The Complete Bible: An American Translation

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THE LETTER TO PHILEMON

PAUL, a prisoner for Jesus Christ,1 and brother Timothy, to our dear fellow-worker Philemon, and our sister Apphia, and our2 fellow-soldier Archippus, and the church that meets in your house; God our3 Fatherand the Lord Jesus Christ bless you and give you peace.

I never mention you in my prayers4 without thanking my God for what I5 hear of the love and faith you have in the Lord Jesus and all his people, and I6 pray that through coming to know every good thing about us as Christians they may effectually share your faith. I have been greatly pleased and en-7 couraged over your love, for the hearts of God's people have been cheered, my brother, by you.

So although as a Christian I feel8 quite free to order you to do what ought to be done, I prefer to appeal to you in9 the name of love, simply as what I am -- Paul, no less an envoy of Christ Jesus, though now a prisoner for him. I appeal to you for my child Onesimus,10 whose father I have become here in prison. Once you found him useless,11 but now he has become useful to you and to me, and now that I send him12 back to you, it is like sending my very heart. I would have liked to keep him13 with me, to wait on me in your place while I am in prison for the good news, but I do not wish to do anything with­ 14 out your consent, so that your kindness might be voluntary, and not have the appearance of compulsion. For perhaps 15 this is why you and he were parted for a while, that you might have him back forever, not as a slave any longer but 16 more than a slave, a dear brother -- dear especially to me, but how much dearer to you, both as a man and as a Christian! So if you regard me as a comrade, ,17welcome him as you would me. And if 18 he has caused you any loss or owes you anything, charge it to my account. I, 19 Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it -- not to mention the fact that you owe me your very self besides. Come, brother, let me make something 20 out of you, in a Christian sense! Cheer my heart as a Christian.

I write you in full reliance upon your 21 obedience; I know that you will do even more than I ask. And get ready to en­ 22 tertain me too, for I hope that I shall be restored to you, in answer to your prayers.

Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner for 23 Christ Jesus, wishes to be remembered to you, and so do my fellow-workers, Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke. 24The blessing of the Lord Jesus Christ25 be with your spirits.

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The Complete Bible: An American Translation
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • The Old Testament - An American Translation xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Publisher's Note xvi
  • Part I - The Pentateuch *
  • The Book of Genesis 1
  • The Book of Exodus 51
  • The Book of Leviticus 90
  • The Book of Numbers 118
  • The Book of Deuteronomy 158
  • Part II - The Historical Books 193
  • The Book of Joshua 195
  • The Book of Judges 218
  • The Book of Ruth 243
  • The First Book of Samuel 247
  • The Second Book of Samuel 281
  • The First Book of Kings 310
  • The Second Book of Kings 342
  • The First Book of Chronicles 373
  • The Second Book of Chronicles 400
  • The Book of Ezra 434
  • The Book of Nehemiah 444
  • The Book of Esther 458
  • Part III - The Poetical Books 467
  • The Book of Job 469
  • The Psalms 500
  • The Book of Proverbs 581
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes 611
  • The Song of Songs 619
  • Part IV - The Books of the Prophets 625
  • The Book of Isaiah 627
  • The Book of Jeremiah 690
  • The Book of Lamentations 753
  • The Book of Ezekiel 761
  • The Book of Daniel 810
  • The Book of Hosea 826
  • The Book of Joel 836
  • The Book of Amos 840
  • The Book of Obadiah 848
  • The Book of Jonah 850
  • The Book of Micah 852
  • The Book of Nahum 858
  • The Book of Habakkuk 861
  • The Book of Zephaniah 864
  • The Book of Haggai 868
  • The Book of Zechariah 870
  • The Book of Malachi 880
  • The Apocrypha - An American Translation i
  • Preface ii
  • The First Book of Esdras 1
  • The Second Book of Esdras 16
  • The Book of Tobit 45
  • The Book of Judith 55
  • The Additions to the Book of Esther 69
  • The Wisdom of Solomon 73
  • The Wisdom of Sirach 91
  • The Book of Baruch 137
  • The Story of Susanna 144
  • The Song of the Three Children 147
  • The Story of Bel and the Dragon 150
  • The Prayer of Manasseh 152
  • The First Book of Maccabees 153
  • The Second Book of Maccabees 182
  • The New Testament - An American Translation i
  • Preface iii
  • The Gospel According to Matthew 1
  • The Gospel According to Mark 32
  • The Gospel According to Luke 52
  • The Gospel According to John 85
  • The Acts of the Apostles 111
  • The Letter to the Romans 142
  • The First Letter to the Corinthians 155
  • The Second Letter to the Corinthians 168
  • The Letter to the Galatians 176
  • The Letter to the Ephesians 181
  • The Letter to the Philippians 185
  • Letter to the Colossians 188
  • The First Letter to the Thessalonians 191
  • The Second Letter to the Thessalonians 194
  • The First Letter to Timothy 196
  • The Second Letter to Timothy 200
  • The Letter to Titus 203
  • The Letter to Philemon 205
  • The Letter to the Hebrews 206
  • The Letter of James 216
  • The First Letter of Peter 219
  • The Second Letter of Peter 223
  • The First Letter of John 226
  • The Second Letter of John 230
  • The Third Letter of John 231
  • The Letter of Jude 232
  • The Revelation of John 233
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