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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.

Spanish, Castilian (La Nueva Biblia al Día)

Philemon 1

1Pablo, preso por predicar a Jesucristo, y el hermano Timoteo, a ti, Filemón, nuestro muy amado colaborador, 2y a la iglesia que se reúne en tu casa, junto con nuestra querida hermana Apia y con Arquipo, compañero nuestro en la milicia de la cruz. 3Gracia y paz a todos vosotros, de Dios nuestro Padre y de Jesucristo nuestro Señor.

Acción de gracias “y petición

4Siempre en mis oraciones doy gracias a mi Dios acordándome de ti, 5por lo que oigo hablar del amor y la fidelidad que profesas a Jesucristo nuestro Señor y a los creyentes en general. 6Ruego a Dios que tu fe, al comunicársela a otros, actúe en sus vidas haciéndoles reconocer cabalmente todo el bien que, gracias a Jesucristo, está en nosotros. 7Yo mismo he sentido el gran gozo y consuelo de tu amor, hermano mío, sabiendo que muchas veces has confortado en tu bondad el corazón de los creyentes.

Intercesión de Pablo “por Onésimo

8Aunque tengo una gran libertad para mandarte en el nombre de Cristo que hagas aquello que sea conveniente, 9ahora voy a hacerte una súplica movido por el amor: yo, Pablo, anciano como soy y encarcelado por la causa de Jesucristo, 10te suplico que tengas compasión de mi hijo espiritual Onésimo, a quien en esta prisión gané para el Señor.

11Es cierto que Onésimo no te fue demasiado útil en el pasado, pero ahora nos va a ser útil a ambos, a ti y a mí. 12Te lo he enviado de nuevo, de vuelta a casa: recíbelo como si de mí mismo se tratase. 13Yo habría preferido retenerlo aquí, conmigo, para que en esta cárcel donde estoy preso por anunciar el evangelio me ayudase en lugar tuyo. 14Pero no he querido hacer nada sin contar contigo, para que no te sientas obligado, sino que respondas con entera libertad a mi ruego.

15Quizá Onésimo se apartó de tu lado durante un tiempo, precisamente para que tú pudieras recuperarlo un día de manera definitiva; 16no ya como esclavo, sino como algo mucho mejor que un esclavo, como un hermano amado. Para mí, ya lo es; pero tú tienes razones para apreciarlo mucho más todavía, porque ahora ya no solo es tu esclavo, sino hermano tuyo en Cristo.

17Si tú sigues considerándote de veras mi compañero, recíbelo como me recibirías a mí mismo. 18¿Acaso te dañó él, o te debe algún dinero? De ser así, cárgalo en mi cuenta. 19De mi propio puño y letra, yo, Pablo, firmo el compromiso de pagártelo (aparte de lo cual, recuerda que tú también te me debes como creyente). 20Sí, hermano, respóndeme con un gesto que a mí me sea de provecho y conforte mi corazón.

21Te he escrito esta carta confiando en que no solo harás lo que te pido, sino mucho más; 22y ve preparándome alojamiento, porque espero que Dios, en respuesta a vuestras oraciones, me concederá que pronto vaya a veros.

23Epafras, mi compañero de prisión por la causa de Cristo Jesús, te saluda. 24También te envían saludos mis colaboradores Marcos, Aristarco, Demas y Lucas.

25Que la gracia de nuestro Señor Jesucristo sea con vuestro espíritu.