1Masters,#Eph. 6:9 give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
2#Luke 18:1Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it #Col. 2:7with thanksgiving; 3#Eph. 6:19meanwhile praying also for us, that God would #1 Cor. 16:9open to us a door for the word, to speak #Eph. 3:3, 4; 6:19the mystery of Christ, #Eph. 6:20for which I am also in chains, 4that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
5#Eph. 5:15Walk in #(Matt. 10:16)wisdom toward those who are outside, #Eph. 5:16redeeming the time. 6Let your speech always be #Eccl. 10:12with grace, #Mark 9:50seasoned with salt, #1 Pet. 3:15that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
7#Acts 20:4; Eph. 6:21; 2 Tim. 4:12; Titus 3:12Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me. 8#Eph. 6:22I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts, 9with #Philem. 10Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you all things which are happening here.
10#Acts 19:29; 20:4; 27:2; Philem. 24Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with #Acts 15:37; 2 Tim. 4:11Mark the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him), 11and 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.
12#Col. 1:7; Philem. 23Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always #Rom. 15:30laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand #Matt. 5:48; 1 Cor. 2:6perfect and complete in all the will of God. 13For I bear him witness that he has a great zeal for you, and those who are in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis. 14#2 Tim. 4:11; Philem. 24Luke the beloved physician and #2 Tim. 4:10Demas greet you. 15Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas and #Rom. 16:5; 1 Cor. 16:19the church that is in his house.
Closing Exhortations and Blessing
16Now when #1 Thess. 5:27; 2 Thess. 3:14this 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. 17And say to #Philem. 2Archippus, “Take heed to #1 Tim. 4:6; 2 Tim. 4:5the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.”
18#1 Cor. 16:21; 2 Thess. 3:17This salutation by my own hand—Paul. #Heb. 13:3Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Amen.
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