1 From Paul, 1 a prisoner of Christ Jesus, 2 and Timothy our 3 brother, to Philemon, our dear friend 4 and colaborer, 2 to Apphia 5 our sister, 6 to Archippus our 7 fellow soldier, and to the church that meets in your house. 3 Grace and peace to you 8 from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
4 I always thank my God 9 as I remember you in my prayers, 10 5 because I hear 11 of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love 12 for all the saints. 13 6 I pray 14 that the faith you share with us may deepen your understanding of every blessing 15 that belongs to you 16 in Christ. 17 7 I 18 have had great joy and encouragement because 19 of your love, for the hearts 20 of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
8 So, although I have quite a lot of confidence in Christ and could command you to do what is proper, 9 I would rather appeal 21 to you on the basis of love – I, Paul, an old man 22 and even now a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus 23 – 10 I am appealing 24 to you concerning my child, whose spiritual father I have become 25 during my imprisonment, 26 that is, Onesimus, 11 who was formerly useless to you, but is now useful to you 27 and me. 12 I have sent 28 him (who is my very heart) 29 back to you. 13 I wanted to keep him so that he could serve me in your place 30 during 31 my imprisonment for the sake of the gospel. 32 14 However, 33 without your consent I did not want to do anything, so that your good deed would not be out of compulsion, but from your own willingness. 15 For perhaps it was for this reason that he was separated from you for a little while, so that you would have him back eternally, 34 16 no longer as a slave, 35 but more than a slave, as a dear brother. He is especially so to me, and even more so to you now, both humanly speaking 36 and in the Lord. 17 Therefore if you regard me as a partner, accept him as you would me. 18 Now if he has defrauded you of anything or owes you anything, charge what he owes 37 to me. 19 I, Paul, have written 38 this letter 39 with my own hand: 40 I will repay it. I could also mention that you owe 41 me your very self. 20 Yes, brother, let me have some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ. 42 21 Since I was confident that you would obey, I wrote to you, because I knew that you would do even more than 43 what I am asking you to do. 22 At the same time also, prepare a place for me to stay, for I hope that through your prayers I will be given back to you.
23 Epaphras, 44 my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you. 24 Mark, Aristarchus, 45 Demas 46 and Luke, my colaborers, greet you too. 25 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be 47 with your spirit. 48
1 After God spoke long ago 1 in various portions 2 and in various ways 3 to our ancestors 4 through the prophets, 2 in these last days he has spoken to us in a son, 5 whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he created the world. 6 3 The Son is 7 the radiance of his glory and the representation of his essence, and he sustains all things by his powerful word, 8 and so when he had accomplished cleansing for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. 9 4 Thus he became 10 so far better than the angels as 11 he has inherited a name superior to theirs.
5 For to which of the angels did God 12 ever say, “You are my son! Today I have fathered you”? 13 And in another place 14 he says, 15 “I will be his father and he will be my son.” 16 6 But when he again brings 17 his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all the angels of God worship him!” 18 7 And he says 19 of the angels, “He makes 20 his angels spirits and his ministers a flame of fire,” 21 8 but of 22 the Son he says, 23
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, 24
and a righteous scepter 25 is the scepter of your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness.
So God, your God, has anointed you over your companions 26 with the oil of rejoicing.” 27
“You founded the earth in the beginning, Lord, 28
and the heavens are the works of your hands.
11 They will perish, but you continue.
And they will all grow old like a garment,
12 and like a robe you will fold them up
and like a garment 29 they will be changed,
but you are the same and your years will never run out.” 30
13 But to which of the angels 31 has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? 32 14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to serve those 33 who will inherit salvation?
2 Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For if the message spoken through angels 1 proved to be so firm that every violation 2 or disobedience received its just penalty, 3 how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was first communicated through the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard him, 4 while God confirmed their witness 3 with signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed 4 according to his will.
5 For he did not put the world to come, 5 about which we are speaking, 6 under the control of angels. 6 Instead someone testified somewhere:
“What is man that you think of him 7 or the son of man that you care for him?
7 You made him lower than the angels for a little while.
You crowned him with glory and honor. 8
8 You put all things under his control.” 9
For when he put all things under his control, he left nothing outside of his control. At present we do not yet see all things under his control, 10 9 but we see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, 11 now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, 12 so that by God’s grace he would experience 13 death on behalf of everyone. 10 For it was fitting for him, for whom and through whom all things exist, 14 in bringing many sons to glory, to make the pioneer 15 of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For indeed he who makes holy and those being made holy all have the same origin, 16 and so 17 he is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, 18 12 saying, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers; 19 in the midst of the assembly I will praise you.” 20 13 Again he says, 21 “I will be confident in him,” and again, “Here I am, 22 with 23 the children God has given me.” 24 14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, he likewise shared in 25 their humanity, 26 so that through death he could destroy 27 the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil), 15 and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death. 16 For surely his concern is not for angels, but he is concerned for Abraham’s descendants. 17 Therefore he had 28 to be made like his brothers and sisters 29 in every respect, so that he could become a merciful and faithful high priest in things relating to God, to make atonement 30 for the sins of the people. 18 For since he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.