Colossians 4 ESV

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

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    • s 4:1 - Or servants; Greek bondservants

      Further Instructions

      2 1Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it 2with thanksgiving.

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          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--

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              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.

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              6 Let your speech always 8be gracious, 9seasoned with salt, 10so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

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              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.

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                • t 4:7 - Greek fellow bondservant; also verse 12
                  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.

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                  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),

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                  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.

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                      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.

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                      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.

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                      15 Give my greetings to the brothersc at Laodicea, and to Nympha and 25the church in her house.

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                        • u 4:15 - Or brothers and sisters
                          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.

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                          17 And say to 27Archippus, "See that you fulfill 28the ministry that you have received in the Lord."

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                          18 I, Paul, 29write this greeting with my own hand. 30Remember 31my chains. 32Grace be with you.

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