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(1) PAUL, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy 1our 2) brother, to Philemon our beloved and fellow-worker, "and to Apphia our sister, and to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the church in thy house: "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.



I thank my God always, making mention of thee in 5 my prayers, "hearing of thy love, and of the faith which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all the (6 saints; "that the fellowship of thy faith may become

effectual, in the knowledge of every good thing which 7 is in you, unto Christ. "For I had much joy and comfort in thy love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through thee, brother.



Wherefore, though I have all boldness in Christ to en(9)join thee that which is befitting, "yet for love's sake I rather beseech, being such a one as Paul 5 the aged, and 10) now a prisoner also of Christ Jesus: "I beseech thee for my child, whom I have begotten in my bonds, Onesimus, 11) "who was aforetime unprofitable to thee, but now is profit(12 able to thee and to me: "whom I have sent back to thee in his own person, that is, my very heart: "whom I would fain have kept with me, that in thy behalf he might min(14) ister unto me in the bonds of the gospel: "but without thy mind I would do nothing; that thy goodness should 1 Gr. the brother. 2 Gr. the sister. 3 Or, thy love and faith * Many ancient authorities read us. 5 Or, an ambassador, and now &c. 6 The Greek word means Helpful.


A. V.- -I unto..

.(dearly)..fellowlabourer; 2 | beloved |; 6 in.. [Jesus]; 7 we have | great.. consolation.. bowels.. are.. by; 8 might be much bold.. convenient; 9 (thee); 10 son; II Which in time past; 12 again: | thou | [therefore receive] him.. mine own bowels; 13 retained..stead.. have ministered; 14 benefit.

15 not be as of necessity, but of free will.

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he was therefore parted from thee for a season, that 16 thou shouldest have him for ever; "no longer as a 1servant, but more than a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much rather to thee, both in the 17 flesh and in the Lord. "If then thou countest me a part18 ner, receive him as myself. "But if he hath wronged thee at all, or oweth thee aught, put that to mine account; "I Paul write it with mine own hand, I will repay it that I say not unto thee how that thou owest to me even thine (20 own self besides. "Yea, brother, let me have 2 joy of thee 21 in the Lord refresh my heart in Christ. "Having confidence in thine obedience I write unto thee, knowing that 22 thou wilt do even beyond what I say. "But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I hope that through your prayers I shall be granted unto you.





Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus, saluteth thee; and so do Mark, "Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow-workers.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. 4

1 Gr. bondservant. 2 Or, help

ancient authorities omit Amen.

3 Some ancient authorities read the.

4 Many

A. V. (it were).. willingly; 15 departed..receive; 16 Not now.. above.. more unto; 17 count..therefore; 18 | on; 19 have written.. albeit..(do).. to..unto; 20 bowels.. (the) | Lord; 21 thy.. wrote..also.. more than ; 22 trust. .given; 23 (There) | salute; 24 Marcus..Lucas. . fellowlabourers.

[Written from Rome to Philemon, by Onesimus a servant.]



1(1) GOD, having of old time spoken unto the fathers in the prophets by divers portions and in divers manners, (2 "hath at the end of these days spoken unto us in his

Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom (3 also he made the 2 worlds; "who being the effulgence of his

glory, and the very image of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had made purification of sins, sat down on the right hand of 4 the Majesty on high; "having become by so much better than the angels, as he hath inherited a more excellent 5 name than they. "For unto which of the angels said he at any time,


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I will be to him a Father,

And he shall be to me a Son?

14 And when he again bringeth in the firstborn into the world he saith, And let all the angels of God worship 7 him. "And of the angels he saith,

Who maketh his angels "winds,

And his ministers a flame of fire:

(8 "but of the Son he saith,

Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever;

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A.V.-CH. I. I (who) at sundry times. . spake; 2 in.. | last |; 3

person.. [by himself] purged [our] ; 4 Being

inheritance obtained; 6 first-begotten; 7 || spirits ||; 8 unto.


And the sceptre of uprightness is the sceptre of 1thy

"Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity;
Therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee
With the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

10 "And,





Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth,

And the heavens are the works of thy hands:
"They shall perish; but thou continuest :

And they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
"And as a mantle shalt thou roll them up,
As a garment, and they shall be changed:
But thou art the same,

And thy years shall not fail.

"But of which of the angels hath he said at any time,
Sit thou on my right hand,

Till I make thine enemies the footstool of thy

"Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to do service for the sake of them that shall inherit salvation? Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things that were heard, lest haply we drift away from 2 them. "For if the word spoken through angels proved

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stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience re(3 ceived a just recompense of reward; "how shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation? which having at the first been spoken through the Lord, was confirmed unto 4) us by them that heard; "God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders, and by manifold powers, and by gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will.



1 The two oldest Greek manuscripts read his. 2 Gr. distributions. 3 Or, Holy Spirit and so throughout this book.

A. V.—(a).. righteousness; 9 (even); 10 thine; II remainest; 12 vesture..fold; 13 to ..until; 14 minister.. heirs of.- -CH. II. I which we any time.. should let..slip; 2 by.. was; 3 began to; 4 with. . with divers miracles.




For not unto angels did he subject 'the world to come, whereof we speak. "But one hath somewhere testified, saying,

What is man, that thou art mindful of him?

Or the son of man, that thou visitest him?


"Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; Thou crownedst him with glory and honour,

And didst set him over the works of thy hands: "Thou didst put all things in subjection under his


For in that he subjected all things unto him, he left nothing that is not subject to him. 9) all things subjected to him.


But now we see not yet "But we behold him who

hath been made a little lower than the angels, even Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honour, that by the grace of God he should taste death 10 for every man. "For it became him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the author of their salvation perfect through sufferings. "For both he that sanctifieth and they that are sanctified are all of one : for which 12 cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, "saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren,




In the midst of the congregation will I sing thy praise.

13 "And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Be"Since 14 hold, I and the children which God hath given me. then the children are sharers in "flesh and blood, he also himself in like manner partook of the same; that through death he might bring to nought him that had the power 15 of death, that is, the devil; " and 10 might deliver all them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject


1 Gr. the inhabited earth.
omit And didst . . . hands.
church 1 Gr. blood and flesh.

2 Or, for a little while lower


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Many authorities 5 Or, captain 0 Or may

6 Or,

A. V.-5 (the).. hath.. put in subjection; 6 in a certain place; 8 hast.. subjection under..put under..put under ; 9 see.. was..for; 10 by.. captain ||; II who ; 12 | church .. unto thee; 14 Forasmuch.. as..partakers of.. likewise took part.. destroy.

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