New Living Translation

Colossians 4

1Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master—in heaven.

An Encouragement for Prayer

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive[a] so that you will have the right response for everyone.

Paul’s Final Instructions and Greetings

Tychicus will give you a full report about how I am getting along. He is a beloved brother and faithful helper who serves with me in the Lord’s work. I have sent him to you for this very purpose—to let you know how we are doing and to encourage you. I am also sending Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, one of your own people. He and Tychicus will tell you everything that’s happening here.

10 Aristarchus, who is in prison with me, sends you his greetings, and so does Mark, Barnabas’s cousin. As you were instructed before, make Mark welcome if he comes your way. 11 Jesus (the one we call Justus) also sends his greetings. These are the only Jewish believers among my co-workers; they are working with me here for the Kingdom of God. And what a comfort they have been!

12 Epaphras, a member of your own fellowship and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings. He always prays earnestly for you, asking God to make you strong and perfect, fully confident that you are following the whole will of God. 13 I can assure you that he prays hard for you and also for the believers in Laodicea and Hierapolis.

14 Luke, the beloved doctor, sends his greetings, and so does Demas. 15 Please give my greetings to our brothers and sisters[b] at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church that meets in her house.

16 After you have read this letter, pass it on to the church at Laodicea so they can read it, too. And you should read the letter I wrote to them.

17 And say to Archippus, “Be sure to carry out the ministry the Lord gave you.”

18 HERE IS MY GREETING IN MY OWN HANDWRITING—PAUL.

Remember my chains.

May God’s grace be with you.

Footnotes

  1. 4:6 Greek and seasoned with salt.
  2. 4:15 Greek brothers.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

歌羅西書 4

1你們作主人的,對待奴僕要公平合理,別忘了你們也有一位天上的主。

勉勵禱告

你們要以感恩和警醒的心恆切禱告。 要為我們禱告,求上帝為我們打開傳道的門,好傳揚基督的奧祕——我就是為此而被囚禁的。 也要求上帝使我能盡自己的本分把這奧祕講清楚。

你們要把握時機,運用智慧和非信徒交往。 談吐要溫和、風趣[a],知道該怎樣回答每個人。

結語

有關我一切的事情,推基古會告訴你們。他是我親愛的弟兄,是和我一同事奉主的忠僕。 我特意派他去見你們,好讓你們知道我們的近況,並鼓勵你們。 這次和他同行的還有另一位忠心的弟兄——親愛的阿尼西謀,他是你們那裡的人。他們會把這裡的詳細情形告訴你們。

問候

10 和我一同坐牢的亞里達古問候你們,巴拿巴的表弟馬可也問候你們。關於馬可,我囑咐過你們,如果他去你們那裡,你們要接待他。 11 耶數,又名猶士都,問候你們。受過割禮的猶太基督徒中,只有這三人和我一同為上帝的國工作,他們是我的安慰。 12 來自你們那裡、作基督耶穌奴僕的以巴弗弟兄問候你們。他常常懇切地為你們禱告,好使你們信心堅定,生命成熟,深知上帝一切的旨意。 13 他為了你們以及老底嘉和希拉波立的弟兄姊妹而不辭勞苦,這是我可以作證的。 14 此外,親愛的路加醫生和底馬也問候你們。 15 請代我問候在老底嘉的弟兄姊妹,也問候寧法姊妹和在她家裡聚會的人。 16 你們當眾宣讀這封信後,也要交給老底嘉教會宣讀,你們也要宣讀老底嘉教會轉給你們的信。 17 請告訴亞基布務要完成主交給他的工作。 18 我保羅親筆問候你們。請你們不要忘記獄中的我。

願上帝的恩典常與你們同在!

Footnotes

  1. 4·6 風趣」希臘文是「用鹽調和」。