Because I know that you love God's people, I request, rather than command you, to do what you ought to do for my spiritual son Onesimus.
I am sending Onesimus back to you. He is as dear to me as my own self, and he will now be even dearer to you than he is to me.
If you consider me to be your partner, receive Onesimus as you would receive me. I guarantee to repay you whatever Onesimus owes you.