New Living Translation

Philemon

Greetings from Paul

This letter is from Paul, a prisoner for preaching the Good News about Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy.

I am writing to Philemon, our beloved co-worker, and to our sister Apphia, and to our fellow soldier Archippus, and to the church that meets in your[a] house.

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

Paul’s Thanksgiving and Prayer

I always thank my God when I pray for you, Philemon, because I keep hearing about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God’s people. And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.

Paul’s Appeal for Onesimus

That is why I am boldly asking a favor of you. I could demand it in the name of Christ because it is the right thing for you to do. But because of our love, I prefer simply to ask you. Consider this as a request from me—Paul, an old man and now also a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus.[b]

10 I appeal to you to show kindness to my child, Onesimus. I became his father in the faith while here in prison. 11 Onesimus[c] hasn’t been of much use to you in the past, but now he is very useful to both of us. 12 I am sending him back to you, and with him comes my own heart.

13 I wanted to keep him here with me while I am in these chains for preaching the Good News, and he would have helped me on your behalf. 14 But I didn’t want to do anything without your consent. I wanted you to help because you were willing, not because you were forced. 15 It seems you lost Onesimus for a little while so that you could have him back forever. 16 He is no longer like a slave to you. He is more than a slave, for he is a beloved brother, especially to me. Now he will mean much more to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.

17 So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18 If he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19 I, PAUL, WRITE THIS WITH MY OWN HAND: I WILL REPAY IT. AND I WON’T MENTION THAT YOU OWE ME YOUR VERY SOUL!

20 Yes, my brother, please do me this favor[d] for the Lord’s sake. Give me this encouragement in Christ.

21 I am confident as I write this letter that you will do what I ask and even more! 22 One more thing—please prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that God will answer your prayers and let me return to you soon.

Paul’s Final Greetings

23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings. 24 So do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my co-workers.

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

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Throughout this letter, you and your are singular except in verses 3, 22, and 25.
  2. 9 Or a prisoner of Christ Jesus.
  3. 11 Onesimus means “useful.”
  4. 20 Greek onaimen, a play on the name Onesimus.

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'.