Knijga O Kristu

Poslanica Filemonu

našoj sestri Apiji i Arhipu koji je kao i ja borac za Krista, te Crkvi koja se sastaje u tvojemu domu.

Neka vam je milost i mir od našega Boga Oca i Gospodina Isusa Krista.

Pavlova molitva zahvalnosti

Uvijek zahvaljujem Bogu kad se molim za tebe, Filemone,

jer čujem o tvojoj vjeri u Gospodina Isusa i o tvojoj ljubavi prema svima svetima.

Zbog svoje vjere si velikodušan i njeguješ zajedništvo. Molim se da to urodi spoznanjem svakoga dobra koje valja činiti među vama zaradi Krista.

Silno si me razveselio i utješio svojom ljubavlju, dragi brate, jer si okrijepio srca svetih.

Pavlova molba za Onezima

I zato, iako ti u Kristu imam puno pravo zapovjediti što da učiniš,

zaradi ljubavi te, kakav već jesam, radije molim - ja, Pavao, starac, sada i u zatvoru za Krista Isusa.

10 Molim te za Onezima, kojega smatram gotovo sinom jer je postao vjernikom za moje službe ovdje u zatvoru.

11 Onezim[a] ti nekoć nije bio od koristi, ali sada je i tebi i meni vrlo koristan.

12 Šaljem ti ga natrag, a s njime odlazi i moje srce.

13 Htio sam ga zadržati ovdje da mi umjesto tebe služi u okovima koje nosim zbog evanđelja.

14 Ali nisam ništa htio učiniti bez tvojega pristanka jer ne želim da to dobročinstvo učiniš prisilno, već dragovoljno.

15 Moglo bi se reći da je Onezim od tebe nakratko otišao zato da ga zauvijek dobiješ

16 - ne više kao roba, nego kao ljubljenoga brata. Meni je osobito drag, a koliko će tek tebi biti - i kao rob i kao brat u Gospodinu.

17 Ako dakle mene smatraš drugom, primi ga kao da mene primaš.

18 Ako te je u čemu oštetio ili ti je dužan, upiši to meni na račun.

19 Ja ću ti platiti - ja, Pavao, za to osobno jamčim svojim potpisom. A ne moram ni spominjati da mi duguješ sebe!

20 Dragi brate, učini mi tu uslugu, Gospodinu za ljubav. Okrijepi moje srce u Kristu!

21 Pišem ovo posve uvjeren u tvoju poslušnost. Znam da ćeš učiniti i više nego što te molim.

22 Molim te, pripravi mi gostinsku sobu jer se nadam da će Bog uslišiti vaše molitve i dati da vam uskoro dođem.

Posljednji pozdravi

23 Pozdravljaju te Epafra, koji je zbog Krista Isusa sa mnom u zatvoru,

24 te moji suradnici Marko, Aristarh, Dema i Luka.

25 Neka je milost našega gospodina Isusa Krista s vašim duhom.

Notas al pie

  1. Poslanica Filemonu 1:11 'Onezim' znači 'koristan'.

The Message

Philemon

1-3 I, Paul, am a prisoner for the sake of Christ, here with my brother Timothy. I write this letter to you, Philemon, my good friend and companion in this work—also to our sister Apphia, to Archippus, a real trooper, and to the church that meets in your house. God’s best to you! Christ’s blessings on you!

4-7 Every time your name comes up in my prayers, I say, “Oh, thank you, God!” I keep hearing of the love and faith you have for the Master Jesus, which brims over to other believers. And I keep praying that this faith we hold in common keeps showing up in the good things we do, and that people recognize Christ in all of it. Friend, you have no idea how good your love makes me feel, doubly so when I see your hospitality to fellow believers.

To Call the Slave Your Friend

8-9 In line with all this I have a favor to ask of you. As Christ’s ambassador and now a prisoner for him, I wouldn’t hesitate to command this if I thought it necessary, but I’d rather make it a personal request.

10-14 While here in jail, I’ve fathered a child, so to speak. And here he is, hand-carrying this letter—Onesimus! He was useless to you before; now he’s useful to both of us. I’m sending him back to you, but it feels like I’m cutting off my right arm in doing so. I wanted in the worst way to keep him here as your stand-in to help out while I’m in jail for the Message. But I didn’t want to do anything behind your back, make you do a good deed that you hadn’t willingly agreed to.

15-16 Maybe it’s all for the best that you lost him for a while. You’re getting him back now for good—and no mere slave this time, but a true Christian brother! That’s what he was to me—he’ll be even more than that to you.

17-20 So if you still consider me a comrade-in-arms, welcome him back as you would me. If he damaged anything or owes you anything, chalk it up to my account. This is my personal signature—Paul—and I stand behind it. (I don’t need to remind you, do I, that you owe your very life to me?) Do me this big favor, friend. You’ll be doing it for Christ, but it will also do my heart good.

21-22 I know you well enough to know you will. You’ll probably go far beyond what I’ve written. And by the way, get a room ready for me. Because of your prayers, I fully expect to be your guest again.

23-25 Epaphras, my cellmate in the cause of Christ, says hello. Also my coworkers Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke. All the best to you from the Master, Jesus Christ!