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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.

Nkwa Asem

Filemon

Nkyia

Saa nhoma yi fi Paulo a esiane Kristo Yesu nti, ɔyɛ odeduani no ne yɛn nuabarima Timoteo nkyɛn. Yɛde kɔma yɛn adamfo ne yɛn yɔnko Filemon ne asafo a wohyia wɔ wo fi no ne yɛn nuabea Apia ne yɛn yɔnko sraani Arkipo no.

Adom ne asomdwoe a efi yɛn Agya Nyankopɔn ne Awurade Yesu Kristo nka mo.

Onua Filemon, bere biara a mebɔ mpae no, mebɔ bi ma wo na meda me Nyankopɔn nso ase. Mete dɔ a wodɔ Onyankopɔn nkurɔfo ne gyidi a wowɔ wɔ Awurade Yesu mu no. Me mpaebɔ ne sɛ, baako a yɛne wo ayɛ sɛ gyidifo no bɛma yɛn ntease a emu dɔ wɔ nhyira biara a yenya fi Kristo mu no mu. Onua pa, wo dɔ no ama me anigye na ahyɛ me nkuran nso. Woakanyan Onyankopɔn nkurɔfo.

Eyi nti, mitumi de akokoduru kasa kyerɛ wo sɛ wo nua wɔ Kristo mu, hyɛ wo ma woyɛ nea ɛsɛ sɛ woyɛ. Ɔdɔ so na menam de saa asɛm yi to w’anim. Ɛwom sɛ me Paulo a meyɛ Kristo Yesu nanmusini na mprempren, ne nti meyɛ odeduani no, na meyɛ nea mereyɛ yi. 10 Enti migyina Onesimo a ɔyɛ me ba wɔ Kristo mu ananmu bisa, efisɛ, bere a meda afiase no, na ɔyɛ me ba honhom mu. 11 Bere bi a atwam no na ne ho nni mfaso ma wo nanso mprempren de, ne ho wɔ mfaso ma me ne wo. 12 Merema no asan n’akyi aba wo nkyɛn mprempren ara. Me koma ka ba a ɔreba no ho.

13 Esiane Asɛmpa no nti, mepɛ sɛ ɔtena me nkyɛn bere a meda afiase yi sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a obesi w’ananmu aboa me. 14 Nanso mempɛ sɛ mehyɛ wo sɛ boa me. Mmom, mepɛ sɛ wo ara wufi wo pɛ mu boa me. Ɛno nti, merenyɛ biribiara gye sɛ wopene so.

15 Ebia na Onesimo twee ne ho kakra na akyiri yi wabedi nna wo nkyɛn. 16 Mprempren ɔnyɛ ɔsomfo kɛkɛ efisɛ, ɔkyɛn ɔsomfo. Ɔyɛ onua pa wɔ Kristo mu. Ɔsom bo ma me. Saa ara nso na ɔbɛsom bo ama wo sɛ ɔsomfo ne onua wɔ Awurade mu.

17 Enti sɛ wudwen me ho sɛ wo fafafo a, saa ara nso na gye no awaawaatuu sɛnea wubegye me no ara. 18 Sɛ wayɛ wo biribi anaasɛ ɔde wo ka bi a, dan ma me. 19 Ɛha de, me ara mede me nsa bɛhyɛ ase sɛ: Me Paulo, metua wo ka. Ɛnsɛ sɛ mekae wo sɛ wo nkwa gyina me so. 20 Enti, me nua, mesrɛ wo sɛ, Awurade nti, yɛ me saa adɔe yi; ka me koma hyew sɛ wo nua wɔ Kristo mu.

21 Mewɔ anidaso sɛ, nea merekyerɛw wo yi, wobɛyɛ ama aboro nea merebisa wo yi so.

22 Afei pɛ ɔdan ma me efisɛ, minim sɛ Onyankopɔn betie mo mpaebɔ ama mabɛka mo ho bio.

23 Epafra a Kristo Yesu nti ɔne me da afiase no kyia wo.

24 Saa ara nso na Marko, Aristako, Dema ne Luka nso kyia wo.

25 Awurade Kristo adom nka mo nyinaa.