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.

King James Bible
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye 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.

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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt - Let it be such as has a tendency to oppose and preserve from the corruption of sin. The rabbins say: "He who, in prayer, omits any word, should begin again at the beginning; for he who does not is like boiled pottage, in which there is no salt." Berachoth, fol. 34, 1. Let all your conversation be such as may tend to exemplify and recommend Christianity; let it not only be holy, but wise, gracious, and intelligent. A harsh method of proposing or defending the doctrines of Christianity only serves to repel men from those doctrines, and from the way of salvation. Salt, from its use in preserving food from corruption, and rendering it both savoury and wholesome, has always been made the emblem of wisdom. The word has been also used to express in composition or conversation what is terse, comprehensive, useful, elegant, and impressive. The term Attic salt has been used to express some of the principal beauties of the Greek tongue; of such beauties the Gospel of Christ has an endless store. See on Matthew 5:13 (note), and Mark 9:50 (note).

How ye ought to answer every man - That your discourse may be so judiciously managed, that ye may discern how to treat the prejudices and meet the objections both of Jews and Gentiles.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs...

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 sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, when you lie down...

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 not refrained my lips, O LORD, you know...

Psalm 45:2 You are fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into your lips: therefore God has blessed you for ever.

Psalm 66:16 Come and hear, all you that fear God, and I will declare what he has done for my soul.

Psalm 71:15-18,23,24 My mouth shall show forth your righteousness and your salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof...

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 a breach in the spirit...

Proverbs 16:21-24 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increases learning...

Proverbs 22:17,18 Bow down your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge...

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 will swallow up himself.

Malachi 3:16-18 Then they that feared the LORD spoke often one to another: and the LORD listened, and heard it...

Matthew 12:34,35 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks...

Luke 4:22 And all bore him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying...

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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 brought it to him...

Matthew 5:13 You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his flavor, with which shall it be salted? it is thereafter good for nothing...

Mark 9:50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltiness, with which will you season it? Have salt in yourselves...

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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 just men, that they might take hold of his words...

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

Library
Without and Within
'Them that are without.'--COL. iv. 5. That is, of course, an expression for the non-Christian world; the outsiders who are beyond the pale of the Church. There was a very broad line of distinction between it and the surrounding world in the early Christian days, and the handful of Christians in a heathen country felt a great gulf between them and the society in which they lived. That distinction varies in form, and varies somewhat in apparent magnitude according as Christianity has been rooted in
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Name Above Every Name
'Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.'--ACTS ii. 36. It is no part of my purpose at this time to consider the special circumstances under which these words were spoken, nor even to enter upon an exposition of their whole scope. I select them for one reason, the occurrence in them of the three names by which we designate our Saviour--Jesus, Lord, Christ. To us they are very little more than three proper
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture: The Acts

From John Yeardley's Conversion to the Commencement of his Public Ministry.
1803--1815. John Yeardley was born on the 3rd of the First Month, 1786, at a small farm-house beside Orgreave Hall, in the valley of the Rother, four miles south of Rotherham. His parents, Joel and Frances Yeardley, farmed some land, chiefly pasture, and his mother is said to have been famous for her cream-cheeses, which she carried herself to Sheffield market. She was a pious and industrious woman; but, through the misconduct of her husband, was sometimes reduced to such straits as scarcely to have
John Yeardley—Memoir and Diary of John Yeardley, Minister of the Gospel

Heralds of the Gospel
"Sent forth by the Holy Ghost," Paul and Barnabas, after their ordination by the brethren in Antioch, "departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus." Thus the apostles began their first missionary journey. Cyprus was one of the places to which the believers had fled from Jerusalem because of the persecution following the death of Stephen. It was from Cyprus that certain men had journeyed to Antioch, "preaching the Lord Jesus." Acts 11:20. Barnabas himself was "of the country of Cyprus"
Ellen Gould White—The Acts of the Apostles

Cross References
Ezekiel 43:24
You are to offer them before the LORD, and the priests are to sprinkle salt on them and sacrifice them as a burnt offering to the LORD.

Matthew 12:35
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.

Mark 9:50
"Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other."

Ephesians 4:29
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

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