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St. Paul the Apostle:
THE EPISTLE TO PHILEMON
King James Version.
Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother,
Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,
And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier,
to the church in thy house:
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord
I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my
Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the
Jesus, and toward all saints;
That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by
acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because
bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin
that which is convenient,
Yet for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one
Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.
I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in
Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now
to thee and to me:
Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that
mine own bowels:
Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he
have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:
But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit
not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that
shouldest receive him for ever;
Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother
specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and
in the Lord?
If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as
If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on
I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay
albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self
Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh
bowels in the Lord.
Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee,
that thou wilt also do more than I say.
But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that
your prayers I shall be given unto you.
There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ
Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Orthodox Library, Great and Holy Friday, 2008.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon Thy servants
the scribe John, the priest Peter,
and the parishioners of the temple of Saint Andrew in Lubbock.
THE END, AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY!