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Colossians 4:2

    Colossians 4:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Continue stedfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Give yourselves to prayer at all times, keeping watch with praise;

    Webster's Revision

    Continue stedfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving;

    World English Bible

    Continue steadfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Continue stedfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving;

    Clarke's Commentary on Colossians 4:2

    Continue in prayer - This was the apostle's general advice to all; without this, neither wives, husbands, children, parents, servants, nor masters, could fulfill the duties which God, in their respective stations, required of them.

    All might, power, and life come from God; his creatures are continually dependent upon him for all these: to earnest, persevering prayer, he has promised every supply; but he who prays not has no promise. How few wives feel it their duty to pray to God to give them grace to behave as wives! How few husbands pray for the grace suited to their situation, that they may be able to fulfill its duties! The like may be said of children, parents, servants, and masters. As every situation in life has its peculiar duties, trials, etc.; so to every situation there is peculiar grace appointed. No man can fulfill the duties of any station without the grace suited to that station. The grace suited to him, as a member of society in general, will not be sufficient for him as a husband, father, or master. Many proper marriages become unhappy in the end, because the parties have not earnestly besought God for the grace necessary for them as husbands and wives. This is the origin of family broils in general; and a proper attention to the apostle's advice would prevent them all.

    Watch in the same - Be always on your guard; and when you have got the requisite grace by praying, take care of it, and bring it into its proper action by watchfulness; by which you will know when, and where, and how to apply it.

    With thanksgiving - Being always grateful to God, who has called you into such a state of salvation, and affords you such abundant means and opportunities to glorify him.

    Barnes' Notes on Colossians 4:2

    Continue in prayer - That is, do not neglect it; observe it at all stated times; maintain the spirit of prayer, and embrace all proper occasions to engage in it; compare the Luke 18:1 note; Ephesians 6:18 note; 1 Thessalonians 4:17 note.

    And watch in the same with thanksgiving - Watch for favorable opportunities; watch that your mind may be in a right frame when you pray: and watch, that when your mind is in a right frame you may not neglect to pray; see the Ephesians 6:18 note; Philippians 4:6.

    Verses Related to Colossians 4:2

    Proverbs 15:29 - The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
    James 1:7 - For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
    Romans 8:26 - Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.