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4:1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; 4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: 4:4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

4:7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord: 4:8 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts; 4:9 With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.

4:10 Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) 4:11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.

4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

4:13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.

4:14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.

4:15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.

4:16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.

4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.

4:18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Colossians
Book: Colossians
Chapter: 4

Masters to do their duty towards servants. (1) Persons of all
ranks to persevere in Prayer, and Christian prudence. (2-6) The
Apostle refers to others for an account of his affairs. (7-9)
Sends greetings; and concludes with a blessing. (10-18)

1 The Apostle proceeds with the duty of masters to their
servants. Not only Justice is required of them, but strict
equity and kindness. Let them Deal with servants as they expect
God should Deal with themselves.

2-6 No duties can be done aright, unless we persevere in
fervent Prayer, and watch therein with thanksgiving. The people
are to pray particularly for their ministers. Believers are
exhorted to right conduct towards unbelievers. Be careful in all
converse with them, to do them good, and recommend religion By
all fit means. Diligence in redeeming time, commends religion to
the good opinion of others. Even what is only carelessness may
cause a lasting prejudice against the Truth. Let all discourse
be discreet and seasonable, as becomes Christians. Though it be
not always of Grace, it must always be with Grace. Though our
discourse be of that which is common, yet it must be in a
Christian manner. Grace is the Salt which Seasons our discourse,
and keeps it from corrupting. It is not enough to answer what is
asked, unless we answer aright also.

7-9 Ministers are servants to Christ, and fellow-servants to
one another. They have one Lord, though they have different
stations and powers for service. It is a great comfort under the
troubles and difficulties of Life, to have fellow Christians
caring for us. Circumstances of Life make No difference in the
spiritual relation among sincere Christians; they partake of the
same privileges, and are entitled to the same regards. What
amazing changes Divine Grace makes! Faithless servants become
Faithful and beloved brethren, and some who had done wrong,
become fellow-workers of good.

10-18 Paul had differed with Barnabas, On the account of this
Mark, yet he is not only reconciled, but recommends him to the
churches; an Example of a truly Christian and forgiving Spirit.
If men have been guilty of a fault, it must not always be
remembered against them. We must forget as Well as forgive. The
Apostle had comfort in the Communion of saints and ministers.
One is his fellow-servant, another his fellow-prisoner, and all
his fellow-workers, working out their own Salvation, and
endeavouring to promote the Salvation of others. The effectual,
fervent Prayer is the prevailing Prayer, and availeth much. The
smiles, flatteries, or frowns of the world, the Spirit of error,
or the working of self-Love, leads many to a way of preaching
and living which comes far short of fulfilling their ministry.
But those who preach the same doctrine as Paul, and follow his
Example, may expect the Divine favour and blessing.