Colossians 4:13
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New International Version
I vouch for him that he is working hard for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis.

New Living Translation
I can assure you that he prays hard for you and also for the believers in Laodicea and Hierapolis.

English Standard Version
For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis.

Berean Study Bible
For I testify about him that he goes to great pains for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis.

Berean Literal Bible
For I bear witness to him that he has great concern for you and those in Laodicea and those in Hierapolis.

New American Standard Bible
For I testify for him that he has a deep concern for you and for those who are in Laodicea and Hierapolis.

King James Bible
For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For I testify about him that he works hard for you, for those in Laodicea, and for those in Hierapolis.

International Standard Version
For I can testify on his behalf that he has a deep concern for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis.

NET Bible
For I can testify that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and Hierapolis.

New Heart English Bible
For I testify about him, that he has worked hard for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for those in Hierapolis.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For I testify about him that he has great zeal for your sake and for those who are in Laidiqia and in Aerapolis.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I assure you that he works hard for you and the people in Laodicea and Hierapolis.

New American Standard 1977
For I bear him witness that he has a deep concern for you and for those who are in Laodicea and Hierapolis.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I bear witness of him, that he has a great zeal for you and those that are in Laodicea and those in Hierapolis.

King James 2000 Bible
For I bear him witness, that he has a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea and them in Hierapolis.

American King James Version
For I bear him record, that he has a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.

American Standard Version
For I bear him witness, that he hath much labor for you, and for them in Laodicea, and for them in Hierapolis.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I bear him testimony that he hath much labour for you, and for them that are at Laodicea, and them at Hierapolis.

Darby Bible Translation
For I bear him witness that he labours much for you, and them in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.

English Revised Version
For I bear him witness, that he hath much labour for you, and for them in Laodicea, and for them in Hierapolis.

Webster's Bible Translation
For I bear him testimony, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.

Weymouth New Testament
For I can bear witness to the deep interest he takes in you and in the brethren at Laodicea and in those at Hierapolis.

World English Bible
For I testify about him, that he has great zeal for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for those in Hierapolis.

Young's Literal Translation
for I do testify to him, that he hath much zeal for you, and those in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis.
Study Bible
Final Greetings
12Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, so that you may stand mature and fully assured in the full will of God. 13For I testify about him that he goes to great pains for you and for those at Laodicea and Hierapolis. 14Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas send you greetings.…
Cross References
Colossians 2:1
I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me face to face,

Colossians 4:15
Greet the brothers in Laodicea, as well as Nympha and the church that meets at her house.

Colossians 4:16
After this letter has been read among you, make sure that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.
Treasury of Scripture

For I bear him record, that he has a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.

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2 Corinthians 8:3 For to their power, I bear record, yes, and beyond their power they …

Laodicea. Laodicea and Hierapolis were both cities of Phrygia in Asia Minor, between which, and equidistant from each, was situated Colosse. Laodicea was seated near the Lycus, about

Colossians 4:15,16 Salute the brothers which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the …

Colossians 2:1 For I would that you knew what great conflict I have for you, and …

Revelation 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What you …

Revelation 3:14-18 And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things …

(13) On the natural union of Laodicea and Hierapolis with Coloss, partly local and historical, partly, no doubt, having reference to their conversion by the same instrumentality (of Epaphras), see Note on Colossians 2:1 and Introduction. Epaphras is said to have great "zeal" (properly, great labour) of anxiety--finding vent in the wrestling in prayer noted above--for all three cities, for which he evidently still felt himself responsible. In such responsibility, as in the charges of Timothy and Titus, we see the link between the apostolate of this period and the episcopacy of the future.

Verse 13. - For I hear witness to him that he hath much labour (πὸνον for ζῆλον, Revised Text) for you (Colossians 1:29; Colossians 2:1; Philippians 2:19-23; 1 Thessalonians 5:12, 13; 1 Timothy 5:17; 1 Corinthians 16:15, 16). Πόνος occurs in the New Testament besides only in Revelation 16:10, 11 and Revelation 21:4, where it means "pain;" in classical Greek it implies "painful, distressful exertion" (comp. κοπιῶ, Colossians 1:29). It indicates the deep anxiety of Epaphras for this beloved and endangered Church. There is nothing here to point to "outward toil" (Lightfoot), any more than in Colossians 2:1. The apostle loves to commend his fellow labourers (Colossians 1:7; Philippians 2:20-22, 25, 26; 2 Corinthians 8:16-23). And for those in Laodicea and those in Hierapolis (vers. 15-17; Colossians 2:1). The Church in Hierapolis is added to that of Laodicea, singled out in Colossians 2:1 as a special object of the apostle's concern (on these cities, see Introduction, § 1). Whether Epaphras were the official head of these Churches or not, he could not but be deeply concerned in their welfare. Ver. 17 indicates the existence of a personal link between the Churches of Colossus and of Laodicea. For I bear him record,.... The apostle was an eye and ear witness of his fervent prayers, his labour of love, and zealous affection for these saints and others; and therefore, as he judged he ought, he bears a testimony for him,

that he hath a great zeal for you; for their spiritual welfare, that the Gospel might continue with them, and they in that, against false teachers, and their attempts to subvert them; that they might grow in the grace of the Gospel, and walk worthy of it, and be at peace among themselves:

and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis; cities in Phrygia, which lay near to Colosse, the one being situated by the river Lycus, and the other by the Maeander; here were many believers, for whom Epaphras had a like zeal and affections as for the Colossians, and to whom very likely he had been useful, either in conversion or edification, or both. The apostle takes no notice to the Colossians of Epaphras being his fellow prisoner, as, he does in his epistle to Plm 1:23 it may be for this reason, lest they should be over much distressed and cast down with it. 13. a great zeal—The oldest manuscripts and Vulgate have "much labor."

for you—lest you should be seduced (Col 2:4); a motive why you should be anxious for yourselves.

them that are in Laodicea … Hierapolis—churches probably founded by Epaphras, as the Church in Colosse was. Laodicea, called from Laodice, queen of Antiochus II, on the river Lycus, was, according to the subscription to First Timothy, "the chiefest city of Phrygia Pacatiana" (1Ti 6:21). All the three cities were destroyed by an earthquake in A.D. 62 [Tacitus, Annals, 14.27]. Hierapolis was six Roman miles north of Laodicea.4:10-18 Paul had differed with Barnabas, on the account of this Mark, yet he is not only reconciled, but recommends him to the churches; an example of a truly Christian and forgiving spirit. If men have been guilty of a fault, it must not always be remembered against them. We must forget as well as forgive. The apostle had comfort in the communion of saints and ministers. One is his fellow-servant, another his fellow-prisoner, and all his fellow-workers, working out their own salvation, and endeavouring to promote the salvation of others. The effectual, fervent prayer is the prevailing prayer, and availeth much. The smiles, flatteries, or frowns of the world, the spirit of error, or the working of self-love, leads many to a way of preaching and living which comes far short of fulfilling their ministry. But those who preach the same doctrine as Paul, and follow his example, may expect the Divine favour and blessing.
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