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The Access Bible New Revised Standard Bible, written and edited with first-time Bible readers in mind.

Chapter 4

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20Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is your acceptable duty in the Lord. 21Fathers, do not provoke your children, or they may lose heart. 22Slaves, obey your earthly masters h In Greek the same word is used for master and Lord in everything, not only while being watched and in order to please them, but wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. h In Greek the same word is used for master and Lord 23Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, i Gk not for men 24since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve j Or you are slaves of, or be slaves of the Lord Christ. 25For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong has been done, and there is no partiality. 1Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, for you know that you also have a Master in heaven.

2Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. 3At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, 4so that I may reveal it clearly, as I should.

5Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. k Or opportunity 6Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.

7Tychicus will tell you all the news about me; he is a beloved brother, a faithful minister, and a fellow servant l Gk slave in the Lord. 8I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know how we are m Other authorities read that I may know how you are and that he may encourage your hearts; 9he is coming with Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you about everything here.

10Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, as does Mark the cousin of Barnabas, concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him. 11And Jesus who is called Justus greets you. These are the only ones of the circumcision among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. 12Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant a Gk slave of Christ Jesus, greets you. He is always wrestling in his prayers on your behalf, so that you may stand mature and fully assured in everything that God wills. 13For I testify for him that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis. 14Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas greet you. 15Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters b Gk brothers in Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. 16And when this letter has been read among you, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you read also the letter from Laodicea. 17And say to Archippus, “See that you complete the task that you have received in the Lord.”

18I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. c Other ancient authorities add Amen

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h In Greek the same word is used for master and Lord

i Gk not for men

j Or you are slaves of, or be slaves of

k Or opportunity

l Gk slave

m Other authorities read that I may know how you are

a Gk slave

b Gk brothers

c Other ancient authorities add Amen

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