1 Masters, you must practice doing the right and square things by your slaves, for you know that you have a Master in heaven.
2 You must persevere in prayer and by this means stay wide awake when you give thanks. 3 At the same time keep on praying for me too, that God may open the door of opportunity for the message, so that I may tell the open secret about Christ, for the sake of which I am held a prisoner, 4 in order to make it evident why I have to tell it. 5 Practice living prudently in your relations with outsiders, making the most of your opportunities. 6 Always let your conversation be seasoned with salt, that is, with winsomeness, so that you may know how to make a fitting answer to everyone.
7 My dearly loved Tychicus, a faithful minister and my fellow-servant in the Lord's work, will tell you all about me. 8 I am sending him to you for the express purpose of letting you know my circumstances, and of cheering your hearts; 9 he is accompanied by Onesimus, a faithful and dearly loved brother, who is one of your own number. They will tell you everything that is going on here.
10 Aristarchus, my fellow-prisoner, wishes to be remembered to you; and so does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas; if he comes to see you, give him a hearty welcome. 11 So does Jesus who is called Justus. These are the only converts from Judaism that are fellow-workers with me here for the kingdom of God, who have proved a real comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, one of your own number, a slave of Christ Jesus, wishes to be remembered to you. He is always earnestly pleading for you in his prayers that you may stand fast as men mature and of firm convictions in everything required by the will of God. 13 For I can testify how great his toiling for you is and for the brothers in Laodicea and Hierapolis. 14 Our dearly loved Luke, the physician, and Demas, wish to be remembered to you. 15 Remember me to the brothers in Laodicea and to Nympha and the church that meets at her house. 16 When this letter has been read to you, have it read to the church at Laodicea too, and see to it that you too read the one that is coming from Laodicea. 17 And tell Archippus, "See to it that you continue until you fill full your ministry which you received in the Lord's work."