Colossians 4 (English Standard Version)

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1 Masters, treat your slavesa justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

Further Instructions

2 1Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it 2with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may 3open to us a door for the word, 4to declare the mystery of Christ, 5on account of which I am in prison-- 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. 5 6Walk in wisdom toward 7outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always 8be gracious, 9seasoned with salt, 10so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Final Greetings

7 Tychicus will tell you 11all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servantb in the Lord. 8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, 9 and with him 12Onesimus, our faithful and 13beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here. 10 14Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark 15the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions--16if he comes to you, welcome him), 11 and Jesus who is called 17Justus. 18These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and 19they have been a comfort to me. 12 20Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always 21struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand 22mature and fully assured in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis. 14 23Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does 24Demas. 15 Give my greetings to the brothersc at Laodicea, and to Nympha and 25the church in her house. 16 And when 26this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea. 17 And say to 27Archippus, "See that you fulfill 28the ministry that you have received in the Lord." 18 I, Paul, 29write this greeting with my own hand. 30Remember 31my chains. 32Grace be with you.
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