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As part of today's readings, Paul's letter from prison to the Colossians ends with a special word to Archippus.  "Attend to the duty entrusted to you in the Lord's service, and discharge it to the full."  (Col 4:17)  Archippus was also commended by Paul in his letter to Philemon (v. 2) as a "comrade-in-arms".   Tradition says he was one of the seventy two disciples commissioned by Jesus in Luke 10:1.  He is also believed to have been the first bishop of Colossne, Phyrgia  (which is now Turkey).

While on-line searching for more regarding Archippus, I found the Online Parallel Bible http://bible.cc/ which shows this special charge from nine different texts:

NASB: Say to Archippus, "Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it." (NASB ©1995)
GWT: Tell Archippus to complete all the work that he started as the Lord's servant. (GOD'S WORD®)
KJV: And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
ASV: And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
BBE: Say to Archippus, See that you do the work which the Lord has given you to do.
DBY: And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, to the end that thou fulfil it.
WEY: And tell Archippus to discharge carefully the duties devolving upon him as a servant of the Lord.
WBS: And say to Archippus, take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it.
WEB: Tell Archippus, "Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it."
YLT: and say to Archippus, 'See to the ministration that thou didst receive in the Lord, that thou mayest fulfil it.'

There is mention of ministry, work, duty and ministration here.  This charge is not for Archippus solely, but for all of us.
  
May it be also with me, O Lord.  Almighty Father, your Seeking Servant prays for guidance.   

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(Anonymous)
May. 7th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
One more ...
From Biblegateway.com, the same verse according to Eugene Peterson's "The Message":

And, oh, yes, tell Archippus, "Do your best in the job you received from the Master. Do your very best."

More colloquial, and probably taking more liberties with the language than the other translations, but pleasant to the ear! Connie
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