Modern Literal Version

 [Colossians 4]4:1 The lords: provide* the just and the equal things to your* bondservants; knowing that you* also have a Lord in the heavens.

     4:2 Persevere* in your* prayer, watching in it in thanksgiving; 4:3 praying at the same time concerning us also, in order that God may open a door of the word to us, to speak the mystery of the Christ, because of which I have also been bound; 4:4 in order that I may manifest it, as it is essential for me to speak. 4:5 Walk* in wisdom toward those who are outside, buying up the time.4:6Let your* speech always be in gratitude, having been seasoned in salt, that you* may know how it is essential for you* to answer each one.

     4:7 Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful servant, and my fellow bondservant in the Lord will make all things known to you* from me; 4:8 whom I sent to you**for this same thing, in order that he might know about the things concerning you* and in order that he may comfort your*hearts; 4:9 together with Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one from you*. They will be making all things known to you* the things which are done here.

     4:10 Aristarchus my fellow captive greets you*, and Mark, the cousin to Barnabas (concerning whom you* received commandments; if he comes to you*, accept* him), 4:11 and Jesus who is called* Justus. These, being from the circumcision, are my only fellow workers in the kingdom of God, those who became a comfort to me. 4:12 Epaphras, a bondservant of Christ, the one from you*, greets you*. He is always fighting on your* behalf in his prayers, in order that you* might stand complete and having been fulfilled in all the will of God. 4:13 For* I am testifying of him, that he has much zeal on your* behalf, and those in Laodicea and those in Hierapolis. 4:14 Luke, the beloved physician and Demas greet you*. 4:15 Greet* the brethren who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the congregation* which is in his house.

     4:16 And whenever this letter is read before you*, do**forward it, in order that it should also be read in the congregation* of the Laodiceans, and in order that you* also should read the letter from Laodicea. 4:17 And say* to Archippus, Beware that the service which you received in the Lord, that* you should fulfill it.

     4:18 The greeting from me, Paul, with my own hand. Remember* my bonds. Grace is with you*. Amen.

     {NOTES: You should read the 'Definitions' Section and other non-bible sections.}

{{ Introduction to 1 & 2 Thessalonians 52-53 AD

    The letter sent to a congregation in Thessalonica apparently who had problems with the teachings previously given to them, which deals with what is typical, called the 'Second Coming.' They believed (wrongly) that Jesus was coming back 'like right now.' One thing that false religious groups and 'self-proclaimed' (false) prophets have taught us in the past 100 years or so is that no one knows when Jesus is coming back. Jesus did not even know. A very vivid picture is given of how the judgment, revelation of the Lord, Jesus' coming and the end occurs. Jesus and the messengers of God would come with a sound of a trumpet (common in Greek history as a call to battle, that everyone could hear it) in flaming fire. Christians will meet Jesus in the air 1Thessalonians 4:16-17, 'those who are not obeying...the sentence of everlasting utter-destruction' in 2Thessalonians 1:7-9. The warning that the 'man of sin' would come first, 1Thessalonians 2, Caesar Nero, (called 666 by John in Revelation 13:18) was a time that Christians would start suffering persecution from the hands of the Roman government. A quick 'to the point' conclusion in 2Thessalonians 3 and a commandment to stay away from those who do not teach 'the tradition received from us.' A commandment we hope all Christians will obey by not following the 'traditions of men' and so save themselves from the 'fire.'}}

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1999, 2014 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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