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።

New International Reader’s Version

Philemon 1:1-25

1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am a prisoner because of Christ Jesus. Our brother Timothy joins me in writing.

Philemon, we are sending you this letter. You are our dear friend. You work together with us. 2We are also sending it to our sister Apphia and to Archippus. He is a soldier of Christ together with us. And we are sending it to the church that meets in your home.

3May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

Paul Prays and Gives Thanks

4I always thank my God when I remember you in my prayers. 5That’s because I hear about your love for all God’s people. I also hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus. 6I pray that what we share by believing will help you understand even more. Then you will completely understand every good thing we share by believing in Christ. 7Your love has given me great joy. It has encouraged me. My brother, you have renewed the hearts of the Lord’s people.

Paul Makes an Appeal for Onesimus

8Because of the authority Christ has given me, I could be bold. I could order you to do what you should do anyway. 9But we love each other. And I would rather appeal to you on the basis of that love. I, Paul, am an old man. I am now also a prisoner because of Christ Jesus. 10I am an old man, and I’m in prison. This is how I make my appeal to you for my son Onesimus. He became a son to me while I was being held in chains. 11Before that, he was useless to you. But now he has become useful to you and to me.

12I’m sending Onesimus back to you. All my love for him goes with him. 13I’m being held in chains because of the good news. So I would have liked to keep Onesimus with me. And he could take your place in helping me. 14But I didn’t want to do anything unless you agreed. Any favor you do must be done because you want to do it, not because you have to. 15Onesimus was separated from you for a little while. Maybe that was so you could have him back forever. 16You could have him back not as a slave. Instead, he would be better than a slave. He would be a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even more dear to you. He is dear to you not only as another human being. He is also dear to you as a brother in the Lord.

17Do you think of me as a believer who works together with you? Then welcome Onesimus as you would welcome me. 18Has he done anything wrong to you? Does he owe you anything? Then charge it to me. 19I’ll pay it back. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I won’t even mention that you owe me your life. 20My brother, we both belong to the Lord. So I wish I could receive some benefit from you. Renew my heart. We know that Christ is the one who really renews it. 21I’m sure you will obey. So I’m writing to you. I know you will do even more than I ask.

22There is one more thing. Have a guest room ready for me. I hope I can return to all of you in answer to your prayers.

23Epaphras sends you greetings. Together with me, he is a prisoner because of Christ Jesus.

24Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke work together with me. They also send you greetings.

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