Colossians 4:4
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New International Version
Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.

New Living Translation
Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.

English Standard Version
that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.

New American Standard Bible
that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.

King James Bible
That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that I may reveal it as I am required to speak.

International Standard Version
May I reveal it as clearly as I should!

NET Bible
Pray that I may make it known as I should.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That I may reveal it and speak it just as I must.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Pray that I may make this mystery as clear as possible. This is what I have to do.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

King James 2000 Bible
That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

American King James Version
That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

American Standard Version
that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That I may make it manifest as I ought to speak.

Darby Bible Translation
to the end that I may make it manifest as I ought to speak.

English Revised Version
that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

Webster's Bible Translation
That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

Weymouth New Testament
Then I shall proclaim it fully, as it is my duty to do.

World English Bible
that I may reveal it as I ought to speak.

Young's Literal Translation
that I may manifest it, as it behoveth me to speak;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:2-6 No duties can be done aright, unless we persevere in fervent prayer, and watch therein with thanksgiving. The people are to pray particularly for their ministers. Believers are exhorted to right conduct towards unbelievers. Be careful in all converse with them, to do them good, and recommend religion by all fit means. Diligence in redeeming time, commends religion to the good opinion of others. Even what is only carelessness may cause a lasting prejudice against the truth. Let all discourse be discreet and seasonable, as becomes Christians. Though it be not always of grace, it must always be with grace. Though our discourse be of that which is common, yet it must be in a Christian manner. Grace is the salt which seasons our discourse, and keeps it from corrupting. It is not enough to answer what is asked, unless we answer aright also.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak (Ephesians 6:20; 2 Corinthians 2:17; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6; 2 Corinthians 5:11, 20-6:10; Romans 12:6; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; 2 Timothy 3:10; Acts 20:18-21, 27, 33-35). This clause qualifies the last; the "open door" is to be asked for the apostle, that he may make effective use of it. The mystery has been made manifest by God in the mission of Christ (Colossians 1:27; Colossians 2:15, note; 2 Corinthians 5:19, etc.); but that manifestation has to be made known to the Gentile world (Ephesians 3:9; 2 Corinthians 2:14; Romans 10:14). To this end he had received a special manifestation of "the mystery of Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:6; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Galatians 1:15, 16; Acts 9:15, 16; Acts 22:14, 15, 21; Acts 26:16-18). How the apostle conceives that he "ought to speak" appears from the parallel passages (see especially 2 Corinthians 5; 2 Corinthians 6; and Acts 20.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

That I may make it manifest,.... It being a mystery, a secret, which was hid in God from everlasting, and, during the legal dispensation, was wrapped up in types, and shadows, and sacrifices, and is still hidden unto the natural man. Wherefore the apostle was desirous of making it manifest in a ministerial way; for God only, by his Spirit, makes it manifest in a spiritual, experimental, and saving way.

As, says he,

I ought to speak. The Arabic version adds, "concerning it", the Gospel, the mystery of Christ. The apostle's meaning is, that he might deliver it with that clearness and evidence, and use that plainness of speech which became the Gospel, and him as a minister of it, and not ambiguous expressions, equivocal phrases, words of double meanings, on purpose to hide things from men, but by manifestation of the truth, to commend himself to every man's conscience in the sight of God. As also to speak it faithfully, declaring the whole counsel of God, keeping back nothing that might be profitable to the churches; and with all constancy and certainty, with all boldness and intrepidity of soul, and freedom of mind; not seeking to please men, aiming at vain glory, and popular applause, or being afraid of their faces, menaces, and reproaches.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. Alford thinks that Paul asks their prayers for his release as if it were the "only" way by which he could "make it (the Gospel) manifest" as he ought. But while this is included in their subject of prayer, Php 1:12, 13, written somewhat later in his imprisonment, clearly shows that "a door for the word" could be opened, and was opened, for its manifestation, even while he remained imprisoned (compare 2Ti 2:9).

Colossians 4:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Fellow Workers
3praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; 4that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. 5Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.…
Cross References
Ephesians 6:20
for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Colossians 4:5
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
Treasury of Scripture

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2 Corinthians 3:12 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

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