1 Masters, treat your servants justly and fairly; remember you have a Master of your own in heaven.
2 Attend to your prayers, maintain your zest for prayer by thanksgiving; 3 and pray for me as well, that God may give me an opening for the word, to speak of the open secret of Christ for which I am in custody. 4 Pray that I may unfold it as I should. 5 Let Christian wisdom rule your behaviour to the outside world; make the very most of your time; 6 let your talk always have a saving salt of grace about it, and learn how to answer any question put to you.
7 Tychicus, that beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow-servant in the Lord, will give you all information about me. 8 The reason why I am sending him to you is that he may ascertain how you are, and encourage your hearts. 9 He is accompanied by that faithful and beloved brother Onesimus, who is one of yourselves. They will inform you of all that goes on here.
10 Aristarchus my fellow-prisoner salutes you; so does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas, about whom you have got instructions (if he comes to you, give him a welcome); 11 and so does Jesus who is called Justus. These are the only comrades in the work of God's realm, belonging to the circumcised, who have been any comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of yourselves, salutes you ??a servant of Christ Jesus who is always earnest in prayer for you, that you may stand firm like mature and convinced Christians, whatever be the will of God for you. 13 I can testify to his exertions on your behalf and on behalf of those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. 14 Our beloved Luke, the doctor, salutes you; so does Demas. 15 Salute the brothers at Laodicea, also Nympha and the church which meets at her house. 16 And when this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans; also, see that you read the letter that reaches you from Laodicea. 17 And tell Archippus, 'Attend to the ministry you have received in the Lord; see that you fulfil it.'