Colossians 4:1
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New International Version
Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.

New Living Translation
Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master--in heaven.

English Standard Version
Masters, treat your bondservants justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

New American Standard Bible
Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.

King James Bible
Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Masters, supply your slaves with what is right and fair, since you know that you too have a Master in heaven.

International Standard Version
Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.

NET Bible
Masters, treat your slaves with justice and fairness, because you know that you also have a master in heaven.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Masters, practice equality and justice with your Servants and be aware that you also have a Master in Heaven.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Masters, be just and fair to your slaves because you know that you also have a master in heaven.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Masters, do that which is just and right with your slaves, knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

King James 2000 Bible
Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

American King James Version
Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

American Standard Version
Masters, render unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Masters, do to your servants that which is just and equal: knowing that you also have a master in heaven.

Darby Bible Translation
Masters, give to bondmen what is just and fair, knowing that *ye* also have a Master in [the] heavens.

English Revised Version
Masters, render unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

Webster's Bible Translation
Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

Weymouth New Testament
Masters, deal justly and equitably with your slaves, knowing that you too have a Master in Heaven.

World English Bible
Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

Young's Literal Translation
The masters! that which is righteous and equal to the servants give ye, having known that ye also have a Master in the heavens.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:1 The apostle proceeds with the duty of masters to their servants. Not only justice is required of them, but strict equity and kindness. Let them deal with servants as they expect God should deal with themselves.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - (See Ch 3.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Masters, give unto your servants,.... This verse properly belongs to the preceding chapter, with which it should have been concluded. It is indeed strange, that those who made the division of chapters and verses should separate this from the former chapter, to which it so manifestly belongs, and begin a new one with it, when it has no connection with what follows; for the apostle having observed the duty of servants to their masters, proceeds to direct masters to the discharge of their duty to their servants, by giving them

that which is just and equal: proper food and raiment, which is sufficient and fitting for them; the wages due unto them by law or contract; using them with gentleness and humanity, taking care of them when under affliction, and in sickness; encouraging the diligent and laborious by an addition to their salaries; correcting the disobedient within just bounds, not with too much rigour and severity; and carrying it with an even hand to all, not preferring or indulging one before another, without any reason:

knowing that ye also have a master in heaven: See Gill on Ephesians 6:9.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 4

Col 4:1-18. Exhortations Continued. To Prayer: Wisdom in Relation to the Unconverted: As to the Bearers of the Epistle, Tychicus and Onesimus: Closing Salutations.

1. give—Greek "render": literally, "afford."

equal—that is, as the slaves owe their duties to you, so you equally owe to them your duties as masters. Compare "ye masters do the same things" (see on [2430]Eph 6:9). Alford translates, "fairness," "equity," which gives a large and liberal interpretation of justice in common matters (Phm 16).

knowing—(Col 3:24).

ye also—as well as they.

Colossians 4:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Fellow Workers
1Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven. 2Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;…
Cross References
Leviticus 25:43
Do not rule over them ruthlessly, but fear your God.

Ephesians 6:9
And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him.
Treasury of Scripture

Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

give.

Leviticus 19:13 You shall not defraud your neighbor, neither rob him…

Leviticus 25:39-43 And if your brother that dwells by you be waxen poor, and be sold …

Deuteronomy 15:12-15 And if your brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold to …

Deuteronomy 24:14,15 You shall not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy, whether …

Nehemiah 5:5-13 Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brothers, our children as …

Job 24:11,12 Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and …

Job 31:13-15 If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, …

Isaiah 58:3,5-9 Why have we fasted, say they, and you see not? why have we afflicted …

Jeremiah 34:9-17 That every man should let his manservant, and every man his maidservant, …

Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness …

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; …

James 5:4 Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, …

ye.

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of …

Matthew 23:8,9 But be not you called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; …

Matthew 24:48-51 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delays …

Luke 16:1-13 And he said also to his disciples, There was a certain rich man, …

Luke 19:15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the …

Ephesians 6:8,9 Knowing that whatever good thing any man does, the same shall he …

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: …

Revelation 19:16 And he has on his clothing and on his thigh a name written, KING …

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