Neno: Bibilia Takatifu

Filemoni

Mimi Paulo, mfungwa kwa ajili ya Kristo Yesu, pamoja na ndugu yetu Timotheo. Tunakuandikia wewe Filemoni mfanyakazi mwenzetu mpendwa, na dada yetu Afia na askari mwenzetu Arkipo, pamoja na kanisa linalokutana nyumbani kwako Tunawatakieni neema na amani kutoka kwa Mungu Baba yetu na kwa Bwana Yesu

Upendo Na Imani Ya Filemoni

Ninamshukuru Mungu wangu kila ninapokuombea kwa sababu ninasikia habari za upendo wako na imani uliyonayo kwa Bwana wetu Yesu na kwa watakatifu wote. Ninakuombea kwamba unaposhirikiana na wengine juu ya imani yako upate kuelewa kikamilifu kila jambo jema ambalo tunapata ndani ya Kristo. Ndugu yangu, upendo wako umenipa furaha kubwa na faraja, kwa maana wewe umechangamsha mioyo ya watakatifu.

Ombi Kuhusu Onesmo

Kwa sababu hii, ingawa nina ujasiri ndani ya Kristo kuku amuru ufanye linalotakiwa, lakini kwa ajili ya upendo, ninaona ni bora zaidi nikuletee ombi. Mimi Paulo, balozi ambaye sasa ni mfungwa kwa ajili ya Yesu Kristo, 10 ninalo ombi kwako kuhusu mwanangu Onesmo; ambaye nimekuwa baba yake wa kiroho nikiwa gere zani. 11 Hapo awali huyu Onesmo alikuwa hakufai, lakini sasa amekuwa wa manufaa kwako na kwangu pia.

12 Ninamrudisha kwako, yeye ambaye ni kama moyo wangu mwe nyewe. 13 Ningelipenda akae nami hapa anisaidie badala yako wakati huu ambapo niko gerezani kwa ajili ya Injili. 14 Lakini sikupenda kufanya lo lote pasipo wewe kuniruhusu maana sipendi unisaidie kwa kulazimishwa, bali kwa hiari yako mwenyewe.

15 Pengine Onesmo aliondoka kwako kwa muda mfupi kusudi uta kapompata tena uweze kuwa naye daima; 16 na asiwe tena kama mtumwa tu, bali kama ndugu mpendwa. Yeye ni wa thamani sana kwangu lakini hasa zaidi kwako, maana pamoja na kuwa mtumwa wako, sasa ni ndugu yako katika Bwana.

17 Kwa hiyo ikiwa unanihesabu kama mshiriki mwenzako, basi mpokee kama vile ambavyo ungenipokea mimi. 18 Kama amekukosea jambo lo lote au ana deni lako, basi unidai mimi. 19 Mimi Paulo ninaandika jambo hili kwa mkono wangu mwenyewe, nitalipa. Wala sidhani nina haja ya kukukumbusha kwamba wewe mwenyewe ni mdeni wangu kwa ajili ya nafsi yako. 20 Kwa hiyo ndugu yangu, ninaamini utafanya jambo hili kwa ajili ya Bwana. Burudisha moyo wangu katika Kristo.

21 Naandika nikiwa na hakika ya kuwa utatii ninalokuambia na kwamba utafanya hata zaidi ya haya. 22 Tena nakuomba unitayar ishie chumba cha kukaa, kwa maana natarajia kurudi kwenu kama jibu la Mungu kwa maombi yenu.

23 Salamu zenu kutoka kwa Epafra, mfungwa mwenzangu kwa ajili ya Kristo Yesu; 24 na kutoka kwa Marko, Aristarko, Dema na

New American Standard Bible

Philemon

Salutation

Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy [a]our brother,

To Philemon our beloved brother and fellow worker, and to Apphia [b]our sister, and to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philemon’s Love and Faith

I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the [c]saints; and I pray that the fellowship of your faith may become effective [d]through the knowledge of every good thing which is in you [e]for Christ’s sake. For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the [f]hearts of the [g]saints have been refreshed through you, brother.

Therefore, though I have [h]enough confidence in Christ to order you to do what is proper, yet for love’s sake I rather appeal to you—since I am such a person as Paul, [i]the aged, and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus—

Plea for Onesimus, a Free Man

10 I appeal to you for my child [j]Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my [k]imprisonment, 11 who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me. 12 I have sent him back to you in person, that is, sending my very heart, 13 whom I wished to keep with me, so that on your behalf he might minister to me in my [l]imprisonment for the gospel; 14 but without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your goodness would not be, in effect, by compulsion but of your own free will. 15 For perhaps he was for this reason separated from you for a while, that you would have him back forever, 16 no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.

17 If then you regard me a partner, accept him as you would me. 18 But if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge that to my account; 19 I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand, I will repay it (not to [m]mention to you that you owe to me even your own self as well). 20 Yes, brother, let me benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ.

21 Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, since I know that you will do even more than what I say.

22 At the same time also prepare me a lodging, for I hope that through your prayers I will be given to you.

23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, 24 as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow workers.

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

Notas al pie

  1. Philemon 1:1 Lit the
  2. Philemon 1:2 Lit the
  3. Philemon 1:5 Or holy ones
  4. Philemon 1:6 Or in
  5. Philemon 1:6 Lit toward Christ
  6. Philemon 1:7 Lit inward parts
  7. Philemon 1:7 Or holy ones
  8. Philemon 1:8 Lit much
  9. Philemon 1:9 Or an ambassador
  10. Philemon 1:10 I.e. useful
  11. Philemon 1:10 Lit bonds
  12. Philemon 1:13 Lit bonds
  13. Philemon 1:19 Lit say
  14. Philemon 1:25 One early ms adds Amen