1Masters,4:1 Col 3:22 deal with your slaves justly and fairly, since you know that you too have a Master in heaven.
Speaking to God and Others
2Devote yourselves4:2 Rm 12:12 to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving.
3At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door4:3 Ac 14:27; 1Co 16:9; 2Co 2:12 to us for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ,4:3 1Co 2:7; Eph 3:4; 5:2 for which I am in chains,4:3 Ac 27:2; 28:16,30; Eph 6:18–20
4so that I may make it known as I should.
5Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time.4:5 Eph 5:15–17
6Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt,4:6 Mk 9:50; Lk 14:34 so that you may know how you should answer each person.4:6 1Pt 3:15
Final Greetings
7Tychicus,4:7 Ac 20:4; Ti 3:12 our dearly loved brother, faithful4:7 Nm 23:19 minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me.
8I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know how we are4:8 Other mss read that he may know how you are and so that he may encourage4:8 Lk 16:25 your hearts.4:8 Eph 6:21–22; Col 2:2
9He is coming with Onesimus,4:9 Phm 10,16 a faithful and dearly loved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you about everything here.
10Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends you greetings, as does Mark,4:10 Phm 24 Barnabas’s4:10 Ac 4:36 cousin (concerning whom you have received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him),
11and so does Jesus who is called Justus. These alone of the circumcised are my coworkers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me.
12Epaphras,4:12 Col 1:7; Phm 23 who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. He is always wrestling4:12 Jd 3 for you in his prayers, so that you can stand mature and fully assured4:12 Other mss read and complete in everything God wills.4:12 Gl 1:4; Eph 1:9
13For I testify about him that he works hard4:13 Other mss read he has a great zeal4:13 Jd 3 for you, for those in Laodicea,4:13 Col 2:1 and for those in Hierapolis.
14Luke, the dearly loved physician, and Demas4:14 2Tm 4:10 send you greetings.
15Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters in Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her home.4:15 Ac 12:12; Rm 16:5
16After this letter has been read at your gathering, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea.
17And tell Archippus,4:17 Phm 2 “Pay attention to the ministry you have received in the Lord, so that you can accomplish it.”4:17 2Tm 4:5
18I, Paul, am writing this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains.4:18 Php 1:7 Grace be with you.4:18 Other mss add Amen.4:18 1Tm 6:21; 2Tm 4:22; Ti 3:15