Colossians 4:9-17

9 and with him 1Onesimus, our faithful and 2beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here.
10 3Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark 4the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions--5if he comes to you, welcome him),
11 and Jesus who is called 6Justus. 7These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and 8they have been a comfort to me.
12 9Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always 10struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand 11mature and fully assured in all the will of God.
13 For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis.
14 12Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does 13Demas.
15 Give my greetings to the brothers[a] at Laodicea, and to Nympha and 14the church in her house.
16 And when 15this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea.
17 And say to 16Archippus, "See that you fulfill 17the ministry that you have received in the Lord."

Colossians 4:9-17 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO COLOSSIANS 4

This chapter begins with an exhortation to masters to behave towards their servants in a just and equitable manner, from the consideration of their having a master in heaven, which should have concluded the preceding one; and in it the apostle gives some general exhortations, and some particular instructions about reading this, and another epistle, and stirring up their minister to his duty; and great part of it is taken up in expressing his love to the Colossians, and in the salutations of others, and of himself. The general exhortations are to prayer, with watchfulness and thankfulness, not only for themselves, but especially for the ministers of the Gospel, Col 4:2-4 and next to a wise behaviour towards them that were of the world, Col 4:5 and also to a prudent conversation, particularly in language, with everyone, Col 4:6. And then the apostle proceeds to declare his great affection for them, and care of them, which he showed by sending two proper persons to them from him, partly to make known his affairs to them, and partly to know the state and condition they were in, and comfort them, Col 4:7-9 and next follow the salutations of various persons to them, who are mentioned by name, and whose characters are given, Col 4:10-15. And then he orders them to read this epistle in the church of Laodicea, and also that which came from that place, Col 4:16 and to admonish Archippus to take heed to, and fulfil his ministry, since it was what he had received in the Lord, Col 4:17. And then closes the epistle with his own salutation and benediction, entreating a remembrance of him and his bonds, Col 4:18.

Colossians 4:9-17 In-Context

7 Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.
8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts,
9 and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here.
10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions--if he comes to you, welcome him),
11 and Jesus who is called Justus. These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me.
12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.
13 For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis.
14 Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does Demas.
15 Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.
16 And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea.
17 And say to Archippus, "See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord."
18 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.

Cross References 17

  • 1. Philemon 10
  • 2. Philemon 16
  • 3. Acts 19:29; Acts 20:4; Acts 27:2; Philemon 24; [Romans 16:7]
  • 4. See Acts 15:37, 39
  • 5. [2 Timothy 4:11]
  • 6. [Acts 1:23; Acts 18:7]
  • 7. See Acts 11:2
  • 8. [Philemon 7]
  • 9. Colossians 1:7; Philemon 23
  • 10. See Romans 15:30
  • 11. See Matthew 5:48
  • 12. 2 Timothy 4:11; See Acts 16:10
  • 13. 2 Timothy 4:10; Philemon 24
  • 14. See Romans 16:5
  • 15. 1 Thessalonians 5:27
  • 16. Philemon 2
  • 17. 2 Timothy 4:5

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or brothers and sisters
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