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Colossians 4 - An Understandable Version (2005 edition)

1. You masters should treat your slaves in a just and fair way, knowing that you also have a Master [who] is in heaven.

Further Instructions

2. Continue to pray regularly; stay alert and be thankful.

3. At the same time, pray for us also, that God will open up a door [of opportunity] for [proclaiming] the message, so we can tell about the [previously] hidden secret of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned.

4. [Pray] that I will make it [clearly] known, as I ought to.

5. Be wise in the way you live in front of outsiders [i.e., non-Christians], making the most of every opportunity.

6. Your speech should always be favorable, seasoned with salt [i.e., interesting and appropriate], so that you may know how to properly answer each person [you talk with].

Final Greetings

7. Tychicus will tell you all about my affairs. [Note: This man probably delivered this letter as well as the one to the Ephesians. See Eph. 6:21]. He is our dearly loved brother and faithful minister and fellow-slave in [the service of] the Lord.

8. I have sent [i.e., am sending] him to you for this very purpose, so that you can know our situation and that he can encourage your hearts.

9. [He is coming], together with Onesimus our faithful and dearly loved brother, who is one of you. [Note: This could mean either “from your town” or, “a fellow-Christian”]. They will tell you about everything that is happening here.

10. Aristarchus, my fellow-prisoner, sends you his greetings, along with Barnabas’ cousin [John] Mark. [See Acts 12:12]. (You have received instructions to welcome Mark if he comes to you).

11. Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends his greetings. These men are the only Jews among my fellow-workers for God’s kingdom; they have proved to be an encouragement to me.

12. Epaphras, who is one of you [See 1:7; 4:9], a slave of Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings. He always struggles in his prayers on your behalf so that you will remain mature and be fully convinced [that you are living] by all that God wants [for your life].

13. For I testify about Epaphras, that he has worked hard for you, and [also] for those people in Laodicia and Hierapolis. [Note: These are towns close to Colosse].

14. Luke, my dearly loved physician, and Demas [See II Tim. 4:10] send you their greetings.

15. Greet the brothers who are at Laodicia, and Nympha, along with the church that meets in her house.

16. And when this letter has been read to you people, see that it is read in the church of the Laodicians also. And see that you read the letter [coming] from Laodicia also. [Note: This could have been a reference to the letter to the Ephesians].

17. And tell Archippus [Note: He may have been the preacher at Colosse or Laodicia. See Philemon 1:1-2]; “See to it that you fulfill your ministry [there], which you have received in [the service of] the Lord.”

18. This greeting [is being written] by me, Paul, in my own handwriting. Remember my imprisonment. [Note: This was probably a request for them to pray for him]. May God’s favor be with you.






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