Colossians 4:1
Good News Translation
Masters, be fair and just in the way you treat your slaves. Remember that you too have a Master in heaven.

New Revised Standard Version
Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, for you know that you also have a Master in heaven.

Contemporary English Version
Slave owners, be fair and honest with your slaves. Don't forget that you have a Master in heaven.

New American Bible
Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, realizing that you too have a Master in heaven.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Masters, do to your servants that which is just and equal: knowing that you also have a master in heaven.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Masters, do to your servants that which is just and equal: knowing that you also have a master in heaven.


Leviticus 19:13 Thou shalt not calumniate thy neighbour, nor oppress him by violence. The wages of him that hath been hired by thee shall not abide with thee until the morning.

Leviticus 25:39-43 If thy brother constrained by poverty, sell himself to thee: thou shalt not oppress him with the service of bondservants. . . .

Deuteronomy 15:12-15 When thy brother a Hebrew man, or Hebrew woman is sold to thee, and hath served thee six years, in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free: . . .

Deuteronomy 24:14,15 Thou shalt not refuse the hire of the needy, and the poor, whether he be thy brother, or a stranger that dwelleth with thee in the land, and is within thy gates: . . .

Nehemiah 5:5-13 And now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren: and our children as their children. Behold we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters, and some of our daughters are bondwomen already, neither have we wherewith to redeem them, and our fields and our vineyards other men possess. . . .

Job 24:11,12 They have taken their rest at noon among the stores of them, who after having trodden the winepresses suffer thirst. . . .

Job 31:13-15 If I have despised to abide judgment with my manservant, or my maidservant, when they had any controversy against me: . . .

Isaiah 58:3,5-9 Why have we fasted, and thou hast not regarded: have we humbled our souls, and thou hast not taken notice? Behold in the day of your fast your own will is found, and you exact of all your debtors. . . .

Jeremiah 34:9-17 That every man should let his manservant, and every man his maidservant, being Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman, go free: and that they should not lord it over them, to wit, over the Jews their brethren. . . .

Malachi 3:5 And I will come to you in judgment, and will be a speedy witness against sorcerers, and adulterers, and false swearers, and them that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widows, and the fatherless: and oppress the stranger, and have not feared me, saith the Lord of hosts.

James 2:13 For judgment without mercy to him that hath not done mercy. And mercy exalteth itself above judgment.

James 5:4 Behold the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which by fraud has been kept back by you, crieth: and the cry of them hath entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.


Ecclesiastes 5:8 If thou shalt see the oppressions of the poor, and violent judgments, and justice perverted in the province, wonder not at this matter: for he that is high hath another higher, and there are others still higher than these:

Matthew 23:8,9 But be not you called Rabbi. For one is your master: and all you are brethren. . . .

Matthew 24:48-51 But if that evil servant shall say in his heart: My lord is long a coming: . . .

Luke 16:1-13 And he said also to his disciples: There was a certain rich man who had a steward: and the same was accused unto him, that he had wasted his goods. . . .

Luke 19:15 And it came to pass that he returned, having received the kingdom: and he commanded his servants to be called, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading,

Ephesians 6:8,9 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man shall do, the same shall he receive from the Lord, whether he be bond or free. . . .


Revelation 17:14 These shall fight with the Lamb. And the Lamb shall overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings: and they that are with him are called and elect and faithful.

Revelation 19:16 And he hath on his garment and on his thigh written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Fellow Workers
1Masters, do to your servants that which is just and equal: knowing that you also have a master in heaven. 2Be instant in prayer: watching in it with thanksgiving.…
Cross References
Leviticus 25:43
Afflict him not by might: but fear thy God.

Ephesians 6:9
And you, masters, do the same things to them, forbearing threatenings: knowing that the Lord both of them and you is in heaven. And there is no respect of persons with him.

Colossians 3:25
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