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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

腓利门书

我是为了传扬基督耶稣而被囚禁的保罗,与提摩太弟兄写信给我们亲爱的同工腓利门弟兄、 亚腓亚姊妹和我们的战友亚基布,以及在腓利门家里聚会的弟兄姊妹。

愿我们的父上帝和主耶稣基督赐给你们恩典和平安!

称赞腓利门

腓利门弟兄,我常常在祷告中为你感谢上帝, 因为我听说了你对主耶稣的信心和对众圣徒的爱心。 我求上帝使你能有效地与人分享信仰,明白我们所做的一切美事都是为了基督。 弟兄啊,你的爱心给我带来极大的喜乐和安慰,因为你使众圣徒感到欣慰。

凭爱心求情

因此,我尽管可以奉基督的名吩咐你去做当做的事, 然而我这上了年纪又为基督耶稣的缘故被囚禁的保罗宁愿凭爱心求你, 10 就是替阿尼西谋[a]求你。他是我在狱中带领归主的属灵儿子, 11 他过去对你没有什么益处,但现在对你对我都有益处。

12 我现在派我深爱的阿尼西谋回你那里。 13 我本想把他留在身边,让他在我为传福音而坐牢期间代替你服侍我。 14 不过,未经你同意,我不愿意这样做,因为我盼望你的善行是出于甘心,而非勉强。 15 或许他暂时离开你是为了让你以后永远得到他。 16 你得到的不再是一个奴隶,而是一位远超过奴隶的亲爱弟兄。对我而言,的确如此,更何况对你呢!就肉身说你们是主仆,但在主里你们是弟兄。

17 如果你当我是同伴,就请你像接纳我一样接纳他。 18 如果他得罪你,或亏欠你什么,都记在我的账上吧。 19 我保罗在此亲笔保证,我必偿还。其实我不说你也知道,连你自己也欠我。

20 弟兄啊,看在主的份上,请你答应我的请求,在基督里让我的心得到安慰吧! 21 我写信给你,深信你一定会照办,甚至超过我的要求。 22 同时,也请你为我预备住处,因为我盼望借着你们的祷告,我可以蒙恩到你们那里。

问候

23 为了基督耶稣的缘故和我一同坐牢的以巴弗问候你。 24 此外,我的同工马可、亚里达古、底马和路加都问候你。

25 愿我们主耶稣基督的恩典与你们同在。阿们!

Notas al pie

  1. 1:10 阿尼西谋”这个名字意思是有用、有益处。