Jeremiah 10:1–11:23; Colossians 3:18–4:18; Psalm 78:56-72; Proverbs 24:28-29
Wives – Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
Husbands – Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
Children – Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
Fathers – Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
Servants – Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: and whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
Masters – Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. – Colossians 3:18-4:1
Redeeming the Time
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 alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. – Colossians 4:2-6
Tychicus – 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;
Onesimus – with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.Colossians 4:7-9
Aristarchus – Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you,
Marcus – and Marcus, sister’s son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;)
Jesus, Which is Called Justus – 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.
Epaphras – 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 – Luke, the beloved physician,
Demas – and Demas, greet you.
The Brethren – Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea,
Nymphas – and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house. 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.
Archippus – And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it. – Colossians 4:7-17
Remember My Bonds
The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen. Written from Rome to the Colossians by Tychicus and Onesimus. – Colossians 4:18
That I May Perform the Oath
The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Hear ye the words of this covenant, and speak unto the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant, which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God: that I may perform the oath which I have sworn unto your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day. Then answered I, and said, So be it, O LORD. – Jeremiah 11:1-5
What Hath My Beloved to Do in Mine House?
Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble. What hath my beloved to do in mine house, seeing she hath wrought lewdness with many, and the holy flesh is passed from thee? when thou doest evil, then thou rejoicest. The LORD called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken. For the LORD of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke me to anger in offering incense unto Baal. – Jeremiah 11:14-17
He Fed and Guided
So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; And guided them by the skilfulness of his hands. – Psalm 78:72
God Will Render to the Man According to His Work
Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work. – Proverbs 24:29