8-9 Fordi jeg kender din kærlighed, kommer jeg med en bøn til dig. Egentlig kunne jeg vel frimodigt i Kristi navn befale dig at gøre det, som bør gøres. Du ville utvivlsomt være lydig over for en gammel mand som mig, der oven i købet er fængslet for Kristi skyld. Men jeg vil hellere appellere til dit gode hjerte. 10 Min bøn til dig angår Onesimos, som jeg har vundet for Herren, mens jeg har siddet i fangenskab her. Han er blevet som en søn for mig.

11 Før i tiden var Onesimos[c] ikke ligefrem til gavn for dig, men nu er han blevet til gavn for os begge to. 12 Når jeg nu sender ham tilbage til dig, er det, som om jeg sender mit eget hjerte. 13 Jeg ville gerne have beholdt ham her, for han har været mig til stor hjælp, mens jeg har siddet i fængsel på grund af mit budskab om Jesus. Du ville sikkert gerne selv have hjulpet mig, men det gjorde din slave så i stedet for. 14 Alligevel vil jeg ikke beholde ham uden dit samtykke, for han er trods alt din slave. Jeg ønsker heller ikke at tvinge dig til at gøre en god gerning. Den slags skal være frivilligt. 15 Måske var det nødvendigt, at du skulle undvære ham for en tid for netop at få ham tilbage for evigt, 16 ikke kun som slave, men som noget langt bedre, en medkristen som er højt elsket, ikke mindst af mig. Men du vil også selv elske ham højere nu, da I ud over det daglige arbejdsfællesskab også har fællesskab i Herren.

17 Hvis du virkelig betragter mig som partner i tjenesten, så tag imod ham, som du ville tage imod mig. 18 Hvis han har gjort noget forkert eller skylder dig noget, så skriv det på min regning. 19 Jeg vil betale det for ham. Det garanterer jeg for ved min egen underskrift. På den anden side kunne man jo egentlig også sige, at du på en måde skylder mig dit liv.

20 Kære kristne ven, vil du ikke nok gøre mig den tjeneste? Giv mig den glæde for Kristi skyld! 21 Jeg har skrevet det her brev i tillid til, at du vil gøre, hvad jeg beder dig om. Ja, jeg er overbevist om, at du ville gøre meget mere.

22 Samtidig vil jeg også bede dig om at være parat til at tage imod mig som din gæst. Jeg regner nemlig med, at Gud vil svare på jeres bønner og give mig min frihed tilbage, så jeg kan besøge jer.

23 Epafras sender jer mange hilsener. Han sidder også i fængsel her for troens skyld. 24 Også mine medarbejdere Markus, Aristark, Demas og Lukas sender deres hilsener.

25 Herren Jesu Kristi nåde være med jeres ånd!

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Ordret: „søsteren Apfia”, formodentligt Filemons kone.
  2. 6 Teksten er vanskelig at fortolke og kan oversættes på flere måder.
  3. 11 Navnet Onesimos var almindeligt blandt slaver og betyder „en, der er til gavn”.