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Philemon 1:8-9

Paul’s Request for Onesimus

1:8 So, although I have quite a lot of confidence in Christ and could command you to do what is proper, 1:9 I would rather appeal 1  to you on the basis of love – I, Paul, an old man 2  and even now a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus 3 

1 tn Or “encourage.”

2 tn Or perhaps “an ambassador” (so RSV, TEV), reading πρεσβευτής for πρεσβύτης (a conjecture proposed by Bentley, cf. BDAG 863 s.v. πρεσβύτης). NRSV reads “old man” and places “ambassador” in a note.

3 tn Grk “a prisoner of Christ Jesus.”

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