4 * Masters, let your servants have justice and equal rights, knowing that you too have a master in heaven. 2 * Keep praying, be on the alert in it, with thanksgiving; 3 praying, along with the rest, for us too, that God will open us a door for the word, for speaking the secret of Christ, that same for which I am in prison, 4 so that I may open it up as I have to speak. 5 * Behave wisely toward outsiders, making the best you can of the crisis; 6 let your talk be always in grace, seasoned with salt to know how you need to answer each one. 7 Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful errand-runner and fellow-servant in the Lord, will acquaint you with everything that relates to me; 8 I am sending him to you for this express purpose, to let you know about me and to let him cheer your hearts, 9 with dear and faithful brother Onesimus, who is one of you. They will give you the news about everything here. 10 My fellow-prisoner Aristarchus sends greetings, and Barnabas’s cousin Mark, about whom you received injunctions,—if he comes to you, receive him,— 11 * and Jesus, known as Justus, these who represent the circumcised community; these are the only ones who are cooperators for the Reign of God, and they were a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you, sends greetings, a servant of Christ Jesus who is always wrestling for you in his prayers that you may be made to stand complete and convinced in everything that is God’s will; 13 * for I can testify that he is deeply concerned for you and those at Laodicea and those at Hierapolis. 14 Dear Doctor Luke and Demas send greetings. 15 ** Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea and to Nymphas and the meeting at their house. 16 And when the letter is read to you, get it read in the Laodiceans’ meeting too, and get to read the one from Laodicea. 17 And tell Archippus “Look out for the office you were given in the Lord, to make good in it.” 18 My greeting, Paul’s, with my own hand. Remember my fetters. Grace be with you.
^ 4:1 Lit. and equality
^ 4:2 Lit. keeping awake in it
^ 4:5 Lit. buying off the crisis
^ 4:11 Lit. those who are out of the circumcision
^ 4:13 Lit. for I testify for him that he has much labor (or pain) for you
^ 4:15 Or Nympha
^ 4:15 Var. her house Var. his house