Paul’s Epistle to

Chapter One
  1. PAUL, a prisoner of ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩, and Timothy our brother, un­to Phi-le′-mon our dear­ly be­loved, and fellowlabourer,
  2. And to our be­loved Ap′-phi-a, and Ar-chip′-pus our fellow­soldier, and to the church in thy house:
  3. Grace to you, and peace, from ⟨God⟩ our Father and the ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩.
  4. I thank my ⟨God⟩, mak­ing men­tion of thee al­ways in my prayers,
  5. Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast to­ward the ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩, and to­ward all saints;
  6. That the communication of thy faith may become effec­tual by the ac­knowl­edg­ing of every good thing which is in you in ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩.
  7. For we have great joy and con­so­la­tion in thy love, be­cause the bow­els of the saints are re­freshed by thee, brother.
  8. Wherefore, though I might be much bold in ⟨Christ⟩ to en­join thee that which is convenient,
  9. Yet for love’s sake I rather be­seech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a pris­on­er of ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩.
  10. I beseech thee for my son O-nes′-i-mus, whom I have be­got­ten in my bonds:
  11. Which in time past was to thee un­prof­it­able, but now prof­it­able to thee and to me: []
  1. Whom I have sent again: thou there­fore re­ceive him, that is, mine own bowels:
  2. Whom I would have re­tained with me, that in thy stead he might have min­is­tered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:
  3. But without thy mind would I do noth­ing; that thy ben­e­fit should not be as it were of ne­ces­sity, but willingly.
  4. For perhaps he there­fore de­part­ed for a sea­son, that thou should­est re­ceive him for ever;
  5. Not now as a servant, but above a ser­vant, a broth­er be­loved, spe­cially to me, but how much more un­to thee, both in the flesh, and in the ⟨Lord⟩?
  6. If thou count me there­fore a part­ner, re­ceive him as myself.
  7. If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;
  8. I Paul have writ­ten it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou ow­est unto me even thine own self besides.
  9. Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the ⟨Lord⟩: re­fresh my bow­els in the ⟨Lord⟩.
  10. Having confidence in thy obe­di­ence I wrote unto thee, know­ing that thou wilt also do more than I say.
  11. But withal prepare me also a lodg­ing: for I trust that through your pray­ers I shall be given unto you.
  12. There salute thee Ep′-a-phras, my fellow­prisoner in ⟨Christ⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩;
  13. Marcus, Ar-is-tar′-chus, De′-mas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.
  14. The grace of our ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨Jesus⟩ ⟨Christ⟩ be with your spirit. A-men′.
Line upon line, precept upon precept”…
for knowledge shall cease and wisdom fail,
but understanding remains (if gained from the former).