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Book 57: Philemon is a short but impactful piece of literature found in the New Testament of the Bible. Written by the apostle Paul, this letter is a masterful display of persuasive writing and relational dynamics.

The central theme of Philemon is forgiveness and reconciliation. Paul writes a plea to Philemon, a wealthy Christian in Colossae, on behalf of Onesimus, a runaway slave who had become a Christian under Paul's ministry. Paul urges Philemon to welcome Onesimus back not as a slave, but as a brother in Christ.

Throughout the letter, Paul demonstrates his skillful use of language and diplomacy as he navigates a delicate situation. His appeal to Philemon is both heartfelt and strategic, appealing to their shared faith and the principles of Christian brotherhood.

Philemon is a powerful reminder of the transformative power of forgiveness and reconciliation. It challenges readers to extend grace and compassion to those who have wronged us, and to strive for unity and understanding in our relationships.

Overall, Book 57: Philemon is a thought-provoking and inspirational read that offers valuable insights on forgiveness, reconciliation, and the power of Christian love.

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This eBook was produced by David Widger [] with the help of Derek Andrew's text from January 1992 and the work of Bryan Taylor in November 2002.

Book 57 Philemon

57:001:001 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,

57:001:002 And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:

57:001:003 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

57:001:004 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,

57:001:005 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;

57:001:006 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

57:001:007 For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.

57:001:008 Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,

57:001:009 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.

57:001:010 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:

57:001:011 Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:

57:001:012 Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:

57:001:013 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:

57:001:014 But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly... Continue reading book >>

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