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.
11 a nny 9, 23; Bef 3:1 b 2Ko 1:1 c Baf 2:25Pawulo, omusibe wa Kristo Yesu, n’owooluganda Timoseewo, tuwandiikira ggwe Firemooni, mukozi munnaffe omwagalwa, 22 a Bak 4:17 b Baf 2:25 c Bar 16:5ne Apofiya mwannyinaffe, ne Alukipo mulwanyi munnaffe, n’Ekkanisa yonna ekuŋŋaanira mu nnyumba yo.
3Ekisa n’emirembe ebiva eri Katonda Kitaffe ne Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo bibeerenga nammwe.
44 Bar 1:8Bulijjo bwe mba nga nkusabira neebaza Katonda, 55 Bef 1:15; Bak 1:4kubanga buli kiseera mpulira nga bw’olina okwagala n’okukkiriza eri Mukama waffe Yesu n’eri abatukuvu bonna. 6Nsaba nti nga bw’ogenda otegeeza abantu okukkiriza kwo, nabo kubanyweze mu bulamu bwabwe, nga bategeerera ddala ebirungi byonna ebiri mu ffe ku bwa Kristo. 77 a 2Ko 7:4, 13 b nny 20Nsanyuka nnyo era ne nziramu amaanyi olw’okwagala kwo, kubanga emitima gy’abatukuvu giziddwa buggya ku lulwo owooluganda.
Pawulo yeegayiririra Onesimo
8Noolwekyo newaakubadde era, nga nnina obuvumu mu Kristo, nga nandisobodde okukulagira okukola ekyo ky’osaanira okukola, 99 nny 1, 23naye okwagala kwange gy’oli kumpaliriza okukusaba obusabi, nze, Pawulo, kaakano akaddiye, era ali mu kkomera olwa Kristo Yesu; 1010 a 1Ko 4:15 b Bak 4:9nkwegayirira ku bikwata ku mwana wange Onesimo gwe nayamba okukkiriza Mukama waffe nga ndi mu njegere, mu busibe, 11Onesimo oyo, gye buvuddeko ataali wa mugaso gy’oli, naye kaakano nga wa mugaso nnyo gye tuli ffembi, 12gwe naaweereza gy’oli nga n’omutima gwange gujjirako, 13oyo gwe nandyagadde okwesigaliza, ampeereze nga ndi mu busibe olw’enjiri, mu kifo kyo mwe wandibadde onnyambira, 1414 2Ko 9:7; 1Pe 5:2naye ne saagala kukikola nga tonzikirizza. Saagala okole eky’ekisa olwokubanga oteekwa, wabula kikole lwa kweyagalira. 15Kiyinzika okuba nga Onesimo yakwawukanako okumala akaseera, oluvannyuma alyoke abeere naawe ebbanga lyonna, 1616 Mat 23:8; 1Ti 6:2nga takyali muddu buddu, naye ng’asingako awo, ng’afuuse owooluganda omwagalwa ennyo, na ddala gye ndi. Kaakano ajja kubeera wa mugaso nnyo gy’oli mu mubiri ne mu Mukama waffe.
1717 2Ko 8:23Obanga ddala ndi munno, mwanirize mu ngeri y’emu nga bwe wandinnyanirizza singa nze mbadde nzize. 18Obanga waliwo ekintu ekibi kye yakukola, oba ekintu ky’omubanja, kimbalirweko. 19Kino nkiwandiika mu mukono gwange nze, Pawulo, nti ndikusasula. Sijja kukugamba nti olina ebbanja lyange. 2020 nny 7Munnange owooluganda, nkolera ekikolwa kino ekiraga okwagala, omutima gwange guddemu amaanyi mu Kristo. 2121 2Ko 2:3Nkuwandiikidde ebbaluwa eno nga neesigira ddala nga kye nkusaba ojja kukikola n’okusingawo! 2222 a Baf 1:25; 2:24 b 2Ko 1:11Nninayo n’ekirala kye nkusaba; nkusaba ontegekere we ndisula, kubanga nnina essuubi, nga Katonda okusaba kwammwe ajja kukuddamu anzikirize nkomewo gye muli.
2323 Bak 1:7Epafula, musibe munnange olw’okubuulira Enjiri ya Kristo Yesu, abalamusizza.
2424 a Bik 12:12 b Bik 19:29 c Bak 4:14Ne bakozi bannange bano: Makko, ne Alisutaluuko, ne Dema, ne Lukka nabo babalamusizza.
2525 2Ti 4:22Ekisa kya Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo kibeerenga n’omwoyo gwammwe.