1Masters, treat your bondservants#4:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for servant in verse 12 justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
2 # For ver. 2-4, see Eph. 6:18-20 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it #ch. 2:7with thanksgiving. 3At the same time, pray also for us, that God may #See Acts 14:27 open to us a door for the word, #See Rom. 16:25 to declare the mystery of Christ, #ver. 18; Eph. 6:20; See Phil. 1:7on account of which I am in prison— 4that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
5 # See Eph. 5:15-17 Walk in wisdom toward #See Mark 4:11outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6Let your speech always #ch. 3:16 be gracious, #See Mark 9:50 seasoned with salt, #1 Pet. 3:15so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
7Tychicus will tell you #For ver. 7-9, see Eph. 6:21, 22all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant#4:7 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word sundoulos, see Preface in the Lord. 8I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, 9and with him #Philem. 10 Onesimus, our faithful and #Philem. 16beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here.
Acts 19:29; 20:4; 27:2; Philem. 24; [Rom. 16:7] Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark #See Acts 15:37, 39 the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—#[2 Tim. 4:11]if he comes to you, welcome him), 11and Jesus who is called #[Acts 1:23; 18:7] Justus. #See Acts 11:2 These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and #[Philem. 7]they have been a comfort to me. 12#ch. 1:7; Philem. 23 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always #See Rom. 15:30 struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand #See Matt. 5:48mature and fully assured in all the will of God. 13For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis. 14#2 Tim. 4:11; See Acts 16:10 Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does #2 Tim. 4:10; Philem. 24Demas. 15Give my greetings to the brothers#4:15 Or brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and #See Rom. 16:5the church in her house. 16And when #1 Thess. 5:27this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea. 17And say to #Philem. 2 Archippus, “See that you fulfill #2 Tim. 4:5the ministry that you have received in the Lord.”
18I, Paul, #See 1 Cor. 16:21 write this greeting with my own hand. #[Heb. 13:3] Remember #ver. 3; See Phil. 1:7 my chains. #1 Tim. 6:21; 2 Tim. 4:22; [Titus 3:15]Grace be with you.