1 Masters, treat your slaves with justice and fairness, because you know that you also have a master in heaven.
Exhortation to Pray for the Success of Paul’s Mission
2 Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time pray1 for us too, that2 God may open a door for the message3 so that we may proclaim4 the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.5 4 Pray that I may make it known as I should.6 5 Conduct yourselves7 with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunities. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer everyone.
Personal Greetings and Instructions
7 Tychicus, a dear brother, faithful minister, and fellow slave8 in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me.9 8 I sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are doing10 and that he may encourage your hearts. 9 I sent him11 with Onesimus, the faithful and dear brother, who is one of you.12 They will tell13 you about everything here.
10 Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends you greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions; if he comes to you, welcome him). 11 And Jesus who is called Justus also sends greetings. In terms of Jewish converts,14 these are the only fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a slave15 of Christ,16 greets you. He is always struggling in prayer on your behalf, so that you may stand mature and fully assured17 in all the will of God. 13 For I can testify that he has worked hard18 for you and for those in Laodicea and Hierapolis. 14 Our dear friend Luke the physician and Demas greet you. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters19 who are in Laodicea and to Nympha and the church that meets in her20 house.21 16 And after22 you have read this letter, have it read23 to the church of Laodicea. In turn, read the letter from Laodicea24 as well. 17 And tell Archippus, “See to it that you complete the ministry you received in the Lord.”
18 I, Paul, write this greeting by my own hand.25 Remember my chains.26 Grace be with you.27