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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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Online Bible | NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Colossians 4:1-18

4  YOU masters, keep dealing out what is righteous and what is fair to [your] slaves,+ knowing that YOU also have a Master in heaven.+  Be persevering in prayer,+ remaining awake in it with thanksgiving,+  at the same time praying also for us,+ that God may open a door+ of utterance to us, to speak the sacred secret+ about the Christ, for which, in fact, I am in prison bonds;+  so that I shall make it manifest as I ought to speak.+  Go on walking in wisdom toward those on the outside,+ buying out the opportune+ time for yourselves.  Let YOUR utterance be always with graciousness,*+ seasoned with salt,+ so as to know how YOU ought to give an answer+ to each one.  All my affairs Tychʹi·cus,+ [my] beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow slave in [the] Lord, will make known to YOU.  For the very purpose of YOUR knowing the things having to do with us and that he may comfort YOUR hearts,+ I am sending him to YOU  along with O·nesʹi·mus,+ my faithful and beloved brother, who is from among YOU. All the things here they will make known to YOU. 10  Ar·is·tarʹchus+ my fellow captive sends YOU his greetings, and so does Mark+ the cousin of Barʹna·bas, (concerning whom YOU received commands to welcome+ him if ever he comes to YOU,) 11  and Jesus who is called Justus, these being of those circumcised.* Only these are my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and these very ones have become a strengthening aid to me. 12  Epʹa·phras,+ who is from among YOU, a slave of Christ Jesus, sends YOU his greetings, always exerting himself in YOUR behalf in [his] prayers, that YOU may finally stand complete+ and with firm conviction in all the will of God. 13  I indeed bear him witness that he puts himself to great effort in behalf of YOU and of those at La·o·di·ceʹa+ and of those at Hi·e·rapʹo·lis. 14  Luke+ the beloved physician* sends YOU his greetings, and so does Deʹmas.+ 15  Give my greetings to the brothers at La·o·di·ceʹa and to Nymʹpha and to the congregation at her house.+ 16  And when this letter has been read among YOU, arrange that it also be read+ in the congregation of the La·o·di·ceʹans and that YOU also read the one from La·o·di·ceʹa. 17  Also, tell Ar·chipʹpus:+ “Keep watching the ministry which you accepted in [the] Lord, that you fulfill it.” 18  [Here is] my greeting, Paul’s, in my own hand.+ Continue bearing my [prison] bonds+ in mind. The undeserved kindness be with YOU.

Footnotes

Or, “with what is favorable.”
Lit., “out of circumcision.”
Lit., “healer.” Gr., i·a·trosʹ; Lat., meʹdi·cus.