Colossians 4 LEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Masters, grant your slaves justice and fairness, knowing 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 Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving, 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
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}, 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 so that I may reveal it, as it is necessary for me to speak. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
5 Live with wisdom toward those outside, making the most of the time. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
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. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
7 Tychicus, my dear brother and faithful servant and fellow slave in the Lord, will make known to you all {my circumstances}, 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 whom I have sent to you for this very [reason], in order that you may know {our circumstances} and he may encourage your hearts, 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 together with Onesimus, my faithful and dear brother, who is [one] of you. They will make known to you all {the circumstances} 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, my fellow prisoner, greets you, and Mark, the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions--if he should come 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 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. 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, 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. 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 For I testify to him that {he is working hard} on behalf of you and those in Laodicea and those in Hierapolis. 13 I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis.
14 Luke the physician, our dear friend, greets you, [as does] Demas. 14 Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings.
15 Greet the brothers in Laodicea, and Nympha and the church in her house. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.
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. 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 And tell Archippus, "Direct your attention to the ministry that you received in the Lord, in order that you may complete it." 17 Tell Archippus: "See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord."
18 The greeting [is] by my hand, Paul's. Remember my {imprisonment}. Grace [be] with you. 18 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.