Colossians 4:2
New International Version
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

New Living Translation
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.

English Standard Version
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

Berean Study Bible
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful,

Berean Literal Bible
Continue steadfastly in prayer, watching in it, with thanksgiving,

New American Standard Bible
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;

King James Bible
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Christian Standard Bible
Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving.

Contemporary English Version
Never give up praying. And when you pray, keep alert and be thankful.

Good News Translation
Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving.

International Standard Version
Devote yourselves to prayer. Be alert and thankful when you pray.

NET Bible
Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.

New Heart English Bible
Continue steadfastly in prayer, watching in it with thanksgiving;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Persevere in prayer and be watching in it and giving thanks.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Keep praying. Pay attention when you offer prayers of thanksgiving.

New American Standard 1977
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Persevere in prayer and watch in the same with thanksgiving,

King James 2000 Bible
Continue in prayer, and watch in it with thanksgiving;

American King James Version
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

American Standard Version
Continue stedfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be instant in prayer; watching in it with thanksgiving:

Darby Bible Translation
Persevere in prayer, watching in it with thanksgiving;

English Revised Version
Continue stedfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving;

Webster's Bible Translation
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Weymouth New Testament
Be earnest and unwearied in prayer, being on the alert in it and in your giving of thanks.

World English Bible
Continue steadfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving;

Young's Literal Translation
In the prayer continue ye, watching in it in thanksgiving;
Study Bible
Fellow Workers
1Masters, supply your slaves with what is right and fair, since you know that you also have a Master in heaven. 2Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful, 3as 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.…
Cross References
Mark 13:33
Be on your guard and stay alert! For you do not know when the appointed time will come.

Acts 1:14
With one accord they all continued in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

Ephesians 6:18
Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.

Treasury of Scripture

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Continue.

Colossians 4:12
Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

Colossians 1:9
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

1 Samuel 12:23
Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:

See on

Luke 18:1
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Romans 12:12
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Ephesians 6:18
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

watch.

Matthew 26:41
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Mark 13:33
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

Luke 21:36
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

thanksgiving.

Colossians 2:7
Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Colossians 3:15,17
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful…







Lexicon
Devote yourselves
προσκαρτερεῖτε (proskartereite)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4342: To persist, persevere in, continue steadfast in; I wait upon.

to
Τῇ (Tē)
Article - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

prayer,
προσευχῇ (proseuchē)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4335: From proseuchomai; prayer; by implication, an oratory.

being watchful
γρηγοροῦντες (grēgorountes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1127: (a) I am awake (in the night), watch, (b) I am watchful, on the alert, vigilant. From egeiro; to keep awake, i.e. Watch.

[and]
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

thankful,
εὐχαριστίᾳ (eucharistia)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2169: Thankfulness, gratitude; giving of thanks, thanksgiving. From eucharistos; gratitude; actively, grateful language.
[7.Conclusion of the Epistle.

(1)FINAL EXHORTATION to prayer (especially for St. Paul himself), and to wisdom towards those without, both in deed and in word (Colossians 4:2-6).

(2)COMMENDATION of Tychicus and Onesimus (Colossians 4:7-9).

(3)SALUTATION from Aristarchus, Marcus, Justus, Epaphras, Luke, Demas (Colossians 4:10-14).

(4)CHARGE to this Church to exchange greetings and letters with the Laodicean Church, and special charge to Archippus (Colossians 4:15-17).

(5)FINAL SALUTATION (Colossians 4:18).]

(2-4) Comp. the almost exact parallel in Ephesians 6:18-20, and see Notes there.

Verses 2-6. - SECTION IX. PRAYER AND SOCIAL CONVERSE. There are added some brief exhortations of a more general tenor, the contents of which are summed up in the heading given to this section. Verse 2. - Continue steadfast in prayer, being watchful (or, wakeful) therein, with thanksgiving (Ephesians 6:18; Romans 12:12; Philippians 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 18; 1 Timothy 2:1; Luke 11:5-10; Luke 18:1-8; Luke 21:36; Acts 1:14; Acts 20:31; 1 Corinthians 16:13; 1 Peter 5:8; Matthew 26:41; Mark 14:38). "Steadfast continuance" in prayer is specially illustrated in our Lord's sayings on the subject in St. Luke (comp. Acts 1:14, where the same peculiar verb is used). In Philippians 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 18; 1 Timothy 2:l, again "thanksgiving" is associated with "prayer." Wakefulness in prayer is enjoined by Christ in Matthew 26:41 and Mark 14:38: compare the synonymous ἀγρυπνέω, to be sleepless, used in Ephesians 6:1, 2; Mark 13:33; Luke 21:36; Hebrews 13:17. "To be awake" is to be alive in the fullest sense, to have all the powers of perception and action in readiness. The activity of the soul in prayer is to be both energetic and incessant. "With [literally in, ἐν, not μετὰ, as in Ephesians 6:18] thanksgiving gives the pervading element or influence, in or under which the prayers of the Colossians were to be offered (comp. Colossians 1:12; Colossians 2:7; Colossians 3:15, 17). 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.
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