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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CommentaryClarke'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.
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'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 …
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The Name Above Every Name
From John Yeardley's Conversion to the Commencement of his Public Ministry.
Heralds of the Gospel
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.
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.
"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."
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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