1 Kuchokera kwa Paulo, amene ndili mʼndende chifukwa cha Khristu Yesu ndi Timoteyo mʼbale wathu.
Kulembera Filemoni, bwenzi lathu lokondedwa ndi mtumiki mnzathu. 2 Kwa Apiya mlongo wathu, Arkipo msilikali mnzathu, ndiponso mpingo umene umasonkhana mʼnyumba mwanu.
3 Chisomo ndi mtendere zochokera kwa Mulungu Atate athu ndi Ambuye Yesu Khristu zikhale ndi inu.
Kuyamika ndi Pemphero
4 Ine ndimayamika Mulungu wanga nthawi zonse ndikakukumbukira iwe mʼmapemphero anga. 5 Pakuti ndamva za chikondi chako, za chikhulupiriro chako mwa Ambuye Yesu ndiponso za chikondi chako pa oyera mtima onse. 6 Ine ndikupemphera kuti mgwirizano wako ndi ife mʼchikhulupiriro ukhale opindulitsa pozamitsa nzeru zako zozindikira zinthu zilizonse zabwino zimene timagawana chifukwa cha Khristu. 7 Mʼbale, chikondi chako chandipatsa chimwemwe chachikulu ndi chilimbikitso, chifukwa umatsitsimutsa mitima ya anthu a Ambuye.
Paulo Apempha kuti Amuchitire Chifundo Onesimo
8 Tsopano ngakhale kuti mwa Khristu nditha kulimba mtima ndi kulamulira kuti uchite zimene uyenera kuchita, 9 komabe ndikupempha mwachikondi. Ine Paulo, munthu wokalamba, ndipo tsopano ndili mʼndende chifukwa cha Khristu Yesu, 10 ndikukupempha chifukwa cha mwana wanga Onesimo, amene ndamubala ndili mu unyolo. 11 Anali wopanda phindu kwa iwe, koma tsopano wasanduka wa phindu kwa iwe ndi kwa inenso.
12 Ine ndikumutumizanso kwa iwe tsopano, koma potero ndikukhala ngati ndikutumiza mtima wanga weniweni. 13 Ndikanakonda ndikanakhala naye kuno kuti iyeyo azinditumikira mʼmalo mwako pamene ndili mu unyolo chifukwa cha Uthenga Wabwino. 14 Koma sindikufuna kuchita kanthu osakufunsa, nʼcholinga chakuti chilichonse chabwino ungandichitire chikhale mwakufuna kwako osati mokakamiza. 15 Mwina chifukwa chimene unasiyana naye kwa kanthawi ndi chakuti ukhale nayenso nthawi zonse. 16 Osati ngati kapolo, koma woposa kapolo, ngati mʼbale wokondedwa. Iyeyu ndi wokondedwa kwambiri kwa ine koma kwa iweyo ndi wokondedwa koposa, ngati munthu komanso ngati mʼbale mwa Ambuye.
17 Tsono ngati umati ndine mnzako, umulandire iyeyu monga momwe ukanandilandirira ineyo. 18 Ngati anakulakwira kapena kukongola kanthu kalikonse, ndidzalipira ineyo. 19 Ine, Paulo ndikulemba zimenezi ndi dzanja langa. Ine ndidzalipira. Nʼkosafunika kukukumbutsa kuti iweyo ngongole yako kwa ine ndi moyo wakowo. 20 Mʼbale, ndikufuna kuti ndipindule nawe mwa Ambuye; tsono tsitsimutsa mtima wanga mwa Khristu. 21 Ine ndili ndi chitsimikizo cha kumvera kwako pamene ndikukulembera kalatayi. Ndikulemba ndikudziwa kuti udzachita ngakhale kuposa zimene ndakupemphazi.
22 Chinthu chinanso ndi ichi: undikonzere malo, chifukwa ndikukhulupirira kuti Mulungu adzamvera mapemphero anu ndi kundibwezera kwa inu.
23 Epafra, wamʼndende mnzanga chifukwa cha Khristu Yesu akupereka moni. 24 Atumiki anzanga awa, Marko, Aristariko, Dema ndi Luka, akuperekanso moni.
25 Chisomo cha Ambuye Yesu Khristu chikhale ndi mzimu wako.
Greetings from Paul
1 This letter is from Paul, a prisoner for preaching the Good News about Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy.
I am writing to Philemon, our beloved co-worker, 2 and to our sister Apphia, and to our fellow soldier Archippus, and to the church that meets in your[a] house.
3 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Paul’s Thanksgiving and Prayer
4 I always thank my God when I pray for you, Philemon, 5 because I keep hearing about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God’s people. 6 And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. 7 Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.
Paul’s Appeal for Onesimus
8 That is why I am boldly asking a favor of you. I could demand it in the name of Christ because it is the right thing for you to do. 9 But because of our love, I prefer simply to ask you. Consider this as a request from me—Paul, an old man and now also a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus.[b]
10 I appeal to you to show kindness to my child, Onesimus. I became his father in the faith while here in prison. 11 Onesimus[c] hasn’t been of much use to you in the past, but now he is very useful to both of us. 12 I am sending him back to you, and with him comes my own heart.
13 I wanted to keep him here with me while I am in these chains for preaching the Good News, and he would have helped me on your behalf. 14 But I didn’t want to do anything without your consent. I wanted you to help because you were willing, not because you were forced. 15 It seems you lost Onesimus for a little while so that you could have him back forever. 16 He is no longer like a slave to you. He is more than a slave, for he is a beloved brother, especially to me. Now he will mean much more to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.
17 So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18 If he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19 I, PAUL, WRITE THIS WITH MY OWN HAND: I WILL REPAY IT. AND I WON’T MENTION THAT YOU OWE ME YOUR VERY SOUL!
20 Yes, my brother, please do me this favor[d] for the Lord’s sake. Give me this encouragement in Christ.
21 I am confident as I write this letter that you will do what I ask and even more! 22 One more thing—please prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that God will answer your prayers and let me return to you soon.
Paul’s Final Greetings
23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings. 24 So do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my co-workers.
25 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.