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Posts tagged July 17 | 2019
Unprofitable People

Philemon 1:8-22  (8) Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,  (9)  Yet for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.  (10)  I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:  (11)  Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:  (12)  Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:  (13)  Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:  (14)  But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.  (15)  For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;  (16)  Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?  (17)  If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.  (18)  If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;  (19)  I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.  (20)  Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.  (21)  Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.  (22)  But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.