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Chapter 4

1You who are masters must treat your slaves justly and fairly, and remember that you have a Master too, in heaven.

2Be persistent in prayer and wide awake about it when you give thanks. 3Pray for me too, that God may give me an opening for the message, and let me tell the secret of Christ on account of which I am kept in prison 4until I can make clear to the authorities why I cannot help telling it. 5Use wisdom in dealing with outsiders, making the most of your opportunities. 6Always put your message attractively, and yet pointedly, and be prepared to give every inquirer a fitting answer.

7Our dear brother Tychicus, my faithful helper and fellow-servant in the Lord’s work, will tell you all about me. 8I am sending him to you for the express purpose of letting you know my circumstances, and of cheering your hearts. 9And with him I send my dear, faithful brother Onesimus, who is one of your own number. They will tell you all about matters here.

10Aristarchus, my fellow-prisoner, wishes to be remembered to you, and so does Barnabas’ cousin Mark. (About him you have had instructions; if he comes to see you, make him welcome.) 11So also does Jesus who is called Justus. They are the only ones among the converts from Judaism who have worked with me for the reign of God who have proved a comfort to me. 12Epaphras, one of your own number, a slave of Christ Jesus, wishes to be remembered to you. He is always standing up for you in his prayers that you may stand fast, like men of mature convictions, whatever God’s will for you may be. 13I can testify how anxious he is about you and the brothers in Laodicea and Hierapolis. 14Our dear Luke, the doctor, and Demas wish to be remembered to you. 15Remember me to the brothers in Laodicea and to Nympha and the church that meets at her house. 16When this letter has been read to you, have it read to the church at Laodicea also, and see that you read the letter that is coming from there. 17And tell Archippus, “See that you perform the Christian service you have been assigned.”

18This farewell is in my own hand, from Paul. Remember that I am in prison. God bless you.

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