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Colossians 4


 1 Ye masters, do unto your servants, that which is just, and equal, knowing that ye also have a master in heaven.


 2  (1) (*) (2) Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving,


(1) He addeth certain general exhortations, and at length endeth his Epistle with divers familiar and godly salutations.

(*) Luke 18:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:17;  .
(2) Prayers must be continual and earnest.


 3  (3) (*)  Praying also for us, that God may open unto us the (a) door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, wherefore I am also in bonds,


(3) Such as minister the word, must especially be commended to the prayers of the Church.

(*) Ephesians 6:18; 2 Thessalonians 3:1 .
(a) An open and free mouth to preach the Gospel.


 4 That I may utter it, as it becometh me to speak.


 5  ¶ (4) (*) Walk (b) (♣) wisely toward them that are without, and (♠) redeem the (c) time.


(4) In all parts of our life, we ought to have good consideration even of them which are without the Church.

(*) Ephesians 5:15 .
(b) Advisedly and circumspectly.

(♣) To the commodity of your neighbors.

(♠) Bestow the time well, which the malice of men everywhere plucketh from you and causeth you to abuse it.
(c) Seek occasion to win them, although you lose your own by it.


 6  (5) Let your speech be (d) gracious always, and powdered with (e) (*) salt, that ye may know how to answer every man.


(5) Our speech and talk must be applied to the profit of the hearers.
(d) Framed to the profit of your neighbor.
(e) Against this is set filthy communication, as in Ephesians 4:29 .

(*) Pertaining to edification, and mixed with no vanity.


 7  ¶ Tychicus our beloved brother and faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, shall declare unto you my whole state;


 8 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose that he might know your state, and might comfort your hearts,


 9  (*) With Onesimus a faithful and a beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall shew you of all things here.


(*) Philemon 1:10 .


 10 Aristarchus my prison fellow saluteth you, and Marcus, Barnabas’ cousin (touching whom ye received commandments; if he come unto you, receive him.)


 11 And Jesus which is called Justus, which are of the circumcision. These (f) (*) only are my workfellows unto the (g) kingdom of God, which have been unto my consolation.


(f) Hence, Peter was not at that time at Rome.

(*) If they only did help him to preach the Gospel at Rome, where was Peter? Or those five and twenty years that they feigned he abode at Rome?
(g) In the Gospel.


 12 Epaphras the servant of Christ, which is one of you, saluteth you, and always striveth for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect, and full in all the will of God.


 13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and for them of Laodicea, and them of Hierapolis.


 14  (*) Luke the beloved physician greeteth you, and Demas.


(*) 2 Timothy 4:11 .


 15 Salute the brethren which are of Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the Church which is in his house.


 16 And when this Epistle is read of you, cause that it be read in the Church of the Laodiceans also, and that ye likewise read the Epistle (*) written from Laodicea.


(*) Either to Paul, or else which they would write as an answer to this epistle sent to the Colossians.


 17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry, that thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it.


 18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bands. Grace be with you, Amen. 



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