The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Colossians

Chapter 4

The Saints are told to be wise in all things—Luke and others greet the Colossians.

 aMasters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a bMaster in cheaven.

 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a adoor of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

 aWalk in bwisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

 Let your aspeech be alway with grace, seasoned with bsalt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

 All my state shall Tychicus 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 your estate, and comfort your hearts;

 With aOnesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.

 10 aAristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and bMarcus, csister’s son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;)

 11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the acircumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.

 12 aEpaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

 13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great azeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.

 14 Luke, the beloved physician, and aDemas, greet you.

 15 Salute the brethren which are in aLaodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.

 16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the aepistle from Laodicea.

 17 And say to aArchippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.

 18 The salutation by the ahand of me Paul. Remember my bbonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

¶Written from Rome to the Colossians by Tychicus and Onesimus.