Bible: Philemon 1:10-19

1:10 I am appealing 1  to you concerning my child, whose spiritual father I have become 2  during my imprisonment, 3  that is, Onesimus, 1:11 who was formerly useless to you, but is now useful to you 4  and me. 1:12 I have sent 5  him (who is my very heart) 6  back to you. 1:13 I wanted to keep him so that he could serve me in your place 7  during 8  my imprisonment for the sake of the gospel. 9  1:14 However, 10  without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your good deed would not be out of compulsion, but from your own willingness. 1:15 For perhaps it was for this reason that he was separated from you for a little while, so that you would have him back eternally, 11  1:16 no longer as a slave, 12  but more than a slave, as a dear brother. He is especially so to me, and even more so to you now, both humanly speaking 13  and in the Lord. 1:17 Therefore if you regard me as a partner, accept him as you would me. 1:18 Now if he has defrauded you of anything or owes you anything, charge what he owes 14  to me. 1:19 I, Paul, have written 15  this letter 16  with my own hand: 17  I will repay it. I could also mention that you owe 18  me your very self.
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