Exhortation to Households
3:18 Wives, submit to your1 husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 3:19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them. 3:20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing in the Lord. 3:21 Fathers,2 do not provoke3 your children, so they will not become disheartened. 3:22 Slaves,4 obey your earthly5 masters in every respect, not only when they are watching – like those who are strictly people-pleasers – but with a sincere heart, fearing the Lord. 3:23 Whatever you are doing,6 work at it with enthusiasm,7 as to the Lord and not for people,8 3:24 because you know that you will receive your9 inheritance10 from the Lord as the reward. Serve11 the Lord Christ. 3:25 For the one who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong,12 and there are no exceptions.13 4:1 Masters, treat your slaves with justice and fairness, because you know that you also have a master in heaven.
Exhortation to Pray for the Success of Paul’s Mission
4:2 Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. 4:3 At the same time pray14 for us too, that15 God may open a door for the message16 so that we may proclaim17 the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.18 4:4 Pray that I may make it known as I should.19 4:5 Conduct yourselves20 with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunities. 4:6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer everyone.
Personal Greetings and Instructions
4:7 Tychicus, a dear brother, faithful minister, and fellow slave21 in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me.22 4:8 I sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are doing23 and that he may encourage your hearts. 4:9 I sent him24 with Onesimus, the faithful and dear brother, who is one of you.25 They will tell26 you about everything here.
4:10 Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends you greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions; if he comes to you, welcome him). 4:11 And Jesus who is called Justus also sends greetings. In terms of Jewish converts,27 these are the only fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a slave28 of Christ,29 greets you. He is always struggling in prayer on your behalf, so that you may stand mature and fully assured30 in all the will of God. 4:13 For I can testify that he has worked hard31 for you and for those in Laodicea and Hierapolis. 4:14 Our dear friend Luke the physician and Demas greet you. 4:15 Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters32 who are in Laodicea and to Nympha and the church that meets in her33 house.34 4:16 And after35 you have read this letter, have it read36 to the church of Laodicea. In turn, read the letter from Laodicea37 as well. 4:17 And tell Archippus, “See to it that you complete the ministry you received in the Lord.”
4:18 I, Paul, write this greeting by my own hand.38 Remember my chains.39 Grace be with you.40