Fellow Workers

1 Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, 1knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.

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2 2Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;

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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;

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4 that I may make it clear 8in the way I ought to speak.

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5 9Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward 10outsiders *, 11making the most of the opportunity.

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    • a 4:5 - Lit "Walk"
    • b 4:5 - Lit "redeeming the time"
      6 12Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with 13salt, so that you will know how you should 14respond to each person.

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      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;

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      9 and with him 20Onesimus, our faithful and 21beloved brother, 22who is one of your number. They will inform you about the whole situation here.

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        • d 4:9 - Lit "along with Onesimus"
          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.

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          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 stand 32perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.

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            • f 4:12 - Or "stand firm"
            • g 4:12 - Or "complete" or "mature"
            • h 4:12 - Or "made complete"
              13 For I testify for him that he has a deep concern for you and for those who are in 33Laodicea and Hierapolis.

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                • i 4:13 - Or "much toil" or "great pain"
                  14 34Luke, the beloved physician, sends you his greetings, and also 35Demas.

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                  15 Greet the brethren who are in 36Laodicea and also Nympha and 37the church that is in her house.

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                    • j 4:15 - Or "Nymphas" (masc)
                    • k 4:15 - One early ms reads "their"
                      16 38When this letter is read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and you, for your part 39read my 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 fulfill it."

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                        • n 4:17 - Or "continually fulfill"
                          18 I, Paul, 43write this greeting with my own hand. 44Remember my 45imprisonment. 46Grace be with you.

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                            • o 4:18 - Lit "The greeting by my hand of Paul"
                            • p 4:18 - Lit "bonds"