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Philemon : Paul thanks God because of Philemon

v1 I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am in prison because I am Christ Jesus’s servant. Timothy, who is like our brother, is here with me also.

We are writing this letter to you, Philemon. You are our friend, that we love. And you work on behalf of Christ, as we do. v2 We say ‘hello’ also to you, Apphia, who are like a sister to us. And we say ‘hello’ to you, Archippus. You work like a soldier on behalf of Christ, as we do. We say ‘hello’ also to the group of Christians who meet in your home.

v3 We pray that God, our Father, and the *Lord Jesus Christ will continue to be very kind to you. We pray that they will cause you to be without trouble inside yourselves.

v4 When I pray for you, I thank my God because of you always. v5 I thank God because people tell me good things about you. You love and believe the *Lord Jesus. And you love all God’s people. v6 I pray that you may always be ready to talk to other people about Christ. Talk to them about what you believe. So then you will understand more completely every good thing that is ours because of Christ. v7 My friend, you have been kind to God’s people. You have helped them and you have made them happy. I know that you love Jesus and all God’s people. That makes me very happy. And it makes me feel much braver and stronger.

Verse 6 It is not completely clear what this verse means. It could also mean something like this: ‘Many good things are ours because of Christ. I pray that you will understand all those good things more and more completely. So then you will really be able to help God’s people. You will talk to them about what you believe. And so they will know how great Christ is.’

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