Colossians 4:8
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New International Version
I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts.

King James Bible
Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts;

Darby Bible Translation
whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that he might know your state, and that he might encourage your hearts:

World English Bible
I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts,

Young's Literal Translation
whom I did send unto you for this very thing, that he might know the things concerning you, and might comfort your hearts,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

That he might know your estate - Instead of ἱνα γνῳ τα περι ὑμων, that He may know Your affairs, ABD*FG, many others, with the Ethiopic, Itala, Theodoret, and Damascenus, read ἱνα γνωτε τα περι ἡμων, that Ye may know Our affairs; which is probably the true reading. Tychicus was sent to them, not to know their affairs, but with Onesimus, to carry this epistle and make the apostle's state known to them, and comfort their hearts by the good news which he brought. The next verse confirms this meaning.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

I have.

1 Corinthians 4:17 For this cause have I sent to you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord...

2 Corinthians 12:18 I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother. Did Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in the same spirit?...

Ephesians 6:22 Whom I have sent to you for the same purpose, that you might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

Philippians 2:28 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when you see him again, you may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.

1 Thessalonians 3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you...

and comfort.

Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of understanding...

Isaiah 40:1 Comfort you, comfort you my people, said your God.

Isaiah 61:2,3 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn...

2 Corinthians 1:4 Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble...

2 Corinthians 2:7 So that contrariwise you ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him...

1 Thessalonians 2:11 As you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father does his children,

1 Thessalonians 3:2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you...

1 Thessalonians 4:18 Why comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 5:11,14 Why comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do...

2 Thessalonians 2:17 Comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.

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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
Ephesians 6:22
I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.

Colossians 2:2
My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,

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