The Holy Bible – Knox Translation
The Epistle of the Blessed Apostle Paul to the Colossians
And you who are masters, give your slaves just and equitable treatment; you know well enough that you, too, have a Master in heaven.
Persevere in prayer, and keep wakeful over it with thankful hearts.
Pray, too, for us; ask God to afford us an opening for preaching the revelation of Christ, which is the very cause of my imprisonment,
and to give me the right utterance for making it known.
Be prudent in your behaviour towards those who are not of your company; it is an opportunity you must eagerly grasp.
Your manner of speaking must always be gracious, with an edge of liveliness, ready to give each questioner the right answer.✻
You will hear how things go with me from Tychicus, my dearly loved brother and faithful servant, my fellow bondsman in the Lord;
that is the reason why I have sent him, to give me news of you, and to bring courage to your hearts;✻
from Onesimus, too, a brother faithful and well beloved, who is of your own number; they will tell you how things stand here.✻
Greetings to you from my fellow prisoner Aristarchus, and from Mark, the kinsman of Barnabas, about whom you have been given instructions; if he visits you, make him welcome;
from Jesus, too, whom they call Justus. These are the only Jews who have helped me to preach God’s kingdom; they have been a comfort to me.✻
Your own fellow countryman Epaphras sends you his greeting, a servant of Jesus Christ who ever remembers you anxiously in his prayers, hoping that you will stand firm in the perfect achievement of all that is God’s will for you;
I can vouch for him as one who is greatly concerned over you, and those others at Laodicea and Hierapolis.
Greetings from my beloved Luke, the physician, and from Demas.
Greet the brethren at Laodicea, and Nymphas, with the church that is in his household.
When this letter has been read out to you, see that it is read out to the Laodicean church too, and that you read the letter they have received at Laodicea.
Give this message to Archippus; Be careful to fulfil the duty which has been committed to thee in the Lord’s service.
Here is a greeting for you from Paul in his own hand; do not forget that he is a prisoner. Grace be with you. Amen.
The Holy Bible