Philemon, The Letter of Paul to

Philemon, The Letter of Paul to

The shortest of Paul’s letters. It makes an appeal to a wealthy man named Philemon on behalf of Onesimus, the slave of Philemon, who has wronged his master in some way, but who has since become dear to Paul.

Outline of Contents

Philemon

I. Letter opening (Phlm 1:1-3)

II. Prayer (Phlm 1:4-7)

III. Appeal concerning Onesimus (Phlm 1:8-22)

A. Return of Onesimus (Phlm 1:8-14)

B. Appeal on Onesimus’s behalf (Phlm 1:15-22)

IV. Letter closing (Phlm 1:23-25)

Phlm 1:1-3

Salutation
1Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,
To Philemon our dear friend and co-worker,2to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow ... View more

Phlm 1:4-7

Philemon's Love and Faith
4When I remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God5because I hear of your love for all the saints and your faith toward the Lor ... View more

Phlm 1:8-22

Paul's Plea for Onesimus
8For this reason, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do your duty,9yet I would rather appeal to you on the basis of lo ... View more

Phlm 1:8-14

Paul's Plea for Onesimus
8For this reason, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do your duty,9yet I would rather appeal to you on the basis of lo ... View more

Phlm 1:15-22

15Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you might have him back forever,16no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a belo ... View more

Phlm 1:23-25

Final Greetings and Benediction
23Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you,24and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow ... View more

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