Knijga O Kristu

Filemonu 1:1-25

Pavlovi pozdravi

1Ovo je pismo od Pavla, koji je u zatvoru zbog propovijedanja Radosne vijesti o Isusu Kristu, i od našega brata Timoteja.

Pišem ga svojemu dragom suradniku Filemonu, 2našoj sestri Apiji i Arhipu koji je kao i ja borac za Krista, te Crkvi koja se sastaje u tvojemu domu.

3Neka vam je milost i mir od našega Boga Oca i Gospodina Isusa Krista.

Pavlova molitva zahvalnosti

4Uvijek zahvaljujem Bogu kad se molim za tebe, Filemone, 5jer čujem o tvojoj vjeri u Gospodina Isusa i o tvojoj ljubavi prema svima svetima. 6Zbog svoje vjere si velikodušan i njeguješ zajedništvo. Molim se da to urodi spoznanjem svakoga dobra koje valja činiti među vama zaradi Krista. 7Silno si me razveselio i utješio svojom ljubavlju, dragi brate, jer si okrijepio srca svetih.

Pavlova molba za Onezima

8I zato, iako ti u Kristu imam puno pravo zapovjediti što da učiniš, 9zaradi ljubavi te, kakav već jesam, radije molim—ja, Pavao, starac, sada i u zatvoru za Krista Isusa.

10Molim te za Onezima, kojega smatram gotovo sinom jer je postao vjernikom za moje službe ovdje u zatvoru. 11Onezim1:11 “Onezim” znači “koristan”. ti nekoć nije bio od koristi, ali sada je i tebi i meni vrlo koristan. 12Šaljem ti ga natrag, a s njime odlazi i moje srce.

13Htio sam ga zadržati ovdje da mi umjesto tebe služi u okovima koje nosim zbog evanđelja. 14Ali nisam ništa htio učiniti bez tvojega pristanka jer ne želim da to dobročinstvo učiniš prisilno, već dragovoljno. 15Moglo 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.

17Ako dakle mene smatraš drugom, primi ga kao da mene primaš. 18Ako te je u čemu oštetio ili ti je dužan, upiši to meni na račun. 19Ja ću ti platiti—ja, Pavao, za to osobno jamčim svojim potpisom. A ne moram ni spominjati da mi duguješ sebe!

20Dragi brate, učini mi tu uslugu, Gospodinu za ljubav. Okrijepi moje srce u Kristu! 21Pišem ovo posve uvjeren u tvoju poslušnost. Znam da ćeš učiniti i više nego što te molim.

22Molim te, pripravi mi gostinsku sobu jer se nadam da će Bog uslišiti vaše molitve i dati da vam uskoro dođem.

Posljednji pozdravi

23Pozdravljaju te Epafra, koji je zbog Krista Isusa sa mnom u zatvoru, 24te moji suradnici Marko, Aristarh, Dema i Luka.

25Neka je milost našega gospodina Isusa Krista s vašim duhom.

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.