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Colossians 4:6

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— Let your speech always be with grace, [as though] seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— Let your speech [be] alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer each one.
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer each one.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Let your speech [be] always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— [Let] your word [be] always with grace, seasoned with salt, [so as] to know how ye ought to answer each one.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Your discourse being always with benefit, with salt, seasoned,—that ye may know how it behoveth you, unto each one, to be making answer.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— your word always in grace—with salt being seasoned—to know how it behoveth you to answer each one.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Let your speech be always in grace seasoned with salt: that you may know how you ought to answer every man.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— Let your speach be gracious alwayes, and powdred with salt, that ye may know how to answere euery man.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Let your speech bee alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how yee ought to answere euery man.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— Let your conversation be gracious, seasoned with salt, and you should know how to answer every man.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And let your speech at all time be with grace as sprinkled with salt, each one knowing how it becometh him to return the answer.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And let your speech at all times be with grace; as it were, seasoned with salt: and know ye, how ye ought to give answer to every man.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Let your 5216
{5216} Prime
Genitive case of G5210; of (from or concerning) you.
speech 3056
{3056} Prime
From G3004; something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation; specifically (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (that is, Christ).
[be] alway 3842
{3842} Prime
From G3956 and G3753; every when, that is, at all times.
with 1722
{1722} Prime
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
grace, 5485
{5485} Prime
From G5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude).
seasoned 741
{0741} Prime
From a presumed derivative of G0142; to prepare, that is, spice (with stimulating condiments).
<5772> Grammar
Tense - Perfect (See G5778)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 463
with salt, 217
{0217} Prime
From G0251; salt; figuratively prudence.
that ye may know 1492
{1492} Prime
A primary verb; used only in certain past tenses, the others being borrowed from the equivalent, G3700 and G3708; properly to see (literally or figuratively); by implication (in the perfect only) to know.
<5760> Grammar
Tense - Perfect (See G5778)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 30
how 4459
{4459} Prime
Adverb from the base of G4226; an interrogitive particle of manner; in what way? (sometimes the question is indirect, how?); also as exclamation, how much!.
ye 5209
{5209} Prime
Accusative of G5210; you (as the object of a verb or preposition).
ought 1163
{1163} Prime
Third person singular active present of G1210; also δεόν [[deon]], {deh-on'}; which is neuter active participle of the same; both used impersonally; it is (was, etc.) necessary (as binding).
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
to answer 611
{0611} Prime
From G0575 and κρινω [[krino]]; to conclude for oneself, that is, (by implication) to respond; by Hebraism (compare [H6030]) to begin to speak (where an address is expected).
<5738> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 109
every y1538
[1538] Standard
As if a superlative of ἕκας [[hekas]] (afar); each or every.
man. 1520
{1520} Prime
(Including the neuter [etc.] ἕν [[hen]]); a primary numeral; one.
(1538) Complement
As if a superlative of ἕκας [[hekas]] (afar); each or every.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Colossians 4:6

_ _ with graceGreek, “IN grace” as its element (Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 4:29). Contrast the case of those “of the world” who “therefore speak of the world” (1 John 4:5). Even the smallest leaf of the believer should be full of the sap of the Holy Spirit (Jeremiah 17:7, Jeremiah 17:8). His conversation should be cheerful without levity, serious without gloom. Compare Luke 4:22; John 7:46, as to Jesus’ speech.

_ _ seasoned with salt — that is, the savor of fresh and lively spiritual wisdom and earnestness, excluding all “corrupt communication,” and also tasteless insipidity (Matthew 5:13; Mark 9:50; Ephesians 4:29). Compare all the sacrifices seasoned with salt (Leviticus 2:13). Not far from Colosse, in Phrygia, there was a salt lake, which gives to the image here the more appropriateness.

_ _ how ye ought to answer every man — (1 Peter 3:15).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Colossians 4:5-6.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Colossians 4:6

Let your speech be always with grace — Seasoned with the grace of God, as flesh is with salt.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Colossians 4:6

(5) Let your speech [be] alway with (d) grace, seasoned with (e) salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

(5) Our speech and talk must be applied to the profit of the hearers.

(d) Fit for the profit of your neighbour.

(e) Against this is set filthy communication, as in (Ephesians 4:29).

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: ... And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Deuteronomy 11:19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
1 Chronicles 16:24 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.
Psalms 37:30-31 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. ... The law of his God [is] in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
Psalms 40:9-10 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest. ... I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
Psalms 45:2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
Psalms 66:16 Come [and] hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.
Psalms 71:15-18 My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness [and] thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers [thereof]. ... Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto [this] generation, [and] thy power to every one [that] is to come.
Psalms 71:23-24 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed. ... My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.
Psalms 78:3-4 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. ... We will not hide [them] from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
Psalms 105:2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
Psalms 119:13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.
Psalms 119:46 I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.
Proverbs 10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
Proverbs 15:4 A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life: but perverseness therein [is] a breach in the spirit.
Proverbs 15:7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish [doeth] not so.
Proverbs 16:21-24 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. ... Pleasant words [are as] an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Proverbs 22:17-18 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. ... For [it is] a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
Proverbs 25:11-12 A word fitly spoken [is like] apples of gold in pictures of silver. ... [As] an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, [so is] a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
Ecclesiastes 10:12 The words of a wise man's mouth [are] gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.
Malachi 3:16-18 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard [it], and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. ... Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
Matthew 12:34-35 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. ... A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
Luke 4:22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.


Leviticus 2:13 And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.
2 Kings 2:20-22 And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought [it] to him. ... So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake.
Matthew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Mark 9:50 Salt [is] good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.


Proverbs 26:4-5 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. ... Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
Luke 20:20-40 And they watched [him], and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor. ... And after that they durst not ask him any [question at all].
1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
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Lv 2:13. Dt 6:6; 11:19. 2K 2:20. 1Ch 16:24. Ps 37:30; 40:9; 45:2; 66:16; 71:15, 23; 78:3; 105:2; 119:13, 46. Pv 10:21; 15:4, 7; 16:21; 22:17; 25:11; 26:4. Ec 10:12. Mal 3:16. Mt 5:13; 12:34. Mk 9:50. Lk 4:22; 20:20. Ep 4:29. Col 3:16. 1P 3:15.

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