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]
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]
(ensure prayer is at
the heart of your lives) Devote
yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
(and please pray for
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)
Be wise in
the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
(speak kindly 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
(I'm sending 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.
(Onesimus, who 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
(two others 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.
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
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)
Give my greetings
to the brothers and sisters at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the
church in her house.
(afterwards, 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)
I, Paul, write
this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with