Colossians 4:17
New International Version
Tell Archippus: "See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord."

New Living Translation
And say to Archippus, “Be sure to carry out the ministry the Lord gave you.”

English Standard Version
And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.”

Berean Study Bible
Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.”

Berean Literal Bible
And say to Archippus: "Take heed to the ministry that you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it."

New American Standard Bible
Say to Archippus, "Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it."

New King James Version
And say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.”

King James Bible
And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.

Christian Standard Bible
And tell Archippus, "Pay attention to the ministry you have received in the Lord, so that you can accomplish it."

Contemporary English Version
Remind Archippus to do the work that the Lord has given him to do.

Good News Translation
And tell Archippus, "Be sure to finish the task you were given in the Lord's service."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And tell Archippus, "Pay attention to the ministry you have received in the Lord, so that you can accomplish it."

International Standard Version
Tell Archippus, "See that you complete the ministry you have received from the Lord."

NET Bible
And tell Archippus, "See to it that you complete the ministry you received in the Lord."

New Heart English Bible
Tell Archippus, "Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And tell Arkippus, “Remember the ministry that you have received in Our Lord, that you finish it.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Tell Archippus to complete all the work that he started as the Lord's servant.

New American Standard 1977
And say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And say to Archippus, Take heed to fulfil the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord.

King James 2000 Bible
And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it.

American King James Version
And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it.

American Standard Version
And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And say to Archippus: Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.

Darby Bible Translation
And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in [the] Lord, to the end that thou fulfil it.

English Revised Version
And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it.

Webster's Bible Translation
And say to Archippus, take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it.

Weymouth New Testament
And tell Archippus to discharge carefully the duties devolving upon him as a servant of the Lord.

World English Bible
Tell Archippus, "Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it."

Young's Literal Translation
and say to Archippus, 'See to the ministration that thou didst receive in the Lord, that thou mayest fulfil it.'
Study Bible
Sharing This Letter
16After this letter has been read among you, make sure that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea. 17Tell Archippus: “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.” 18This greeting is in my own hand—Paul. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.…
Cross References
2 Timothy 4:5
But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

Philemon 1:2
to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church that meets at your house:

Treasury of Scripture

And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it.

Archippus.

Philemon 1:2
And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:

Take.

Leviticus 10:3
Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace.

Numbers 18:5
And ye shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the altar: that there be no wrath any more upon the children of Israel.

2 Chronicles 29:11
My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD hath chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that ye should minister unto him, and burn incense.

the ministry.

Acts 1:17
For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.

Acts 14:23
And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

1 Corinthians 4:1,2
Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God…

fulfil.

2 Timothy 4:5
But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.







Lexicon
Tell
εἴπατε (eipate)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

Archippus:
Ἀρχίππῳ (Archippō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 751: Archippus, a Christian of Colossae. From arche and hippos; horse-ruler; Archippus, a Christian.

“See to it
Βλέπε (Blepe)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 991: (primarily physical), I look, see, perceive, discern. A primary verb; to look at.

that
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

you complete
πληροῖς (plērois)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4137: From pleres; to make replete, i.e. to cram, level up, or to furnish, satisfy, execute, finish, verify, etc.

the
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative 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.

ministry
διακονίαν (diakonian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1248: Waiting at table; in a wider sense: service, ministration. From diakonos; attendance; figuratively aid, service.

you have received
παρέλαβες (parelabes)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3880: From para and lambano; to receive near, i.e. Associate with oneself; by analogy, to assume an office; figuratively, to learn.

in
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.

[the] Lord.”
Κυρίῳ (Kyriō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.
(17) Say to Archippus.--Archippus is included in the salutation of the Epistle to Philemon (Philemon 1:1) apparently as a member of his family, and is generally thought to have been his son. He held a "ministry in the Church. The word is the same as the word "diaconate," but it is obviously used in a more general sense, precisely as in the charge to Timothy (2Timothy 4:5), "Make full proof of thy ministry; "and the whole tone of the passage here suggests that, like Timothy's, it was a ministry of some prominence in the Church. Tradition makes him afterwards a bishop of Laodicea; it is likely enough that he had that leadership among the presbyters, from which the episcopate was developed at the close of the Apostolic period. Whether this was at Colossae--his father's native place--or Laodicea, cannot be gathered with any certainty from the context. The exhortation comes in close connection with Laodicea; yet, on the other hand, it seems strange to send through one church a message to a chief pastor of another. In any case this indirect transmission of a charge is curious, standing in marked contrast with the direct personal addresses of the Philippian Epistle (Philippians 4:2-3).

Which thou hast received in the Lord.--Properly, which thou dost receive. The probability seems to be that he received it from St. Paul, or perhaps Epaphras. The phrase is "in the Lord," not "from the Lord." Contrast Galatians 1:12, "I received it not from man, neither was I taught but by revelation of Jesus Christ."

Verse 17. - And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou receivedst in (the) Lord, that thou fulfil it (Acts 20:28; 1 Timothy 1:18, 19; 1 Timothy 4:6, 11-16; 1 Timothy 6:13, 14, 20, 21; 2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Timothy 4:5). From the connection of this verse with the two preceding, it seems likely that "the ministry" of Archippus related to the Laodicean Church. Hence he is not addressed directly. If he was, as we gather from Philemon 1, 2, the son of Philemon, whose house formed a centre for the Colossian Church (Philemon 1:2), the warning would be suitably conveyed through this channel. In the letter to Philemon, the apostle calls him his" fellow soldier" (comp. Colossians 4:10; Philippians 1:29, 30). Both from this fact, and from the emphasis of the words before us, it would appear that his office was an important one, probably that of chief pastor. This warning addressed so early to the minister of the Laodicean Church is premonitory of the lapsed condition in which it is afterwards found (Revelation 3:14-22); see Lightfoot, pp. 42, 43. (For "ministry" (διακονία), comp. Colossians 1:7, 23; 1 Corinthians 4:1, etc. For "received," comp. note, Colossians 2:6.) "In the Lord; "for every office in the Church is grounded in him as Head and Lord (Colossians 1:18; Colossians 2:6; Colossians 3:17, 24; Colossians 4:7; Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians 4:5; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 Corinthians 12:5, etc.), and must be administered according to his direction and as subject to his judgment (see 1 Corinthians 3:5; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; 2 Corinthians 10:17, 18; 2 Corinthians 13:10; Galatians 1:1; 1 Timothy 1:12; 2 Timothy 4:1, 2). "Fulfil" (comp. Colossians 1:26; 2 Timothy 4:5; Acts 12:25). This admonition resembles those addressed to Timothy in the Pastoral Epistles. 4:10-18 Paul had differed with Barnabas, on the account of this Mark, yet he is not only reconciled, but recommends him to the churches; an example of a truly Christian and forgiving spirit. If men have been guilty of a fault, it must not always be remembered against them. We must forget as well as forgive. The apostle had comfort in the communion of saints and ministers. One is his fellow-servant, another his fellow-prisoner, and all his fellow-workers, working out their own salvation, and endeavouring to promote the salvation of others. The effectual, fervent prayer is the prevailing prayer, and availeth much. The smiles, flatteries, or frowns of the world, the spirit of error, or the working of self-love, leads many to a way of preaching and living which comes far short of fulfilling their ministry. But those who preach the same doctrine as Paul, and follow his example, may expect the Divine favour and blessing.
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