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

New Living Translation
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.

English Standard Version
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.

Berean Study Bible
Act wisely toward outsiders, redeeming the time.

Berean Literal Bible
Walk in wisdom toward those outside, redeeming the time.

New American Standard Bible
Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.

King James Bible
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time.

International Standard Version
Behave wisely toward outsiders, making the best use of your time.

NET Bible
Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunities.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders and buy your opportunities.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be wise in the way you act toward those who are outside [the Christian faith]. Make the most of your opportunities.

New American Standard 1977
Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Walk in wisdom towards outsiders, winning the occasion.

King James 2000 Bible
Walk in wisdom toward them that are outsiders, redeeming the time.

American King James Version
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

American Standard Version
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Walk with wisdom towards them that are without, redeeming the time.

Darby Bible Translation
Walk in wisdom towards those without, redeeming opportunities.

English Revised Version
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

Webster's Bible Translation
Walk in wisdom towards them that are without, redeeming the time.

Weymouth New Testament
Behave wisely in relation to the outside world, buying up your opportunities.

World English Bible
Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.

Young's Literal Translation
in wisdom walk ye toward those without, the time forestalling;
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Fellow Workers
4Pray that I may declare it clearly, as I should. 5Act wisely toward outsiders, redeeming the time. 6Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.…
Cross References
Mark 4:11
And He told them, "The mystery of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to those on the outside, everything is expressed in parables,

Ephesians 5:15
Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,

Ephesians 5:16
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

1 Thessalonians 4:12
Then you will behave properly toward outsiders, without being dependent on anyone.
Treasury of Scripture

Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

Walk.

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching …

Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you …

Romans 16:19 For your obedience is come abroad to all men. I am glad therefore …

1 Corinthians 14:19-25 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, …

Ephesians 5:15-17 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise…

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all …

James 3:13,17 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show …

them.

1 Corinthians 5:12,13 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not …

1 Thessalonians 4:12 That you may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that …

1 Timothy 3:7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest …

1 Peter 3:1 Likewise, you wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, …

redeeming. See on

Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

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