this ‘Framework' we use our usual text PLUS comment style to enable
you, as simply as possible, to catch the sense of his writing.
Because it is sometimes difficult to follow the flow
of a letter like this, we have added a synopsis of each chapter
& passage to help clarify where Paul is going with his writing.]
4 Synopsis: pray, take opportunities, speak well, ones
coming with this letter, greetings from and greetings to, and
some final instructions]
employers treat you employees rightly for God watches) Masters,
provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know
that you also have a Master in heaven.
Synopsis: make prayer the core of your life, pray for Paul, be
an opportunity-grabber and speak well]
is at the heart of your lives) Devote
yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
pray for us) And
pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so
that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in
(pray I will
be able to proclaim the message even though in prison) Pray
that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
(watch how you
treat outsiders, taking every opportunity to be Christ to them)
wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every
and wisely so as being able to respond to them well) Let
your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt,
so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Synopsis: the two who are coming with the letter, those sending
greetings, special greetings & final instructions]
The ones coming
Tychicus with this letter to inform you about us) Tychicus
will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful
minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I am sending him to you
for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances
and that he may encourage your hearts.
you know, will come with him and confirm it) He
is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is
one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here.
The ones sending greetings
you know also send greetings) My
fellow prisoner Aristarchus sends you his greetings, as does Mark,
the cousin of Barnabas. (You have received instructions about
him; if he comes to you, welcome him.)
(as does Justus)
Jesus, who is called Justus,
also sends greetings. These are the only Jews among my co-workers
for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me.
who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings.
He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm
in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. I vouch for
him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea
(as well as
Luke and Demas) Our
dear friend Luke, the doctor, and Demas send greetings.
To whom special greetings come and to whom this letter should
(pass on greetings
to those at Laodicea as well as the church in the home of Nympha)
my greetings to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha
and the church in her house.
send this letter on to Laodicea to be read) After
this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in
the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter
to fulfil his ministry) Tell
Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have
received in the Lord.”
(see, it's me
writing, pray for me here in prison and may God's grace be yours)
Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains.
Grace be with you.