- Bondservants, obey in everything your masters according to the flesh,
not with good appearances, as people-pleasers,
but with a dedicated heart, fearing the Master.
- And whatever work you do, do it with all your soul,
as if working for the Master and not for men,
- knowing that from a master you will receive an inheritance as the reward;
for you serve the Master—Christ.
- for the one who does wrong will be repaid for the wrong,
and there is no favouritism.
- Masters, treat your bondservants justly and fairly,
knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
Living in the World: Pray, Walk and Talk
- In prayer giving constant attention, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving;
- praying at the same time also for us too,
that God would open to us a door for the message,
to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains,
- that I may reveal it, as I ought to speak.
- In wisdom walk, toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.
- Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt,
that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
- All the things concerning me will be made known to you by Tychicus,
a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord.
- I am sending him to you for this very purpose,
that he may know the things concerning you and comfort your hearts,
- with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you.
They will make known to you all things which are happening here.
- Greetings to you from Aristarchus my fellow prisoner,
and Mark the cousin of Barnabas
(about whom you received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him),
- and Jesus who is called Justus.
These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision;
they have proved to be a comfort to me.
- Greetings to you from Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ,
always labouring fervently for you in prayers,
that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
- For I bear him witness that he has a great zeal for you,
and those who are in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis.
14. Greetings to you from Luke the beloved physician and Demas.
- Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas
and the church that is in his house.
- Now when this epistle is read among you,
see that it is read also in the church of the Laodiceans,
and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.
- And say to Archippus,
“Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord,
that you may fulfill it.”
- This salutation by my own hand—Paul. Remember my chains.
Grace be with you. Amen.