Colossians 4:4
New International Version
Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.

New Living Translation
Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.

English Standard Version
that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.

Berean Study Bible
Pray that I may declare it clearly, as I should.

Berean Literal Bible
so that I should make it clear, as it behooves me to speak.

New American Standard Bible
that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.

New King James Version
that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

King James Bible
That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

Christian Standard Bible
so that I may make it known as I should.

Contemporary English Version
Please pray that I will make the message as clear as possible.

Good News Translation
Pray, then, that I may speak, as I should, in such a way as to make it clear.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that I may reveal it as I am required to speak.

International Standard Version
May I reveal it as clearly as I should!

NET Bible
Pray that I may make it known as I should.

New Heart English Bible
that I may reveal it as I ought to speak.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That I may reveal it and speak it just as I must.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Pray that I may make this mystery as clear as possible. This is what I have to do.

New American Standard 1977
in order that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

King James 2000 Bible
That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

American King James Version
That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

American Standard Version
that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That I may make it manifest as I ought to speak.

Darby Bible Translation
to the end that I may make it manifest as I ought to speak.

English Revised Version
that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

Webster's Bible Translation
That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

Weymouth New Testament
Then I shall proclaim it fully, as it is my duty to do.

World English Bible
that I may reveal it as I ought to speak.

Young's Literal Translation
that I may manifest it, as it behoveth me to speak;
Study Bible
Fellow Workers
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. 4Pray that I may declare it clearly, as I should. 5Act wisely toward outsiders, redeeming the time.…
Cross References
Ephesians 6:20
for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it fearlessly, as I should.

Colossians 4:5
Act wisely toward outsiders, redeeming the time.

Treasury of Scripture

That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

I may.

Matthew 10:26,27
Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known…

Acts 4:29
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

2 Corinthians 3:12
Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

as.

Colossians 4:6
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Acts 5:29
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

1 Corinthians 2:4,5
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: …







Lexicon
[Pray] 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.

I may declare it clearly,
φανερώσω (phanerōsō)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 5319: To make clear (visible, manifest), make known. From phaneros; to render apparent.

as
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

I
με (me)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

should.
δεῖ (dei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1163: Third person singular active present of deo; also deon deh-on'; neuter active participle of the same; both used impersonally; it is Necessary.
Verse 4. - That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak (Ephesians 6:20; 2 Corinthians 2:17; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6; 2 Corinthians 5:11, 20-6:10; Romans 12:6; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; 2 Timothy 3:10; Acts 20:18-21, 27, 33-35). This clause qualifies the last; the "open door" is to be asked for the apostle, that he may make effective use of it. The mystery has been made manifest by God in the mission of Christ (Colossians 1:27; Colossians 2:15, note; 2 Corinthians 5:19, etc.); but that manifestation has to be made known to the Gentile world (Ephesians 3:9; 2 Corinthians 2:14; Romans 10:14). To this end he had received a special manifestation of "the mystery of Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:6; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Galatians 1:15, 16; Acts 9:15, 16; Acts 22:14, 15, 21; Acts 26:16-18). How the apostle conceives that he "ought to speak" appears from the parallel passages (see especially 2 Corinthians 5; 2 Corinthians 6; and Acts 20.). 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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