New International Version - UK

Philemon 1:1-25

1Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,

To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker – 2also to Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier – and to the church that meets in your home:

3Grace and peace to you1:3 The Greek is plural; also in verses 22 and 25; elsewhere in this letter ‘you’ is singular. from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving and prayer

4I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, 5because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. 6I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. 7Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.

Paul’s plea for Onesimus

8Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, 9yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. It is as none other than Paul – an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus – 10that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus,1:10 Onesimus means useful. who became my son while I was in chains. 11Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.

12I am sending him – who is my very heart – back to you. 13I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel. 14But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favour you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary. 15Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for ever – 16no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord.

17So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back – not to mention that you owe me your very self. 20I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. 21Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.

22And one thing more: prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers.

23Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings.

24And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers.

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

New Amharic Standard Version

ፊልሞና 1:1-25

1የክርስቶስ ኢየሱስ እስረኛ ከሆነው ከጳውሎስና ከወንድማችን ከጢሞቴዎስ፤

ለውድ ወዳጃችንና አብሮን ለሚሠራው ለፊልሞና፣ 2ለእኅታችን ለአፍብያ፣ አብሮን ወታደር ለሆነው ለአርክጳ በቤትህም ላለችው ቤተ ክርስቲያን፤

3ከእግዚአብሔር ከአባታችን፣ ከጌታም ከኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ጸጋና ሰላም ለእናንተ ይሁን።

4አንተን በጸሎቴ በማስብህ ጊዜ ዘወትር አምላኬን አመሰግናለሁ፤ 5ምክንያቱም በጌታ በኢየሱስ ያለህን እምነትና ለቅዱሳንም ሁሉ ያለህን ፍቅር ሰምቻለሁ። 6በክርስቶስ ስላለን መልካም ነገር ሁሉ በሚገባ ትረዳ ዘንድ፣ እምነትህን ለሌሎች በማካፈል እንድትተጋ እጸልያለሁ። 7ወንድሜ ሆይ፤ የቅዱሳንን ልብ ስላሳረፍህ ከፍቅርህ ታላቅ ደስታና መጽናናት አግኝቻለሁ።

8ስለዚህ ማድረግ የሚገባህን እንድታደርግ አዝህ ዘንድ በክርስቶስ ድፍረት ቢኖረኝም 9በፍቅር እለምንሃለሁ፤ እንግዲህ ሽማግሌና አሁን ደግሞ የክርስቶስ ኢየሱስ እስረኛ የሆንሁት እኔ ጳውሎስ፣ 10በእስር እያለሁ ስለ ወለድሁት ልጄ ስለ አናሲሞስ1፥10 አናሲሞስ ማለት የሚጠቅም ማለት ነው እለምንሃለሁ። 11አስቀድሞ የሚጠቅምህ አልነበረም፤ አሁን ግን ለአንተም ሆነ ለእኔ የሚጠቅም ሰው ሆኖአል።

12የልቤ ሰው የሆነውን እርሱን መልሼ ወደ አንተ ልኬዋለሁ። 13ስለ ወንጌል በታሰርሁበት ጊዜ በአንተ ፈንታ ሆኖ እንዲያገለግለኝ ለራሴ ላስቀረው ፈልጌ ነበር፤

14ነገር ግን አንተ የምታደርገውን መልካም ነገር ሁሉ በውዴታ እንጂ በግዴታ እንዳይሆን ሳላማክርህ ምንም ማድረግ አልፈልግም። 15ምናልባት ለጥቂት ጊዜ ከአንተ የተለየው፣ ተቀብለህ ለዘለቄታው አንተ ዘንድ እንድታቈየው ነው፤ 16ከእንግዲህ ወዲህ ግን እንደ ባሪያ ሳይሆን ከባሪያ በላይ የሆነ ተወዳጅ ወንድም ነው። ለእኔ ተወዳጅ ነው፤ ለአንተ ግን በሥጋም በጌታም ይበልጥ ተወዳጅ ነው።

17እንግዲህ እንደ ባልንጀራ ከቈጠርኸኝ እኔን እንደምትቀበለኝ አድርገህ ተቀበለው። 18አንተን የበደለህ ነገር ቢኖር ወይም የአንተ ብድር ቢኖርበት በእኔ ላይ ቊጠረው። 19እኔ ጳውሎስ ይህን በእጄ ጽፌልሃለሁ፤ ያለበትን እኔው እከፍልሃለሁ። አንተም ራስህ የእኔ ስለ መሆንህ ምንም አልናገርም። 20ወንድሜ ሆይ፤ በጌታ እንድትጠቅመኝ እፈልጋለሁ፤ በክርስቶስ ልቤን አሳርፍልኝ። 21ታዛዥ መሆንህን በመተማመን፣ ከምጠይቀውም በላይ እንደምታደርግ በማወቅ እጽፍልሃለሁ።

22ከዚህም ሌላ፣ ጸሎታችሁ መልስ አግኝቶ ወደ እናንተ ለመምጣት ተስፋ ስለማደርግ ማረፊያ አዘጋጁልኝ።

23ከእኔ ጋር የክርስቶስ ኢየሱስ እስረኛ የሆነው ኤጳፍራ ሰላምታ ያቀርብልሃል፤

24እንዲሁም አብረውኝ የሚሠሩት ማርቆስ፣ አርስጥሮኮስ፣ ዴማስና ሉቃስ ሰላምታ ያቀርቡልሃል።

25የጌታ የኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ጸጋ ከመንፈሳችሁ ጋር ይሁን።