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Philemon

 

1 Παῦλος δέσμιος Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ καὶ Τιμόθεος ὁ ἀδελφὸς Φιλήμονι τῷ ἀγαπητῷ καὶ συνεργῷ ἡμῶν 2 καὶ Ἀπφίᾳ τῇ ἀδελφῇ καὶ Ἀρχίππῳ τῷ συστρατιώτῃ ἡμῶν καὶ τῇ κατ' οἶκόν σου ἐκκλησίᾳ: 3 χάρις ὑμῖν καὶ εἰρήνη ἀπὸ θεοῦ πατρὸς ἡμῶν καὶ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ. 1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy, who is their brother, to the well beloved Philemon, who shares our labours, 2 and to all the church that is in his household, to our dear sister Appia, Archippus, who fights the same battle with ourselves, and the rest; 3 Grace and peace be yours from God, our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Paulus vinctus Christi Jesu, et Timotheus frater, Philemoni dilecto, et adjutori nostro, 2 et Appiæ sorori carissimæ, et Archippo commilitoni nostro, et ecclesiæ, quæ in domo tua est. 3 Gratia vobis, et pax a Deo Patre nostro, et Domino Jesu Christo.
4 Εὐχαριστῶ τῷ θεῷ μου πάντοτε μνείαν σου ποιούμενος ἐπὶ τῶν προσευχῶν μου, 5 ἀκούων σου τὴν ἀγάπην καὶ τὴν πίστιν ἣν ἔχεις πρὸς τὸν κύριον Ἰησοῦν καὶ εἰς πάντας τοὺς ἁγίους, 6 ὅπως ἡ κοινωνία τῆς πίστεώς σου ἐνεργὴς γένηται ἐν ἐπιγνώσει παντὸς ἀγαθοῦ τοῦ ἐν ἡμῖν εἰς Χριστόν: 7 χαρὰν γὰρ πολλὴν ἔσχον καὶ παράκλησιν ἐπὶ τῇ ἀγάπῃ σου, ὅτι τὰ σπλάγχνα τῶν ἁγίων ἀναπέπαυται διὰ σοῦ, ἀδελφέ. 8 διό, πολλὴν ἐν Χριστῷ παρρησίαν ἔχων ἐπιτάσσειν σοι τὸ ἀνῆκον, 9 διὰ τὴν ἀγάπην μᾶλλον παρακαλῶ, τοιοῦτος ὢν ὡς Παῦλος πρεσβύτης, νυνὶ δὲ καὶ δέσμιος Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ, 10 παρακαλῶ σε περὶ τοῦ ἐμοῦ τέκνου, ὃν ἐγέννησα ἐν τοῖς δεσμοῖς, Ὀνήσιμον, 11 τόν ποτέ σοι ἄχρηστον νυνὶ δὲ καὶ σοὶ καὶ ἐμοὶ εὔχρηστον, 12 ὃν ἀνέπεμψά σοι, αὐτόν, τοῦτ' ἔστιν τὰ ἐμὰ σπλάγχνα. 13 ὃν ἐγὼ ἐβουλόμην πρὸς ἐμαυτὸν κατέχειν, ἵνα ὑπὲρ σοῦ μοι διακονῇ ἐν τοῖς δεσμοῖς τοῦ εὐαγγελίου, 14 χωρὶς δὲ τῆς σῆς γνώμης οὐδὲν ἠθέλησα ποιῆσαι, ἵνα μὴ ὡς κατὰ ἀνάγκην τὸ ἀγαθόν σου ᾖ ἀλλὰ κατὰ ἑκούσιον. 15 τάχα γὰρ διὰ τοῦτο ἐχωρίσθη πρὸς ὥραν ἵνα αἰώνιον αὐτὸν ἀπέχῃς, 16 οὐκέτι ὡς δοῦλον ἀλλ' ὑπὲρ δοῦλον, ἀδελφὸν ἀγαπητόν, μάλιστα ἐμοί, πόσῳ δὲ μᾶλλον σοὶ καὶ ἐν σαρκὶ καὶ ἐν κυρίῳ. 17 εἰ οὖν με ἔχεις κοινωνόν, προσλαβοῦ αὐτὸν ὡς ἐμέ. 18 εἰ δέ τι ἠδίκησέν σε ἢ ὀφείλει, τοῦτο ἐμοὶ ἐλλόγα: 19 ἐγὼ Παῦλος ἔγραψα τῇ ἐμῇ χειρί, ἐγὼ ἀποτίσω: ἵνα μὴ λέγω σοι ὅτι καὶ σεαυτόν μοι προσοφείλεις. 20 ναί, ἀδελφέ, ἐγώ σου ὀναίμην ἐν κυρίῳ: ἀνάπαυσόν μου τὰ σπλάγχνα ἐν Χριστῷ. 21 Πεποιθὼς τῇ ὑπακοῇ σου ἔγραψά σοι, εἰδὼς ὅτι καὶ ὑπὲρ ἃ λέγω ποιήσεις. 22 ἅμα δὲ καὶ ἑτοίμαζέ μοι ξενίαν: ἐλπίζω γὰρ ὅτι διὰ τῶν προσευχῶν ὑμῶν χαρισθήσομαι ὑμῖν. 23 Ἀσπάζεταί σε Ἐπαφρᾶς ὁ συναιχμάλωτός μου ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ, 24 Μᾶρκος, Ἀρίσταρχος, Δημᾶς, Λουκᾶς, οἱ συνεργοί μου. 25 Ἡ χάρις τοῦ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ μετὰ τοῦ πνεύματος ὑμῶν. 4 I give thanks to my God at all times, remembering thee in my prayers; 5 such accounts I hear of the love and faith thou shewest towards the Lord Jesus and towards all the saints. 6 May thy generosity in the faith be made known, when all your good actions are recognized in Christ Jesus.[1] 7 It has been a happiness and a comfort to me to hear of thy charity, brother, and of the refreshment thou hast brought to the hearts of the saints. 8 And now, though I might well make bold in Christ to prescribe a duty to thee, 9 I prefer to appeal to this charity of thine. Who is it that writes to thee? Paul, an old man now, and in these days the prisoner, too, of Jesus Christ;[2] 10 and I am appealing to thee on behalf of Onesimus, the child of my imprisonment. 11 He did thee an ill service once; now, both to thee and to myself, he can be serviceable,[3] 12 and I am sending him back to thee; make him welcome, for my heart goes with him. 13 I would sooner have kept him here with me, to attend, as thy deputy, on a prisoner of the gospel, 14 but I would do nothing without thy leave; thy generosity should be exercised freely, not from lack of choice. 15 Perhaps, after all, the very purpose of thy losing him for a time was that thou mightest have him always by thee. 16 Do not think of him any longer as a slave; he is something more than a slave, a well loved brother, to me in a special way; much more, then, to thee, now that both nature and Christ make him thy own. 17 As thou dost value thy fellowship with me, make him welcome as thou wouldst myself; 18 if he has wronged thee, or is in thy debt, make me answerable for it. 19 Here is a message in Paul’s own hand; I will make it good. Not to remind thee that thou owest me a debt already, thy own self. 20 And now, brother, let me claim thy services; give comfort in the Lord to my anxious heart. 21 I write to thee counting on thy obedience, well assured that thou wilt do even more than I ask. 22 Be prepared, meanwhile, to entertain me; I hope, through your prayers, to be restored to you. 23 Greetings to you from Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus; 24 from Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, who share my labours. 25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. 4 Gratias ago Deo meo, semper memoriam tui faciens in orationibus meis, 5 audiens caritatem tuam, et fidem, quam habes in Domino Jesu, et in omnes sanctos: 6 ut communicatio fidei tuæ evidens fiat in agnitione omnis operis boni, quod est in vobis in Christo Jesu. 7 Gaudium enim magnum habui, et consolationem in caritate tua: quia viscera sanctorum requieverunt per te, frater. 8 Propter quod multam fiduciam habens in Christo Jesu imperandi tibi quod ad rem pertinet: 9 propter caritatem magis obsecro, cum sis talis, ut Paulus senex, nunc autem et vinctus Jesu Christi: 10 obsecro te pro meo filio, quem genui in vinculis, Onesimo, 11 qui tibi aliquando inutilis fuit, nunc autem et mihi et tibi utilis, 12 quem remisi tibi. Tu autem illum, ut mea viscera, suscipe: 13 quem ego volueram mecum detinere, ut pro te mihi ministraret in vinculis Evangelii: 14 sine consilio autem tuo nihil volui facere, uti ne velut ex necessitate bonum tuum esset, sed voluntarium. 15 Forsitan enim ideo discessit ad horam a te, ut æternum illum reciperes: 16 jam non ut servum, sed pro servo carissimum fratrem, maxime mihi: quanto autem magis tibi et in carne, et in Domino? 17 Si ergo habes me socium, suscipe illum sicut me: 18 si autem aliquid nocuit tibi, aut debet, hoc mihi imputa. 19 Ego Paulus scripsi mea manu: ego reddam, ut non dicam tibi, quod et teipsum mihi debes: 20 ita, frater. Ego te fruar in Domino: refice viscera mea in Domino. 21 Confidens in obedientia tua scripsi tibi: sciens quoniam et super id, quod dico, facies. 22 Simul autem et para mihi hospitium: nam spero per orationes vestras donari me vobis. 23 Salutat te Epaphras concaptivus meus in Christo Jesu, 24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, et Lucas, adjutores mei. 25 Gratia Domini nostri Jesu Christi cum spiritu vestro. Amen.
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