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To A Co-Laborer In Yisrael
1 Shaul, a prisoner of YAHUSHA Ha Moshiach and Timtheous our Yisraelite brother, to Phileymon our dearly beloved and fellow laborer,
2 And to our beloved Apphyah and Archippus our fellow soldier and to the kehilla in your bayit:
3 Chen to you and shalom, from YHUH our Abba and The Master YAHUSHA Ha Moshiach.
4 I give hodu to my Ahloha, making mention of you always in my tefillot,
5 Hearing of your ahava and emunah, that you have toward The Master YAHUSHA and towards all the Yisraelite kidushim;
6 That the sharing of your emunah may work itself out by the acknowledging of every tov thing that is in you in Moshiach YAHUSHA.
7 For we have great simcha and consolation in your ahava because the affections of the Yisraelite kidushim are refreshed by you, brother.
8 Therefore, though I might have much boldness in The Moshiach to command you to do what is fitting,
9 Yet for ahava’s sake I rather appeal to you, now being Shaul the aged and now also a prisoner of YAHUSHA Ha Moshiach.
10 I beg you for my ben emunah Onesimus, whom I have brought to emunah in my imprisonment:
11 Who in times past was to you unprofitable, but now he is profitable to you and to me:
12 Whom I have sent again: therefore receive him, that is, my own desire:
13 Whom I would have retained with me, so that in your place he has served me in the chains of The Besorah:
14 But without your feedback I did nothing; so that your mitzvah should not be as it were from necessity, but willingly.
15 For perhaps he therefore departed from you for a while, that you should receive him back le-olam-va-ed;
16 Not now as an eved, but above an eved, a beloved Yisraelite brother, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in The Master?
17 If you count me as your partner, receive him as you would me.
18 If he has wronged you, or owes you anything, put that on my account;
19 I Shaul have written this with my own hand, I will repay it: not to mention how you owe me indeed even your own chayim.
20 Yes, my Yisraelite brother, let me have simcha over you in YHUH: refresh my tender affections in YHUH.
21 Having confidence in your obedience I wrote to you, knowing that you will also do even more than I say.
22 At the same time prepare for me also a place to stay: for I trust that through your tefillot I shall be brought back to you.
23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Moshiach YAHUSHA greets you;
24 And also Moshe-Marcus, Aristarchos, Demas, Luka, my fellow laborers.
25 The chen of our Master YAHUSHA Ha Moshiach be with your ruach. Ahmein. X
2 Renewed Covenant Yisraelites often met at home.
16The Torah principle that a Hebrew must not own a Hebrew servant.
16 This runaway slave had gotten saved while Paul was in prison in Rome. He appeals to Philemon as a Yisraelite, asking him to allow Onesimos the slave to remain free in service to Messiah and not to return to physical slavery. Here one Yisraelite appeals to another to remove slavery, since Yisraelites were sensitive to the plight of slaves, having been slaves in Egypt.