Colossians 4 (New American Standard)

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Fellow Workers

1 Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, 1knowing that you too have a Master in heaven. 2 2Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; 3 praying at the same time 3for us as well, that God will open up to us a 4door for 5the word, so that we may speak forth 6the mystery of Christ, for which I have also 7been imprisoned; 4 that I may make it clear 8in the way I ought to speak. 5 a9Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward 10outsiders , b11making the most of the opportunity. 6 12Let your speech always be cwith grace, as though seasoned with 13salt, so that you will know how you should 14respond to each person. 7 15As to all my affairs, 16Tychicus, our 17beloved brother and faithful servant and fellow bond-servant in the Lord, will bring you information. 8 18For I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know about our circumstances and that he may 19encourage your hearts; 9 dand with him 20Onesimus, our faithful and 21beloved brother, 22who is one of your number. They will inform you about the whole situation here. 10 23Aristarchus, my 24fellow prisoner, sends you his greetings; and also 25Barnabas's cousin Mark (about whom you received einstructions; 26if he comes to you, welcome him); 11 and also Jesus who is called Justus; these are the only 27fellow workers for the kingdom of God 28who are from the circumcision, and they have proved to be an encouragement to me. 12 29Epaphras, 30who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always 31laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may fstand g32perfect and hfully assured in all the will of God. 13 For I testify for him that he has ia deep concern for you and for those who are in 33Laodicea and Hierapolis. 14 34Luke, the beloved physician, sends you his greetings, and also 35Demas. 15 Greet the brethren who are in 36Laodicea and also jNympha and 37the church that is in kher house. 16 38When lthis letter is read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and you, for your part 39read mmy letter that is coming from 40Laodicea. 17 Say to 41Archippus, "Take heed to the 42ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may nfulfill it." 18 oI, Paul, 43write this greeting with my own hand. 44Remember my p45imprisonment. 46Grace be with you.
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