Daily Bible Reading (Tuesday, September 12th)


Colossians 4 (ESV)


Masters, treat your bondservants[a] justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

Further Instructions

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Final Greetings

Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant[b] in the Lord. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts,and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here.

10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him), 11 and Jesus who is called Justus. These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis. 14 Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does Demas. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers[c] at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. 16 And when this 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. 17 And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.”

18 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.


  1. Colossians 4:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for servant in verse 12
  2. Colossians 4:7 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word sundoulos, see Preface
  3. Colossians 4:15 Or brothers and sisters


Praying that the Lord would help me and all the rest of us clear in presenting the gospel as we ought to speak. So often we get sidetracked off on other issues and never make the gospel clear. #210needstoknow

In remembrance of the apostle Paul's chains, I am grateful for the power of the gospel and what it has fulfilled in giving us these divine texts through Christ our Lord. Verses 2-6 resonated with me. Verse 6 particularly with family members as I can get overly passionate and use an overtone that can be unattractive in a sense. Father forgive me when I seem abrupt in speech at times. Especially with those very close to me. Keep me focused with gentleness and respect, especially when conveying Your Truth.

Verse 18 "I Paul write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains...". I often wonder if the apostle Paul knew the impact his letters would have some 2000 years after he penned them. What joy he must have had upon hearing, "Well done, good and faithful servant. "

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