“Let your speech
Always be gracious,
Seasoned with salt,
So that you may know
How you ought
To answer everyone.”
ὁ λόγος ὑμῶν πάντοτε ἐν χάριτι, ἅλατι ἠρτυμένος, εἰδέναι πῶς δεῖ ὑμᾶς ἑνὶ ἑκάστῳ ἀποκρίνεσθαι.
Paul said, “Let your speech (ὁ λόγος ὑμῶν) always be gracious (πάντοτε ἐν χάριτι), seasoned with salt (ἅλατι ἠρτυμένος), so that you may know (εἰδέναι) how you ought to answer everyone (πῶς δεῖ ὑμᾶς ἑνὶ ἑκάστῳ ἀποκρίνεσθαι).” Paul gave the Colossian Christians advice on how they were to speak. They should always speak with grace or graciously. However, they should put a little salt or spice in their presentations to make their speech more interesting. Thus, they then would be able to answer anyone who had a question about being a Christian. Are you able to talk about being a Christian?
“Those who are generous are blessed.
They share their bread with the poor.
Drive out a scoffer!
Then strife also goes out.
Quarreling and abuse will cease.
Whoever loves a pure heart,
Will have the king as a friend.
Whoever is gracious in speech,
Will have the king as his friend.
The eyes of Yahweh keep watch over knowledge.
But he overthrows the words of the faithless.
The lazy person says.
‘There is a lion outside!
I shall be killed in the streets!’”
The generous people are blessed because they share their bread with the poor. Get rid of the scoffers, the mockers, and strife will go away. Arguments and abuse will cease if the mockers are gone. If you have a pure heart and gracious speech you will have the king as a friend. Yahweh watches over knowledge, but he overthrows the words of the faithless. The lazy person is afraid to go outside because he says that he is scared of being killed by a lion.