In moving to discuss the destruction of social constructions in Philemon, I wanted to share with you my translation of this short letter. Feel free to destroy if necessary:
(1) Paul, a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus, and Timothy the brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved and fellow-worker,
(2) And to our beloved Apphia and Archippus, our fellow-soldier, and to the church in your house:
(3) Grace to you, and peace, from God, our Father and Lord, Jesus Christ.
(4) I give thanks to my God always, making remembrance of you in my prayers
(5) Hearing of your love towards the saints and of your faith which you have in the Lord Jesus.
(6) I pray that the communion of your faith will work good things when you understand your full capacity for good in the cause of Christ Jesus.
(7) For we have great joy and comfort from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
(8) For this reason, I have all freedom in the name of Christ to command you to do that which is proper,
(9) Yet, on account of love, I prefer to appeal to you, being such a one as Paul, the old man, and now also a prisoner for the sake of Jesus Christ.
(10) I appeal to you concerning my son, Onesimus, whom I have converted, even in this prison,
(11) Who at one time to you was useless, but now is truly useful to you and to me, whom I am sending back.
(12) You, therefore, welcome him – he carries my compassion
(13) I might have kept him here, as you were not here, that he might have ministered to me in the gospel’s chains,
(14) But I did not want to do this without your consent, that your good deed would instead be voluntary and not forced.
(15) For it is possible that this was why he separated from you for a time — that you should have him back forever,
(16) Not as a slave any longer, but someone more than a slave — a brother beloved, especially to me, but so much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord!
(17) If, then, you hold me as a partner, welcome him as you would me.
(18) If he has wronged you, or if he owes you something, put it on my account;
(19) I, Paul, am writing it with my own hand. I will repay it and not mention that you owe even yourself to me!
(20) Brother, let me rejoice with you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the name of the Lord.
(21) Having been confident of your obedience, I write you, knowing that you will exceed even my request.
(22) But, at the same time, prepare me a lodging, for I hope that through your prayers, I will be able to come to you.
(23) Epaphras (my fellow-prisoner for Christ Jesus) greets you.
(24) As do Mark, Aristarchus, Demes, and Luke, my fellow-workers.
(25) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.