The Greek Text Of The Text For Colossians 4 : 6

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The Greek text for Colossians 4:6 is translated “Your speech (be) always with grace, seasoned with salt to know how you must give an answer to each one.” For reference sake, when we compare that to the NKJV version: “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” As you can see, the translations of the two texts are virtually identical. We start with one of the first words in the sentence: logos. This is not only the subject of the sentence but also the central point of this text. Logos can be translated here as any type of speech or word; so the concept here is not being used strictly for verbal communication but also for written communication and also extends to when body language conveys a message that is could also be put into words. Logos is used pervasively throughout the New Testament, occurring 331 times total. It is used to refer to Jesus’ speech, the speech of man, and most notably in John 1, to Jesus Himself. From here, the text discusses what our logos is to be and what it is not to be. As I will show, the text does not discuss the negative directly—it is implied. First it says that your speech must “always be with grace.” This is where the negative comes into play—it says that speech should always be with grace. That clearly means that there is never a time when our speech should not be with grace. But what does with grace mean? Is there any other use of this in ancient, Biblical Greek? Thankfully for the purposes of this study, this word, Charis, is well-documented throughout the New Testament and can be studied extensively. I have selected some of the most relevant passages to this study: 1) “Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, fo... ... middle of paper ... ...ll be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the time. And Jesus answered and said to them: Take heed that no one deceives you.” How do you then reconcile this with the concept that we are always supposed to be ready to give an answer? The reason that we always speak highly is because, as pointed out with the metaphor of the salt we never know when our speech will be used as an answer and the fact is that we always may be influencing someone. I do not have time in the space of this report to discuss sociology but it is worth noting that it is commonly understood that our actions always have consequences—whether good or bad. Furthermore, in texts like in Acts: Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, “You have appealed to Caesar? To Caesar you shall go!” The answer is more of a statement rather than an answer to a question.
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