1 Masters, grant your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you also have a master in heaven.

Further Advice for the Christian Life

2 Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving,
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      3 praying at the same time for us also, that God may open for us a door of the message, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which also {I am a prisoner},
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        • a 4:3 - Literally "I have been bound"
          4 so that I may reveal it, as it is necessary for me to speak.
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            • b 4:4 - Or "may make it clear"
              5 Live with wisdom toward those outside, making the most of the time.
              6 Let your speech always [be] with grace, seasoned with salt, so that [you] may know how it is necessary for you to answer each one.

              Exhortations Regarding Fellow Workers

              7 Tychicus, my dear brother and faithful servant and fellow slave in the Lord, will make known to you all {my circumstances},
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                • c 4:7 - Literally "the things according to me"
                  8 whom I have sent to you for this very [reason], in order that you may know {our circumstances} and he may encourage your hearts,
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                    • d 4:8 - Literally "the things concerning us"
                      9 together with Onesimus, my faithful and dear brother, who is [one] of you. They will make known to you all {the circumstances} here.
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                        • e 4:9 - Literally "the things"
                          10 Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, greets you, and Mark, the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions--if he should come to you, welcome him),
                          11 and Jesus who is called Justus. These [are] the only ones who are fellow workers for the kingdom of God from the circumcision, who have been a comfort to me.
                          12 Epaphras, who is [one] of you, greets you, a slave of Christ always struggling on behalf of you in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.
                          References for Colossians 4:12
                            • f 4:12 - Some manuscripts have "of Christ Jesus"
                            • g 4:12 - Or "and filled"
                              13 For I testify to him that {he is working hard} on behalf of you and those in Laodicea and those in Hierapolis.
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                                • h 4:13 - Literally "he has much labor"
                                  14 Luke the physician, our dear friend, greets you, [as does] Demas.
                                  15 Greet the brothers in Laodicea, and Nympha and the church in her house.
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                                    • i 4:15 - Some manuscripts, including the majority of Byzantine minuscules, read the masculine form of the pronoun here ("his"), understanding the form of the name "Nympha" earlier in the verse to be masculine
                                      16 And whenever this letter is read among you, {see to it} that it is read also among the Laodicean church, and that you also read the [letter] from Laodicea.
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                                        • j 4:16 - Literally "cause"
                                          17 And tell Archippus, "Direct your attention to the ministry that you received in the Lord, in order that you may complete it."

                                          Final Greeting and Benediction

                                          18 The greeting [is] by my hand, Paul's. Remember my {imprisonment}. Grace [be] with you.
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                                            • k 4:18 - Literally "bonds"