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 (Traditional)

腓利門書

我是為了傳揚基督耶穌而被囚禁的保羅,與提摩太弟兄寫信給我們親愛的同工腓利門弟兄、 亞腓亞姊妹和我們的戰友亞基布,以及在腓利門家裡聚會的弟兄姊妹。

願我們的父上帝和主耶穌基督賜給你們恩典和平安。

稱讚腓利門

腓利門弟兄,我常常在禱告中為你感謝上帝, 因為我聽說了你對主耶穌的信心和對眾聖徒的愛心。 我求上帝使你能有效地與人分享信仰,明白我們所做的一切美事都是為了基督。 弟兄啊,你的愛心給我帶來極大的喜樂和安慰,因為你使眾聖徒感到欣慰。

憑愛心求情

因此,我儘管可以奉基督的名吩咐你去做當做的事, 然而我這上了年紀又為基督耶穌的緣故被囚禁的保羅寧願憑愛心求你, 10 就是替阿尼西謀[a]求你。他是我在獄中帶領歸主的屬靈兒子, 11 他過去對你沒有什麼益處,但現在對你對我都有益處。

12 我現在派我深愛的阿尼西謀回你那裡。 13 我本想把他留在身邊,讓他在我為傳福音而坐牢期間代替你服侍我。 14 不過,未經你同意,我不願意這樣做,因為我盼望你的善行是出於甘心,而非勉強。 15 或許他暫時離開你是為了讓你以後永遠得到他。 16 你得到的不再是一個奴隸,而是一位遠超過奴隸的親愛弟兄。對我而言,的確如此,更何況對你呢!就肉身說你們是主僕,但在主裡你們是弟兄。

17 如果你當我是同伴,就請你像接納我一樣接納他。 18 如果他得罪你,或虧欠你什麼,都記在我的賬上吧。 19 我保羅在此親筆保證,我必償還。其實我不說你也知道,連你自己也欠我。

20 弟兄啊,看在主的份上,請你答應我的請求,在基督裡讓我的心得到安慰吧! 21 我寫信給你,深信你一定會照辦,甚至超過我的要求。 22 同時,也請你為我預備住處,因為我盼望藉著你們的禱告,我可以蒙恩到你們那裡。

問候

23 為了基督耶穌的緣故和我一同坐牢的以巴弗問候你。 24 此外,我的同工馬可、亞里達古、底馬和路加都問候你。

25 願我們主耶穌基督的恩典與你們同在。阿們!

Notas al pie

  1. 1·10 阿尼西謀」這個名字意思是有用、有益處。