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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Devote yourselves to prayer,2 being watchful and thankful.
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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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Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
Be wise6 in the way you act toward outsiders;7 make the most of every opportunity.8
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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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Tychicus12 will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant13 in the Lord.
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I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts.14
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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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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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Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews among my co-workers20 for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me.
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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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I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea25 and Hierapolis.
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Our dear friend Luke,26 the doctor, and Demas27 send greetings.
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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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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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Tell Archippus:31 "See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord."32
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I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand.33 Remember34 my chains.35 Grace be with you.36
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