Bible Text & Cross-references:
He recommends fervent prayer, and wisdom. Various salutations.
1 Masters, do to your servants that which is just and equal: knowing
that you also have a Master in heaven.
2 *Be instant in prayer: watching in it with thanksgiving:
3 *Praying withal for us also, that God may open to us a door of speech
to speak the mystery of Christ (for which also I am in bands.)
4 That I may make it manifest as I ought to speak.
5 *Walk with wisdom towards those who are without: redeeming the time.
6 Let your speech be always in grace seasoned with salt, that you may
know how you ought to answer every man.
7 All the things that concern me, Tychicus, our dearest brother, and
faithful minister, and fellow-servant in the Lord, will make known to you:
8 Whom I have sent to you for this same purpose, that he may know the
things that concern you and comfort your hearts,
9 With Onesimus, a most beloved and faithful brother, who is one of you.
All things that are done here, they shall make known to you.
10 Aristarchus, my fellow-prisoner, saluteth you, and Mark, the cousin-german
of Barnabus, touching whom you have received commandments: if he come to you, receive him:
11 And Jesus, who is called Justus: who are of the circumcision: these
only are my helpers in the kingdom of God, who have been a comfort to me.
12 Epaphras saluteth you, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus,
who is always solicitous for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect, and full in all the will of God.
13 For I bear him testimony that he hath much labour for you, and for
them that are at Laodicea, and them at Hierapolis.
14 *Luke, the most beloved physician, saluteth you, and Demas.
15 Salute the brethren who are at Laodicea: and Nymphas, and the church
that is in his house.
16 And when this epistle shall be read among you, cause that it be read
also in the church of the Laodiceans: and read you that which is of the Laodiceans.
17 And say to Archippus: Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received
in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
18 The salutation of Paul with my own hand. Be mindful of my chains:
Grace be with you. Amen
2: Luke xviii. 1.; 1 Thessalonians v. 17.
3: Ephesians vi. 19.; 2 Thessalonians iii. 1.; Colossians iv. 3.
5: Ephesians v. 15.
14: 2 Timothy iv. 11.