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Colossians 4 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxCol 4:1 - Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master—in heaven.
An Encouragement for Prayer
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 4:2 - Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 4:3 - Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 4:4 - Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 4:5 - Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 4:6 - Let your conversation be gracious and attractive[fn] so that you will have the right response for everyone.
Paul’s Final Instructions and Greetings
(cf. Eph 6:21, 22 )
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 4:7 - Tychicus will give you a full report about how I am getting along. He is a beloved brother and faithful helper who serves with me in the Lord’s work.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 4:8 - I have sent him to you for this very purpose—to let you know how we are doing and to encourage you.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 4:9 - I am also sending Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, one of your own people. He and Tychicus will tell you everything that’s happening here.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 4:10 - Aristarchus, who is in prison with me, sends you his greetings, and so does Mark, Barnabas’s cousin. As you were instructed before, make Mark welcome if he comes your way.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 4:11 - Jesus (the one we call Justus) also sends his greetings. These are the only Jewish believers among my co-workers; they are working with me here for the Kingdom of God. And what a comfort they have been!
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 4:12 - Epaphras, a member of your own fellowship and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings. He always prays earnestly for you, asking God to make you strong and perfect, fully confident that you are following the whole will of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 4:13 - I can assure you that he prays hard for you and also for the believers in Laodicea and Hierapolis.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 4:14 - Luke, the beloved doctor, sends his greetings, and so does Demas.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 4:15 - Please give my greetings to our brothers and sisters[fn] at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church that meets in her house.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 4:16 - After you have read this letter, pass it on to the church at Laodicea so they can read it, too. And you should read the letter I wrote to them.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 4:17 - And say to Archippus, “Be sure to carry out the ministry the Lord gave you.”
Remember my chains.
May God’s grace be with you.
NLT Footnotes
Greek and seasoned with salt.
Greek brothers.

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