Colossians 4:6
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New International Version
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

New Living Translation
Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.

English Standard Version
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Berean Study Bible
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Berean Literal Bible
Let your speech be always in grace, having been seasoned with salt, to know how it behooves you to answer each one.

New American Standard Bible
Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.

King James Bible
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.

International Standard Version
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.

NET Bible
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer everyone.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And your words should always be with grace, as if seasoned with salt, and be aware how it is appropriate for you to answer each man.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Everything you say should be kind and well thought out so that you know how to answer everyone.

New American Standard 1977
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let your word be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer each one.

King James 2000 Bible
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.

American King James Version
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.

American Standard Version
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer each one.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let your speech be always in grace seasoned with salt: that you may know how you ought to answer every man.

Darby Bible Translation
[Let] your word [be] always with grace, seasoned with salt, [so as] to know how ye ought to answer each one.

English Revised Version
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer each one.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Weymouth New Testament
Let your language be always seasoned with the salt of grace, so that you may know how to give every man a fitting answer.

World English Bible
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Young's Literal Translation
your word always in grace -- with salt being seasoned -- to know how it behoveth you to answer each one.
Study Bible
Fellow Workers
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. 7Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a beloved brother, a faithful minister, and a fellow servant in the Lord.…
Word Study

You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

From lego; something said; by implication, a topic, also reasoning or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, the Divine Expression.

[be] always
pantote (Adv)
Always, at all times, ever. From pas and hote; every when, i.e. At all times.

In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; "in, " at, on, by, etc.

From chairo; graciousness, of manner or act.

having been seasoned
ērtymenos (V-RPM/P-NMS)
Prop: I arrange, make ready; I season, flavor. From a presumed derivative of airo; to prepare, i.e. Spice.

with salt,
halati (N-DNS)
Salt. From hals; salt; figuratively, prudence.

To know, remember, appreciate.

Adverb from the base of pou; an interrogative particle of manner; in what way?; also as exclamation, how much!

it behooves
dei (V-PIA-3S)
Third person singular active present of deo; also deon deh-on'; neuter active participle of the same; both used impersonally; it is Necessary.

You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

From apo and krino; to conclude for oneself, i.e. to respond; by Hebraism to begin to speak.

Each (of more than two), every one. As if a superlative of hekas; each or every.

One. (including the neuter Hen); a primary numeral; one.

All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

the things
Ta (Art-ANP)
The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

concerning
kat’ (Prep)
A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined).

I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

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.
Cross References
Ezekiel 43:24
'You shall present them before the LORD, and the priests shall throw salt on them, and they shall offer them up as a burnt offering to the LORD.

Matthew 12:35
The good man brings good things out of his good store of treasure, and the evil man brings evil things out of his evil store of treasure.

Mark 9:50
Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, with what will you season it? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with one another."

Ephesians 4:29
Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building up the one in need and bringing grace to those who listen.

1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to articulate a defense to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But respond with gentleness and respect,
Treasury of Scripture

Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.

your.

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

Deuteronomy 6:6,7 And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart…

Deuteronomy 11:19 And you shall teach them your children, speaking of them when you …

1 Chronicles 16:24 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvelous works among all nations.

Psalm 37:30,31 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of judgment…

Psalm 40:9,10 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: see, I have …

Psalm 45:2 You are fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into your …

Psalm 66:16 Come and hear, all you that fear God, and I will declare what he …

Psalm 71:15-18,23,24 My mouth shall show forth your righteousness and your salvation all …

Psalm 78:3,4 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us…

Psalm 105:2 Sing to him, sing psalms to him: talk you of all his wondrous works.

Psalm 119:13,46 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of your mouth…

Proverbs 10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

Proverbs 15:4,7 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is …

Proverbs 16:21-24 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the …

Proverbs 22:17,18 Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your …

Proverbs 25:11,12 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver…

Ecclesiastes 10:12 The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool …

Malachi 3:16-18 Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the …

Matthew 12:34,35 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? …

Luke 4:22 And all bore him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which …

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that …

seasoned.

Leviticus 2:13 And every oblation of your meat offering shall you season with salt…

2 Kings 2:20-22 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they …

Matthew 5:13 You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his flavor, …

Mark 9:50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltiness, with which …

how.

Proverbs 26:4,5 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like to him…

Luke 20:20-40 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves …

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts…

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