"Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal."
A slave owner that did this would set his slaves free.
Does God approve of slavery?
Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing
that ye also have a Master in heaven.
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
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:||
That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.||
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.||
Let your speech be
always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to
answer every man.||
(4:6) "Let your speech be always with grace,
seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man."|
Should believers discuss their faith with non-believers?
All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother,
and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord:
Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your
estate, and comfort your hearts;
With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They
shall make known unto you all things which are done here.||
Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to
Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you,
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
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.||
For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that
are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.||
Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.||
Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church
which is in his house.||
(4:16) "Read the epistle from Laodicea."|
Apparently God intended to include the epistle from Laodicea in the Bible, but it was lost somewhere along the way. There were
several letters that claimed to be the lost epistle (and one of these was often included in
Latin medieval bibles), but they are
considered forgeries today (as is Colossians, itself, by many scholars).
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
And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received
in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with
- Epistle to the Laodiceans
- Epistle to the Laodiceans (English and Latin texts)