The Message


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!

Nkwa Asem



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.