1Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly. Remember that you too have a Master in heaven.
2Keep persisting in prayer, staying alert in it and being thankful. 3Include prayer for us, too, that God may open a door for us to proclaim the message about the secret of the Messiah — for that is why I am in prison. 4And pray that I may speak, as I should, in a way that makes the message clear.
5Behave wisely toward outsiders, making full use of every opportunity — 6let your conversation always be gracious and interesting, so that you will know how to respond to any particular individual.
7Our dear brother Tychicus, who is a faithful worker and fellow-slave in the Lord, will give you all the news about me. 8I have sent him to you for this very reason — so that you might know how we are, and so that he might encourage you. 9I have sent him with Onesimus, the dear and faithful brother, who is one of you; they will tell you everything that has happened here.
10Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends greetings, as does Mark, Bar-Nabba’s cousin, concerning whom you have received instructions — if he comes to you, welcome him. 11Yeshua, the one called Justus, also sends greetings. These three are among the Circumcised; and among my fellow workers for the Kingdom of God, only they have turned out to be a comfort to me.
12Epaphras sends greetings; he is one of you, a slave of the Messiah Yeshua who always agonizes in his prayer on your behalf, praying that you may stand firm, mature and fully confident, as you devote yourselves completely to God’s will. 13For I can testify to him that he works hard for you and for those in Laodicea and Hierapolis.
14Our dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send you greetings.
15Give my greetings to the brothers in Laodicea, also to Nympha and the congregation that meets in her home. 16After this letter has been read to you, have it read also in the congregation of the Laodiceans; and you, in turn, are to read the letter that will come from Laodicea. 17And tell Archippus, “See that you complete the task you were given in the Lord.”
18This greeting I, Sha’ul, write with my own hand.
Remember my imprisonment!
Grace be with you!