The Letter from Paul to the Laodiceans

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Chapter One

1 From Paul, an Apostle not of men, or by man, but by Yeshua the Messiah; to the brethren that are at Laodicea. 2 May grace and peace be with you from God the Father and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah.

3 I give thanks to the Messiah in all my prayers, that you continue in Him and persevere in His works, looking for the promise at the day of judgment. 4 For the vain murmurings of some have not overtaken you; although they creep in, that they may turn you away from the truth of the Besorah which I had preached. 5 And now God shall cause they that follow me to continue ministering to the increase of the truth of the Besorah, and accomplishing of goodness, and the work of salvation, even eternal life.

6 And now my bonds, for which I suffer in the Messiah, are seen by all men. I rejoice in this, and am glad. 7 And this is counted for me as everlasting salvation, which is also brought about by your prayers, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit, whether by life or by death. 8 For truly, to me, it is life to live in the Messiah, and to die is joy; 9 and He shall work His mercy in you, that you may have the same love, and be of one mind.

10 Therefore, dearly beloved, as you have heard in my presence, so hold fast and work in the fear of God, and it shall be counted to you for life eternal; 11 for it is God that works in you. 12 And whatever you do, do it without afterthought.

13 And for the rest, dearly beloved, rejoice in the Messiah, and beware of them that are lovers of money. 14 Let all your petitions be made openly before God, and be steadfast in the mind of the Messiah. 15 Do those things that are sound, and true, and sober, and just, and lovely; 16 and keep that which you have heard and received safe in your heart.

17 Peace shall be to you. Give my greetings to all the brethren with a holy kiss.

18 The saints salute you.

19 May the grace of the Lord Yeshua be with your spirit.

20 Cause this letter to be read to them at Colossus, and the letter to the Colossians to be read to you.

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