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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.

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