Colossians 4:18
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New International Version
I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.

New Living Translation
Here is my greeting in my own handwriting--Paul. Remember my chains. May God's grace be with you.

English Standard Version
I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.

Berean Study Bible
This greeting is in my own hand--Paul. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.

Berean Literal Bible
The greeting is in the own hand--Paul. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.

New American Standard Bible
I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my imprisonment. Grace be with you.

King James Bible
The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This greeting is in my own hand--Paul. Remember my imprisonment. Grace be with you.

International Standard Version
This greeting is written with my own signature —"Paul." Remember that I remain imprisoned. May grace be with you! Amen.

NET Bible
I, Paul, write this greeting by my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.

New Heart English Bible
The salutation of me, Paul, with my own hand: remember my bonds. Grace be with you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
This greeting is in my own hand, who am Paulus. Remember my imprisonment. Grace be with you. Amen.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I, Paul, am writing this greeting with my own hand. Remember that I'm a prisoner. God's good will be with you.

New American Standard 1977
I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my imprisonment. Grace be with you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

King James 2000 Bible
The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

American King James Version
The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

American Standard Version
The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The salutation of Paul with my own hand. Be mindful of my bands. Grace be with you. Amen

Darby Bible Translation
The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace [be] with you.

English Revised Version
The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you.

Webster's Bible Translation
The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

Weymouth New Testament
I Paul add with my own hand this final greeting. Be mindful of me in my imprisonment. Grace be with you.

World English Bible
The salutation of me, Paul, with my own hand: remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

Young's Literal Translation
The salutation by the hand of me, Paul; remember my bonds; the grace is with you. Amen.
Study Bible
Sharing This Letter
17Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.” 18This greeting is in my own hand — Paul. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.
Cross References
Romans 16:22
I, Tertius, who wrote down this letter, greet you in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 16:21
This greeting is in my own hand--Paul.

Philippians 1:7
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart. For in my chains and in my defense and confirmation of the gospel, you are all partners in grace with me.

Colossians 4:3
as you pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.

1 Timothy 6:21
which some have professed and thus swerved away from the faith. Grace be with you all.

2 Timothy 4:22
The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you all.

Titus 3:15
All who are with me send you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with all of you.

Hebrews 13:3
Remember those in prison as if you were bound with them, and those who are mistreated as if you were suffering with them.

Hebrews 13:25
Grace be with all of you.
Treasury of Scripture

The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

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1 Corinthians 16:21 The salutation of me Paul with my own hand.

2 Thessalonians 3:17 The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is the token in every …

Remember.

2 Timothy 1:8 Be not you therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of …

Hebrews 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which …

Grace. See on

Romans 16:20,24 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. …

2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the …

1 Timothy 6:21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.

2 Timothy 4:22 The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.

Hebrews 13:25 Grace be with you all. Amen.

CONCLUDING REMARKS ON THE EPISTLE TO THE COLOSSIANS.

Colosse was a large and populous city of Phrygia Pacatiana, in Asia Minor, seated on an eminence to the south of the river Meander. It is supposed to have occupied a site now covered with ruins, near the village of Konous or Khonas, and about twenty miles N.W. of Degnizlu. By whom, or at what time, the church at Colosse was founded is wholly uncertain; but it would appear from the apostle's declaration, ch. ii.

Colossians 4:1 Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal; knowing …

Colossians 4:3 With praying also for us, that God would open to us a door of utterance, …

(18) The salutation by the hand of me Paul.--Comp. 2Thessalonians 3:17, "The salutation by the hand of me Paul, which is the token in every Epistle." This invariable autograph salutation was "Grace be with you" in various forms, from the brevity of the text here to the fulness of 2Corinthians 1:2, which has become the universal Christian blessing. In different epistles it is associated with different phrases of blessing; or charge. Thus we read in 1Corinthians 16:22, "If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema." In the Epistle to the Galatians the autograph conclusion is expanded into a long postscript (Galatians 6:11-18). This may have been the case in the cognate conclusion (2 Corinthians 10-13) of the Second Epistle to the Corinthians, possibly from the words, "Now I Paul myself," &c. Here there is the simple and touching addition--

Remember my bonds.--In what spirit they were to be remembered we may gather from Ephesians 3:13; Ephesians 6:20; Philippians 1:13; Philippians 2:17. St. Paul evidently does not disdain to use his captivity as an appeal for sympathy (see Philemon 1:9); but mainly he dwells on it as a "glory" both to himself and to his converts. In both these different aspects it may be that he regarded it himself, according as he looked upon it "after the flesh" in the natural feeling of humanity, or "after the spirit," in the higher power of the grace of God.

Verse 18. - The salutation with mine own hand - of Paul (2 Thessalonians 3:17, 18; 1 Corinthians 16:21-24; Galatians 6:11-18). So the apostle appends his authenticating signature to the letter, written, as usual, by his amanuensis, himself inscribing these last words (see parallel passages). The Epistle to Philemon he appears to have penned himself throughout (Philemon 1:19). Remember my bonds (Colossians 1:24; Philemon 1:9, 13; Ephesians 3:1, 13; Ephesians 4:1; Ephesians 6:20; 2 Timothy 2:9). This pathetic postscript is thoroughly characteristic (comp. Galatians 6:17). Grace be with you; literally, the grace (comp. Colossians 3:16). The apostle's final benediction in all his Epistles; here in its briefest form, as in 1 and 2 Timothy. In the Ephesian benediction "grace" is also used absolutely. 2 Corinthians 13:14 gives the formula in its full liturgical amplitude.



The salutation by the hand of me Paul,.... After his amanuensis had finished the epistle, he added his usual salutation to it with his own hand, to prevent all counterfeits and impositions, and that the churches to whom he wrote might be sure of the genuineness of his epistles; but before he added it to it, he either wrote with his own hand, or ordered to be written the following words,

remember my bonds; this he says, partly that they might be animated to abide by the Gospel, for which, as he had told them before, Colossians 4:3 that he was in bonds; and partly to encourage them, by his example, patiently to endure what afflictions and persecutions soever they should meet with, for the sake of it; as also that they might be moved hereby, to remember him in their prayers, that, if it was the will of God, he might be released, and be yet further useful in preaching the Gospel; or however, that he might be supported in his bonds, and cheerfully bear them, and remain steadfast in his faith in Christ unto the end: and then follows the salutation,

grace be with you, Amen; which is common to all his epistles, and well suits them; in which he so much displays the grace of God, as it is expressed in the Gospel; and which his heart was full of, and earnestly desired might be more largely manifested to, and bestowed upon the saints. This epistle is said to be

written from Rome to the Colossians, by Tychicus and Onesimus; and though the subscriptions of the epistles are not always to be depended on, yet this seems to be right; that it was inscribed to the Colossians, there is no doubt; and that it was written from Rome is clear enough, since by several expressions it is plain that he was now a prisoner, and in bonds; and that it was sent by Tychicus and Onesimus is more than probable, from Colossians 4:7. 18. Paul's autograph salutation (so 1Co 16:21; 2Th 3:17), attesting that the preceding letter, though written by an amanuensis, is from himself.

Remember my bonds—Already in this chapter he had mentioned his "bonds" (Col 4:3), and again Col 4:10, an incentive why they should love and pray (Col 4:3) for him; and still more, that they should, in reverential obedience to his monitions in this Epistle, shrink from the false teaching herein stigmatized, remembering what a conflict (Col 2:1) he had in their behalf amidst his bonds. "When we read of his chains, we should not forget that they moved over the paper as he wrote; his [right] hand was chained to the [left hand of the] soldier who kept him" [Alford].

Grace be with you—Greek, "THE grace" which every Christian enjoys in some degree, and which flows from God in Christ by the Holy Ghost (Tit 3:15; Heb 13:25) 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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