2 Be persevering in prayer,+ remaining awake in it with thanksgiving,+ 3 at the same time praying also for us,+ that God may open a door+ of utterance to us, to speak the sacred secret+ about the Christ, for which, in fact, I am in prison bonds;+ 4 so that I shall make it manifest as I ought to speak.+
5 Go on walking in wisdom toward those on the outside,+ buying out the opportune+ time for yourselves. 6 Let YOUR utterance be always with graciousness,*+ seasoned with salt,+ so as to know how YOU ought to give an answer+ to each one.
7 All my affairs Tych′i·cus,+ [my] beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow slave in [the] Lord, will make known to YOU. 8 For the very purpose of YOUR knowing the things having to do with us and that he may comfort YOUR hearts,+ I am sending him to YOU 9 along with O·nes′i·mus,+ my faithful and beloved brother, who is from among YOU. All the things here they will make known to YOU.
10 Ar·is·tar′chus+ my fellow captive sends YOU his greetings, and so does Mark+ the cousin of Bar′na·bas, (concerning whom YOU received commands to welcome+ him if ever he comes to YOU,) 11 and Jesus who is called Justus, these being of those circumcised.* Only these are my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and these very ones have become a strengthening aid to me. 12 Ep′a·phras,+ who is from among YOU, a slave of Christ Jesus, sends YOU his greetings, always exerting himself in YOUR behalf in [his] prayers, that YOU may finally stand complete+ and with firm conviction in all the will of God. 13 I indeed bear him witness that he puts himself to great effort in behalf of YOU and of those at La·o·di·ce′a+ and of those at Hi·e·rap′o·lis.
14 Luke+ the beloved physician* sends YOU his greetings, and so does De′mas.+ 15 Give my greetings to the brothers at La·o·di·ce′a and to Nym′pha and to the congregation at her house.+ 16 And when this letter has been read among YOU, arrange that it also be read+ in the congregation of the La·o·di·ce′ans and that YOU also read the one from La·o·di·ce′a. 17 Also, tell Ar·chip′pus:+ “Keep watching the ministry which you accepted in [the] Lord, that you fulfill it.”