New Living Translation


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.

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.