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Colossians 4 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Masters, be just and fair to your slaves because you know that you also have a master in heaven. 1 Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.
2 Keep praying. Pay attention when you offer prayers of thanksgiving. 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
3 At the same time also pray for us. Pray that God will give us an opportunity to speak the word so that we may tell the mystery about Christ. It is because of this mystery that I am a prisoner. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.
4 Pray that I may make this mystery as clear as possible. This is what I have to do. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
5 Be wise in the way you act toward those who are outside [the Christian faith]. Make the most of your opportunities. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
6 Everything you say should be kind and well thought out so that you know how to answer everyone. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
7 I'm sending Tychicus to you. He is our dear brother, trustworthy deacon, and partner in the Lord's work. He will tell you everything that is happening to me. 7 Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.
8 I'm sending him to you so that you may know how we are doing and so that he may encourage you. 8 I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts.
9 I'm sending Onesimus with him. Onesimus is from your city and is our faithful and dear brother. They will tell you about everything that's happening here. 9 He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here.
10 Aristarchus, who is a prisoner like me, sends greetings. So does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. You have received instructions about Mark. If he comes to you, welcome him. 10 My fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.)
11 Jesus, called Justus, also greets you. They are the only converts from the Jewish religion who are working with me for God's kingdom. They have provided me with comfort. 11 Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me.
12 Epaphras, a servant of Christ Jesus from your city, greets you. He always prays intensely for you. He prays that you will continue to be mature and completely convinced of everything that God wants. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.
13 I assure you that he works hard for you and the people in Laodicea and Hierapolis. 13 I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis.
14 My dear friend Luke, the physician, and Demas greet you. 14 Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings.
15 Greet our brothers and sisters in Laodicea, especially Nympha and the church that meets in her house. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.
16 After you have read this letter, read it in the church at Laodicea. Make sure that you also read the letter from Laodicea. 16 After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.
17 Tell Archippus to complete all the work that he started as the Lord's servant. 17 Tell Archippus: "See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord."
18 I, Paul, am writing this greeting with my own hand. Remember that I'm a prisoner. God's good will be with you. 18 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.