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PARALLEL BIBLE - Colossians 4:6

CHAPTERS: Colossians 1, 2, 3, 4     

VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18




King James Bible - Colossians 4:6

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

World English Bible

Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Douay-Rheims - Colossians 4:6

Let your speech be always in grace seasoned with salt: that you may know how you ought to answer every man.

Webster's Bible Translation

Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Greek Textus Receptus

3588 λογος 3056 υμων 5216 παντοτε 3842 εν 1722 χαριτι 5485 αλατι 217 ηρτυμενος 741 5772 ειδεναι 1492 5760 πως 4459 δει 1163 5904 υμας 5209 ενι 1520 εκαστω 1538 αποκρινεσθαι 611 5738

Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

VERSE (6) -
Col 3:16 De 6:6,7; 11:19 1Ch 16:24 Ps 37:30,31; 40:9,10; 45:2; 66:16

SEV Biblia, Chapter 4:6

Sea vuestra palabra siempre con gracia, sazonada con sal; para que sepis cmo os conviene responder a cada uno.

Clarke's Bible Commentary - Colossians 4:6

Verse 6. 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 Matt. v. 13, and Mark ix. 50.

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.

John Gill's Bible Commentary

Ver. 6. Let your speech be always with grace , etc.] In grace, or concerning grace: let grace be the subject matter of your speech and conversation. When saints meet together they should converse with each other about the work of grace upon their souls, how it was begun, and how it has been carried on, and in what case it now is; they should talk of the great things and wonders of grace, which God has done for them, which would be both comfortable and edifying to them, and make for the glory of the grace of God; and also, they should confer together about the doctrines of grace, and so instruct, establish, and build up one another in them; and at least their conversation should always turn on things graceful and acceptable, such as may minister grace unto the hearer, and be useful and edifying; wherefore all obscene words, unchaste expressions, filthiness, foolish talking, and jesting, ought not to be used. Or this may regard the manner of the speech, and language of the saints; it should be in the exercise of grace; it should be in truth, faithfulness, and sincerity, without lying, dissimulation, and flattery; it should be in consistence with the grace of love, therefore evil should not be spoken one of another; nor should there be whisperings, backbitings, or anything said that is injurious to the character, credit, and reputation of another; for this is contrary to love, and so not with grace: and whatever is said should be spoken in the fear of God; the reason why so many evil things proceed out of the mouths of men is, because the fear of God is not before their eyes. Moreover, the speech of the saints ought to be in a graceful way, with a cheerful and pleasant countenance, in an affable and courteous manner, and not after a morose, churlish, and ill natured fashion: and this should be alway the case; not that they should be always talking, for there is a time to keep silence, as well as a time to speak; but the sense is, that when they do speak, it should be both graceful things, and in a graceful manner; so that there is never any room and place for vain discourse, unprofitable talk, and idle words, which must all be accounted for in the day of judgment. Seasoned with salt . The Syriac version adds, ya , as and reads it, as if it was seasoned with salt: grace being that to speech, as salt is to meat; as salt makes meat savoury and agreeable to the palate, so grace, prudence, and holiness, which may be meant by salt, (see Mark 9:50), make discourse savoury, pleasant, and acceptable to a spiritual man, who savours the things that be of God, as all such things are that relate to the grace of God, the work or doctrines of it; and as salt preserves flesh from putrefaction and corruption, so when grace goes along with speech, it makes it pure and incorrupt, sound speech which cannot be condemned: and the apostle's view is, in this exhortation, that nothing unsavoury and corrupt proceed out of the mouths of believers; (see Ephesians 4:29), that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man . The Syriac and Arabic versions render it, and know ye how, etc. and make it to be a fresh exhortation to the saints to be concerned for such a share of spiritual knowledge, that they may be able to give a proper and pertinent answer, with meekness and fear, to such as shall ask a reason of the hope that is in them; and to make suitable returns to persons according to their age, sex, capacities, and circumstances; for everyone is not to be answered alike, nor the same man under different circumstances; a fool is sometimes to be answered according to his folly, and sometimes not; and this seems to be a better reading than ours, which makes this to be the end of gracious, savoury, and incorrupt speech; whereas knowledge is not acquired by speaking, but ought to go before it; though indeed a person that uses himself to speaking with prudence, purity, and grace, is at all times ready to give an agreeable answer, in a graceful and acceptable manner, to everyone.

Matthew Henry Commentary

Verses 2-6 - No
duties can be done aright, unless we persevere in fervent prayer and watch therein with thanksgiving. The people are to pra particularly for their ministers. Believers are exhorted to righ conduct towards unbelievers. Be careful in all converse with them, to do them good, and recommend religion by all fit means. Diligence i redeeming time, commends religion to the good opinion of others. Eve what is only carelessness may cause a lasting prejudice against the truth. Let all discourse be discreet and seasonable, as become 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.

Greek Textus Receptus

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Vincent's NT Word Studies

6. Seasoned with salt (alati hrtumenov). Both words only here in
Paul. The metaphor is from the office of salt in rendering palatable. Both in Greek and Latin authors, salt was used to express the pungency and wittiness of speech. Horace speaks of having praised a poet for rubbing the city with abundant salt, i.e., for having wittily satirized certain parties so as to make them smart as if rubbed with salt, and so as to excite the laughter of those who are not hit ("Satires," 1 x., 3). Lightfoot gives some interesting citations from Plutarch, in which, as here, grace and salt are combined. Thus: "The many call salt caritav graces, because, mingled with most things, it makes them agreeable and pleasant to the taste." Seasoned is, literally, prepared. It is not likely that the fact has any connection with this expression, but it is interesting to recall Herodotus' story of a salt lake in the neighborhood of Colossae, which has been identified, and which still supplies the whole surrounding country with salt (vii. 30). The exhortation to well-seasoned and becoming speech is expanded in Eph. iv. 29; v. 4, in a warning against corrupt communication.

Robertson's NT Word Studies

4:6 {Seasoned with salt} (halati ertumenos). The same verb artuw (old verb from
air", to fit, to arrange) about salt in #Mr 9:50; Lu 14:34. Nowhere else in the N.T. Not too much salt, not too little. Plutarch uses salt of speech, the wit which flavours speech (cf. Attic salt). Our word salacious is this same word degenerated into vulgarity. Grace and salt (wit, sense) make an ideal combination. Every teacher will sympathize with Paul's desire "that ye know how ye must answer each one" (eidenai pws dei humas heni ekastwi apokrinesqai). Who does know?

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