Colossians 4 TNIV

1 Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair,1 because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.

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Further Instructions

2 Devote yourselves to prayer,2 being watchful and thankful.

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3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door3 for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery4 of Christ, for which I am in chains.5

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4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
5 Be wise6 in the way you act toward outsiders;7 make the most of every opportunity.8

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6 Let your conversation be always full of grace,9 seasoned with salt,10 so that you may know how to answer everyone.11

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Final Greetings

7 Tychicus12 will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servanta13 in the Lord.

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    • a 4:7 - Or "slave"; also in verse 12
      8 I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about ourb circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts.14

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        • b 4:8 - Some manuscripts "that he may know about your"
          9 He is coming with Onesimus,15 our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you.16 They will tell you everything that is happening here.

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              10 My fellow prisoner Aristarchus17 sends you his greetings, as does Mark,18 the cousin of Barnabas.19 (You have received instructions about him; if he comes to you, welcome him.)

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              11 Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jewsc among my co-workers20 for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me.

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                • c 4:11 - Greek "only ones of the circumcision group"
                  12 Epaphras,21 who is one of you22 and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you,23 that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature24 and fully assured.

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                      13 I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea25 and Hierapolis.

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                      14 Our dear friend Luke,26 the doctor, and Demas27 send greetings.

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                      15 Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea,28 and to Nympha and the church in her house.29

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                      16 After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read30 in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.

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                      17 Tell Archippus:31 "See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord."32

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                      18 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand.33 Remember34 my chains.35 Grace be with you.36

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