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.
11 Afil 2:25; Aef 3:1Nĩ niĩ Paũlũ, njohetwo nĩ ũndũ wa Kristũ Jesũ, na Timotheo mũrũ wa Ithe witũ,
Tũratũma marũa maya kũrĩ Filemona mũrata witũ ũrĩa twendete na mũruti wĩra hamwe na ithuĩ, 22 Akol 4:17; Afil 2:25; Arom 16:5na kũrĩ mwarĩ wa Ithe witũ Apufia, o na kũrĩ Arikipo, ũrĩa ũrũagĩrĩra Ũhoro wa Ngai hamwe na ithuĩ, o na kũrĩ kanitha ũrĩa ũcemanagia gwaku mũciĩ.
3Mũrogĩa na wega na thayũ kuuma kũrĩ Ngai Ithe witũ, na kuuma kũrĩ Mwathani Jesũ Kristũ.
Gũcookia Ngaatho hamwe na Kũhooya
4Atĩrĩrĩ, rĩrĩa ngũkũririkana mahooya-inĩ makwa-rĩ, nĩnjookagĩria Ngai wakwa ngaatho hĩndĩ ciothe, 55 Atũm 20:21; Akol 1:4tondũ nĩnjiguaga ũhoro wa wĩtĩkio waku thĩinĩ wa Mwathani Jesũ, na ũrĩa wendete andũ arĩa othe aamũre. 6Nĩhooyaga atĩ ũgĩe na kĩyo rĩrĩa ũkũgwatanĩra nao ũhoro wa wĩtĩkio waku, nĩgeetha magĩe na ũmenyo wa maũndũ mothe mega marĩa tũrĩ namo thĩinĩ wa Kristũ. 77 2Akor 7:4, 13Wendani waku nĩũheete gĩkeno kĩnene mũno na ũkanyũmĩrĩria, nĩ tondũ wee, mũrũ wa Ithe witũ, nĩũcanjamũrĩte ngoro cia andũ arĩa aamũre.
Paũlũ Gũthaithanĩrĩra Onesimo
8Nĩ ũndũ wa ũguo-rĩ, o na gũtuĩka no ngwathe ndĩ thĩinĩ wa Jesũ Kristũ, atĩ wĩke ũrĩa wagĩrĩire-rĩ, 99 Aef 3:1nĩ kaba ngũthaithe ũwĩke nĩ ũndũ wa wendo. Nĩ ũndũ ũcio-rĩ, niĩ Paũlũ o na ndĩ mũthuuri mũkũrũ, na ningĩ ndĩ muohe nĩ ũndũ wa Kristũ Jesũ-rĩ, 1010 1Akor 4:9ngũgĩgũthaitha nĩ ũndũ wa mũrũ wakwa Onesimo, ũrĩa watuĩkire mũrũ wakwa ndĩ gũkũ kĩoho-inĩ. 11Mbere ĩyo ndaarĩ kĩene kũrĩwe, no rĩu nĩatuĩkĩte mũndũ wa bata harĩwe o na harĩ niĩ.
12Nake nĩngũmũcookia kũrĩwe, na ngĩmũtũma no taarĩ ngoro yakwa mwene ndĩragũtũmĩra. 1313 Atũm 21:33Nĩingĩrendire gũikara nake, nĩgeetha andeithagie handũ-inĩ haku, rĩu njohetwo nĩ ũndũ wa Ũhoro-ũrĩa-Mwega. 1414 2Akor 9:7No ndiendire gwĩka ũndũ o na ũrĩkũ wee ũtetĩkĩrĩte, nĩgeetha ũndũ o wothe mwega wee ũngĩka ũkorwo ũrĩ wa kwĩyendera no ti wa kũringĩrĩrio. 15No gũkorwo gĩtũmi gĩa akweherere kahinda kanini-rĩ, nĩgeetha agũcookerera mũtũũranie nake nginya tene, 1616 Math 23:8; 1Tim 6:2no ndagacooke arĩ o ngombo, no akorwo akĩrĩte ngombo, acooke arĩ mũrũ wa Ithe witũ mwende mũno. Nĩ wa bata mũno harĩ niĩ, no harĩwe nĩ wa bata makĩria, arĩ ta mũndũ o na ta mũrũ wa Ithe witũ thĩinĩ wa Mwathani.
1717 2Akor 8:23Nĩ ũndũ ũcio angĩkorwo nĩũtuaga tũrĩ rũmwe nawe-rĩ, mwamũkĩre o ta ũrĩa ũngĩnyamũkĩra niĩ mwene. 1818 Kĩam 43:9Nake angĩkorwo nĩagwĩkĩte ũũru o na ũrĩkũ, kana hihi arĩ na thiirĩ waku-rĩ, andĩka atĩ thiirĩ ũcio nĩ wakwa. 19Nĩ niĩ Paũlũ ndĩrakwandĩkĩra na guoko gwakwa mwene. Nĩngakũrĩha thiirĩ ũcio, o na gũtuĩka ndikwenda kũgweta atĩ o na wee mwene ũrĩ thiirĩ wakwa. 2020 1Akor 16:18Atĩrĩrĩ, mũrũ wa Ithe witũ, niĩ ingĩenda ngĩe na uumithio uumĩte kũrĩwe thĩinĩ wa Mwathani; canjamũra ngoro yakwa thĩinĩ wa Kristũ. 2121 2Akor 2:3Ndakwandĩkĩra marũa maya ndĩhokete atĩ ndũngĩaga kũnjathĩkĩra, na ngĩmenyaga atĩ nĩũgwĩka o na makĩria ya ũrĩa ngũrĩĩtie wĩke.
2222 2Akor 1:11Hamwe na ũguo-rĩ, thondekera handũ ha gũikara, tondũ ndĩ na mwĩhoko atĩ nĩndĩtĩkĩrio njũke kũrĩ inyuĩ nĩ ũndũ wa mahooya marĩa mũhooyagĩra.
2323 Akol 1:7Epafara, ũrĩa tuohetwo nake nĩ ũndũ wa Kristũ Jesũ, nĩakũgeithia. 2424 Atũm 12:12; Akol 4:14O na Mariko, na Arisitariko, na Dema, na Luka, arĩa tũrutithanagia wĩra nao, nĩmakũgeithia. 2525 Agal 6:18Wega wa Mwathani witũ Jesũ Kristũ ũrogĩa na roho waku.