PAUL THE APOSTLE
Colossians 4 ©
1 The apostle exhorts masters to equity towards their servants. 2 And everyone to continuance in prayer. 3 And especially for him, that by his bonds he might not be hindered in the work of the Gospel. 5 Exhorts them to walk and to speak wisely amongst them who are without. 7 Testifies that he sends Tychicus and Onesimus to them to comfort them, and to inform them of all his affairs. 10 Salutes them in the name of Aristarchus and several others, whose zeal for them he commends. 15 Commands them to salute the brethren in Laodicea, and let them read this epistle also. 17 And to bid Archippus fulfill his ministry. 18 And so concludes this epistle with his salutation.
MASTERS,a give unto your servants that which is 1just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
2Continueb in prayer, and 3watch in the same with thanksgiving;
Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us 4a door of utterance, toc speak 5the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in 6bonds:
That I may make it manifest, as 7I ought to speak.
Walkd8in wisdom toward them that are 9without, 10redeeminge the time.
Let yourf speech be alway with grace, seasoned 11with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer 12every man.
13All my state shall Tychicusg declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord:
Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know 14your estate, and 15comfort your hearts;
With Onesimus,h a faithful and beloved brother, who is one 16of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.
17Aristarchusi my fellowprisoner 18saluteth you, and 19Marcus,j20sister’s son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, 21receive him;)
And Jesus, which is called 22Justus, 23who are of the circumcision. 24These only are my fellowworkers 25unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.
Epaphras,k who is one 26of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always 27labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand 28perfect and 29complete in all the will of God.
For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in 30Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.
31Luke,l32the beloved physician, and 33Demas,m greet you.
Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church 34which is in his house.
And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also 35in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle 36from Laodicea.
And say to 37Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received 38in the Lord, that thou 39fulfill it.
Then salutation 40by the hand of me, Paul. Remembero my bonds. 41Grace be with you. 42Amen.