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Philemon

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

To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker— also to Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier—and to the church that meets in your home:

Grace and peace to you[a] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. I 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. Your 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

Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet 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— 10 that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus,[b] who became my son while I was in chains. 11 Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.

12 I am sending him—who is my very heart—back to you. 13 I 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. 14 But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary. 15 Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back forever— 16 no 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.

17 So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18 If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19 I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back—not to mention that you owe me your very self. 20 I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. 21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.

22 And one thing more: Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers.

23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. 24 And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers.

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

Footnotes

  1. Philemon 1:3 The Greek is plural; also in verses 22 and 25; elsewhere in this letter “you” is singular.
  2. Philemon 1:10 Onesimus means useful.

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.

Footnotes

  1. Poslanica Filemonu 1:11 'Onezim' znači 'koristan'.