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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.


  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.

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.