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1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. 2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; 3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: 4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. 7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord: 8 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts; 9 With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here. 10 Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) 11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis. 14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you. 15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house. 16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. 17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it. 18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

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1 Sarah R = "Paul's faith and perseverance is evident in this verse. He is in prison for sharing his faith about Jesus Christ, and yet he asks the believers to pray for more opportunities to continue sharing his faith!! I heard about a Christian pastor in the Middle East who was arrested and imprisoned for years for believing in Jesus and sharing his faith with us. While in prison, he had the opportunity to share Jesus with his fellow prisoners - and he praised God for it!! It is while under fire that true faith is tested and proven."
2 Cary W = "True wisdom in our hearts emerges from our lips with seasoning, grace and kind responses. Wisdom also knows how to answer every persons heart calls.  Oh we beseech thee wisdom, come adorn us and be to us our most desired treasure."
3 Deena E = "Yes, Cary! You are spot on. What does Paul mean by "redeeming the time?" I think the phrase means buying or occupying that moment in time. "Walking in wisdom towards them that are without" refers to being wise in our speech, actions, demeanor toward unbelievers. I would guess that encounters with un-Christ-like Christians make up for a large percentage of people turning away from Christ. We have to check ourselves all the time and seek God's wisdom."