Main point summary
Pray steadfastly and walk winsomely
Τῇ προσευχῇ προσκαρτερεῖτε,
Be persistent in prayer,
c Continue steadfastly in prayer,
γρηγοροῦντες ἐν αὐτῇ ἐν εὐχαριστίᾳ,
being vigilant( manner ) in it with thanksgiving
being watchful in it d with thanksgiving.
προσευχόμενοι ἅμα καὶ περὶ ἡμῶν,
while-at-the same-time( αμα και ) praying for us ( contemporaneous action )
At the same time, pray also for us,
ἵνα ὁ θεὸς ἀνοίξῃ ἡμῖν θύραν τοῦ λόγου
that(ινα) God would open for us a door for the word
that God may e open to us a door for the word,
λαλῆσαι τὸ μυστήριον τοῦ Χριστοῦ,
to-speak( infinitive, purpose ) the mystery of Christ
f to declare the mystery of Christ,
διʼ ὃ καὶ δέδεμαι,
--on account which I also am in chains--
g on account of which I am in prison—
ἵνα φανερώσω αὐτὸ
in order that( ινα, purpose ) I might reveal it
that I may make it clear,
ὡς δεῖ με λαλῆσαι.
as( ως, comparative ) it is necessary for me to speak.
which is how I ought to speak.
Ἐν σοφίᾳ περιπατεῖτε πρὸς τοὺς ἔξω
[Likewise] Walk wisely( manner ) in your relations with outsiders,
h Walk in wisdom toward i outsiders,
τὸν καιρὸν ἐξαγοραζόμενοι.
making( manner ) the best use of the time
making the best use of the time.
ὁ λόγος ὑμῶν πάντοτε ἐν χάριτι,
Let your word always be gracious,
Let your speech always j be gracious,
being seasoned with with salt
k seasoned with salt,
εἰδέναι πῶς δεῖ ὑμᾶς ἑνὶ ἑκάστῳ ἀποκρίνεσθαι.
so that you may know how it is necessary for you to answer each person.
l so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Paul urges the Colossian church to do two things: Pray steadfastly Walk (live) winsomely Paul wants them to pray for themselves and pray for him (and those with him) that God would give him opportunities to declare the mystery of Christ. Paul also urges them to walk (live) winsomely toward non-christians by making the best use of time and by speaking graciously. All of this should be understood in light of Paul's desire that the mystery of Christ be made known.