New International Reader's Version

Philemon 1:1-25

1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am a prisoner because of Christ Jesus. Our brother Timothy joins me in writing.

Philemon, we are sending you this letter. You are our dear friend. You work together with us. 2We are also sending it to our sister Apphia and to Archippus. He is a soldier of Christ together with us. And we are sending it to the church that meets in your home.

3May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

Paul Prays and Gives Thanks

4I always thank my God when I remember you in my prayers. 5That’s because I hear about your love for all God’s people. I also hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus. 6I pray that what we share by believing will help you understand even more. Then you will completely understand every good thing we share by believing in Christ. 7Your love has given me great joy. It has encouraged me. My brother, you have renewed the hearts of the Lord’s people.

Paul Makes an Appeal for Onesimus

8Because of the authority Christ has given me, I could be bold. I could order you to do what you should do anyway. 9But we love each other. And I would rather appeal to you on the basis of that love. I, Paul, am an old man. I am now also a prisoner because of Christ Jesus. 10I am an old man, and I’m in prison. This is how I make my appeal to you for my son Onesimus. He became a son to me while I was being held in chains. 11Before that, he was useless to you. But now he has become useful to you and to me.

12I’m sending Onesimus back to you. All my love for him goes with him. 13I’m being held in chains because of the good news. So I would have liked to keep Onesimus with me. And he could take your place in helping me. 14But I didn’t want to do anything unless you agreed. Any favor you do must be done because you want to do it, not because you have to. 15Onesimus was separated from you for a little while. Maybe that was so you could have him back forever. 16You could have him back not as a slave. Instead, he would be better than a slave. He would be a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even more dear to you. He is dear to you not only as another human being. He is also dear to you as a brother in the Lord.

17Do you think of me as a believer who works together with you? Then welcome Onesimus as you would welcome me. 18Has he done anything wrong to you? Does he owe you anything? Then charge it to me. 19I’ll pay it back. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I won’t even mention that you owe me your life. 20My brother, we both belong to the Lord. So I wish I could receive some benefit from you. Renew my heart. We know that Christ is the one who really renews it. 21I’m sure you will obey. So I’m writing to you. I know you will do even more than I ask.

22There is one more thing. Have a guest room ready for me. I hope I can return to all of you in answer to your prayers.

23Epaphras sends you greetings. Together with me, he is a prisoner because of Christ Jesus.

24Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke work together with me. They also send you greetings.

25May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Holy Bible in Gĩkũyũ

Filemona 1:1-25

11 Afil 2:25; Aef 3:1Nĩ niĩ Paũlũ, njohetwo nĩ ũndũ wa Kristũ Jesũ, na Timotheo mũrũ wa Ithe witũ,

Tũratũma marũa maya kũrĩ Filemona mũrata witũ ũrĩa twendete na mũruti wĩra hamwe na ithuĩ, 22 Akol 4:17; Afil 2:25; Arom 16:5na kũrĩ mwarĩ wa Ithe witũ Apufia, o na kũrĩ Arikipo, ũrĩa ũrũagĩrĩra Ũhoro wa Ngai hamwe na ithuĩ, o na kũrĩ kanitha ũrĩa ũcemanagia gwaku mũciĩ.

3Mũrogĩa na wega na thayũ kuuma kũrĩ Ngai Ithe witũ, na kuuma kũrĩ Mwathani Jesũ Kristũ.

Gũcookia Ngaatho hamwe na Kũhooya

4Atĩrĩrĩ, rĩrĩa ngũkũririkana mahooya-inĩ makwa-rĩ, nĩnjookagĩria Ngai wakwa ngaatho hĩndĩ ciothe, 55 Atũm 20:21; Akol 1:4tondũ nĩnjiguaga ũhoro wa wĩtĩkio waku thĩinĩ wa Mwathani Jesũ, na ũrĩa wendete andũ arĩa othe aamũre. 6Nĩhooyaga atĩ ũgĩe na kĩyo rĩrĩa ũkũgwatanĩra nao ũhoro wa wĩtĩkio waku, nĩgeetha magĩe na ũmenyo wa maũndũ mothe mega marĩa tũrĩ namo thĩinĩ wa Kristũ. 77 2Akor 7:4, 13Wendani waku nĩũheete gĩkeno kĩnene mũno na ũkanyũmĩrĩria, nĩ tondũ wee, mũrũ wa Ithe witũ, nĩũcanjamũrĩte ngoro cia andũ arĩa aamũre.

Paũlũ Gũthaithanĩrĩra Onesimo

8Nĩ ũndũ wa ũguo-rĩ, o na gũtuĩka no ngwathe ndĩ thĩinĩ wa Jesũ Kristũ, atĩ wĩke ũrĩa wagĩrĩire-rĩ, 99 Aef 3:1nĩ kaba ngũthaithe ũwĩke nĩ ũndũ wa wendo. Nĩ ũndũ ũcio-rĩ, niĩ Paũlũ o na ndĩ mũthuuri mũkũrũ, na ningĩ ndĩ muohe nĩ ũndũ wa Kristũ Jesũ-rĩ, 1010 1Akor 4:9ngũgĩgũthaitha nĩ ũndũ wa mũrũ wakwa Onesimo, ũrĩa watuĩkire mũrũ wakwa ndĩ gũkũ kĩoho-inĩ. 11Mbere ĩyo ndaarĩ kĩene kũrĩwe, no rĩu nĩatuĩkĩte mũndũ wa bata harĩwe o na harĩ niĩ.

12Nake nĩngũmũcookia kũrĩwe, na ngĩmũtũma no taarĩ ngoro yakwa mwene ndĩragũtũmĩra. 1313 Atũm 21:33Nĩingĩrendire gũikara nake, nĩgeetha andeithagie handũ-inĩ haku, rĩu njohetwo nĩ ũndũ wa Ũhoro-ũrĩa-Mwega. 1414 2Akor 9:7No ndiendire gwĩka ũndũ o na ũrĩkũ wee ũtetĩkĩrĩte, nĩgeetha ũndũ o wothe mwega wee ũngĩka ũkorwo ũrĩ wa kwĩyendera no ti wa kũringĩrĩrio. 15No gũkorwo gĩtũmi gĩa akweherere kahinda kanini-rĩ, nĩgeetha agũcookerera mũtũũranie nake nginya tene, 1616 Math 23:8; 1Tim 6:2no ndagacooke arĩ o ngombo, no akorwo akĩrĩte ngombo, acooke arĩ mũrũ wa Ithe witũ mwende mũno. Nĩ wa bata mũno harĩ niĩ, no harĩwe nĩ wa bata makĩria, arĩ ta mũndũ o na ta mũrũ wa Ithe witũ thĩinĩ wa Mwathani.

1717 2Akor 8:23Nĩ ũndũ ũcio angĩkorwo nĩũtuaga tũrĩ rũmwe nawe-rĩ, mwamũkĩre o ta ũrĩa ũngĩnyamũkĩra niĩ mwene. 1818 Kĩam 43:9Nake angĩkorwo nĩagwĩkĩte ũũru o na ũrĩkũ, kana hihi arĩ na thiirĩ waku-rĩ, andĩka atĩ thiirĩ ũcio nĩ wakwa. 19Nĩ niĩ Paũlũ ndĩrakwandĩkĩra na guoko gwakwa mwene. Nĩngakũrĩha thiirĩ ũcio, o na gũtuĩka ndikwenda kũgweta atĩ o na wee mwene ũrĩ thiirĩ wakwa. 2020 1Akor 16:18Atĩrĩrĩ, mũrũ wa Ithe witũ, niĩ ingĩenda ngĩe na uumithio uumĩte kũrĩwe thĩinĩ wa Mwathani; canjamũra ngoro yakwa thĩinĩ wa Kristũ. 2121 2Akor 2:3Ndakwandĩkĩra marũa maya ndĩhokete atĩ ndũngĩaga kũnjathĩkĩra, na ngĩmenyaga atĩ nĩũgwĩka o na makĩria ya ũrĩa ngũrĩĩtie wĩke.

2222 2Akor 1:11Hamwe na ũguo-rĩ, thondekera handũ ha gũikara, tondũ ndĩ na mwĩhoko atĩ nĩndĩtĩkĩrio njũke kũrĩ inyuĩ nĩ ũndũ wa mahooya marĩa mũhooyagĩra.

2323 Akol 1:7Epafara, ũrĩa tuohetwo nake nĩ ũndũ wa Kristũ Jesũ, nĩakũgeithia. 2424 Atũm 12:12; Akol 4:14O na Mariko, na Arisitariko, na Dema, na Luka, arĩa tũrutithanagia wĩra nao, nĩmakũgeithia. 2525 Agal 6:18Wega wa Mwathani witũ Jesũ Kristũ ũrogĩa na roho waku.