The Gift New Testament

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4:1Masters, pay fair wages to your slaves and remember that you too have a Master in heaven.

4:2Be persistent in prayer, watching for answers, and be grateful.4:3Pray for us too, that God will open a door for us to speak the Word, the secret of the Anointed, which I am compelled to do;4:4pray that I will speak it clearly.4:5Behave wisely toward outsiders, making good use of the time.4:6Your words should always be gracious yet not bland, and perceptive of the best way to answer each one.

4:7Our dear brother Tychicus will inform you about everything I’m doing. He is a faithful servant and co-slave of the Master,4:8whom I send to you for the purpose of telling you about us and consoling your hearts.4:9He will be accompanied by Onesimus, the faithful and dear brother who is one of you. They will tell you all about what’s going on here.

4:10My co-captive Aristarchus greets you, along with Barnabas’ cousin Mark, the one you asked about. If he visits you, accept him.4:11Also greeting you is Jesus (the one they call Justus). These of “the circumcision” are the only co-workers in the kingdom of God who were a comfort to me.4:12Ephaphras (one of you) greets you; he is always struggling in prayers for you as a slave of Anointed Jesus, that you will stand complete and fully assured in all the will of God.4:13I can vouch for his very hard work for your sakes, as well as those in Laodicea and Hierapolis.4:14Dear Doctor Luke greets you, as also does Demas.

4:15Greet all the brothers and sisters in Laodicea, and Nympha and the Congregation that meets in her house.4:16And when this letter is read to you, make sure it is also read to the Congregation in Laodicea, and also that you read theirs.4:17Tell Archippus, “See to it that you fulfill the service that you accepted from the Master.”4:18I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my confinement. May God’s favor be with you.