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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

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Address and Greeting. 1 a 9; Eph 3, 1; 4, 1; Phil 1, 7.13 . *Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon, our beloved and our co‐worker, 2 b Col 4, 17 . *to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church at your house. 3 c Rom 1, 7; Gal 1, 3; Phil 1, 2 . *Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving. 4 d Rom 1, 8–9; Eph 1, 15–16 . *I give thanks to my God always, remembering you in my prayers, 5 *as I hear of the love and the faith you have in the Lord Jesus and for all the holy ones, 6 e Phil 1, 9; Col 1, 9 . *so that your partnership in the faith may become effective in recognizing every good there is in us that leads to Christ.

Plea for Onesimus. 7 f 2 Cor 7, 4 . *For I have experienced much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the holy ones have been refreshed by you, brother. 8 *Therefore, although I have the full right in Christ to order you to do what is proper, 9 g 1; Eph 3, 1; 4, 1; Phil 1, 7.13 . *I rather urge you out of love, being as I am, Paul, an old man, and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus. 10 h 1 Cor 4, 14–15; Gal 4, 19; Col 4, 9 . I urge you on behalf of my child Onesimus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment, 11 *who was once useless to you but is now useful to [both] you and me. 12I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you. 13 i Phil 2, 30 . *I should have liked to retain him for myself, so that he might serve me on your behalf in my imprisonment for the gospel, 14 j 2 Cor 9, 7; 1 Pt 5, 2 . but I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that the good you do might not be forced but voluntary. 15 *Perhaps this is why he was away from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, 16 k 1 Tm 6, 2 . *no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a brother, beloved especially to me, but even more so to you, as a man and in the Lord. 17So if you regard me as a partner, welcome him as you would me. 18 *And if he has done you any injustice or owes you anything, charge it to me. 19 l Gal 6, 11; 2 Thes 3, 17 . I, Paul, write this in my own hand: I will pay. May I not tell you that you owe me your very self. 20Yes, brother, may I profit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.

21With trust in your compliance I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. 22 m Heb 13, 19 . At the same time prepare a guest room for me, for I hope to be granted to you through your prayers.

Final Greetings. 23 n Col 1, 7; 4, 12–13 . *Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you, 24 o Acts 12, 12.15; 13, 13; 15, 37–39; 19, 29; 20, 4; 27, 2; Col 4, 10.14; 2 Tm 4, 10–13 . as well as Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my co‐workers. 25The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

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a: 9; Eph 3, 1; 4, 1; Phil 1, 7.13 .

b: Col 4, 17 .

c: Rom 1, 7; Gal 1, 3; Phil 1, 2 .

d: Rom 1, 8–9; Eph 1, 15–16 .

e: Phil 1, 9; Col 1, 9 .

f: 2 Cor 7, 4 .

g: 1; Eph 3, 1; 4, 1; Phil 1, 7.13 .

h: 1 Cor 4, 14–15; Gal 4, 19; Col 4, 9 .

i: Phil 2, 30 .

j: 2 Cor 9, 7; 1 Pt 5, 2 .

k: 1 Tm 6, 2 .

l: Gal 6, 11; 2 Thes 3, 17 .

m: Heb 13, 19 .

n: Col 1, 7; 4, 12–13 .

o: Acts 12, 12.15; 13, 13; 15, 37–39; 19, 29; 20, 4; 27, 2; Col 4, 10.14; 2 Tm 4, 10–13 .

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