Colossians - Chapter 4 | English Standard Version

  • 1. Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
  • 2. Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
  • 3. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison--
  • 4. that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
  • 5. Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.
  • 6. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
  • 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.