Ephesians 6:21 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Ephesians 6:21, NIV: Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing.

Ephesians 6:21, ESV: So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything.

Ephesians 6:21, KJV: But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:

Ephesians 6:21, NASB: Now, so that you also may know about my circumstances as to what I am doing, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will make everything known to you.

Ephesians 6:21, NLT: To bring you up to date, Tychicus will give you a full report about what I am doing and how I am getting along. He is a beloved brother and faithful helper in the Lord's work.

Ephesians 6:21, CSB: Tychicus, our dearly loved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me so that you may be informed.

What does Ephesians 6:21 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse begins the concluding section of the letter, extending through 6:24. Paul expresses a desire to offer additional information about his situation in Rome. In addition to this letter, he seems to be sending a particular person, Tychicus, to the Ephesian church. Tychicus more than likely delivered additional information, along with Paul's written greetings.

Tychicus had served with Paul, as mentioned in Acts 20:4. In addition to delivering the letter to the Ephesians, he also delivered a letter to the Colossian believers, during the same trip. There, he was called "a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord" while traveling with Onesimus (Colossians 4:7). This strongly suggests that the letter of Philemon was delivered during this same trip, around the year AD 62. Near the end of Paul's life, a few years later, he will mention sending Tychicus to Ephesus (2 Timothy 4:12) and his plans to send Tychicus to Titus (Titus 3:12). By this, we can conclude that Tychicus was a faithful helper to Paul in the final years of his life.