Colossians 1

Thankfulness for Spiritual Attainments

1 a  Paul b  an apostle of Jesus Christ
Lit through
,
d  by the will of God, and e  Timothy
Lit the
our brother,

2To the
Or holy ones
,
h  saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: i  Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

3 j  We give thanks to God k  the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4 l  since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the m  love which you have
Or toward
for o  all the
Or holy ones
saints;
5because of the q  hope r  laid up for you in
Lit the heavens
heaven, of which you previously t  heard in the word of truth
Or of the gospel
the gospel
6which has come to you, just as
Or it is in the world
,
w  in all the world also it is constantly bearing x  fruit and
Or spreading abroad
increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you z  heard of it and
Or came really to know
understood the grace of God in truth;
7just as you learned it from ab  Epaphras, our ac  beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf, 8and he also informed us of your ad  love in the Spirit.

9For this reason also ae  since the day we heard of it af  we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the
Or real knowledge
,
ah  knowledge of His will in all spiritual ai  wisdom and understanding,
10so that you will aj  walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,
Lit unto all pleasing
,
al  to please Him in all respects, am  bearing fruit in every good work and
Or growing by the knowledge
increasing in the
Or real knowledge
knowledge of God;
11 ap  strengthened with all power, according to
Lit the might of His glory
His glorious might
Lit unto all
for the attaining of all steadfastness and
Or patience with joy
patience; at  joyously
12giving thanks to au  the Father, who has qualified us
Lit unto the portion of
to share in aw  the inheritance of the
Or holy ones
saints in ay  Light.

The Incomparable Christ

13
Lit Who rescued
For He rescued us from the
Lit authority
,
bb  domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of
Lit the Son of His love
,
bd  His beloved Son,
14 be  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

15
Lit Who is
He is the bg  image of the bh  invisible God, the bi  firstborn of all creation.
16For
Or in
,
bk  by Him all things were created, bl  both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether bm  thrones or dominions or rulers or authoritiesbn  all things have been created through Him and for Him.
17He
Or has existed prior to
,
bp  is before all things, and in Him all things
Or endure
hold together.
18He is also br  head of bs  the body, the church; and He is bt  the beginning bu  the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19For
Or all the fullness was pleased to dwell
it was bw  the Father’s good pleasure for all bx  the
I.e. fullness of deity
fullness to dwell in Him,
20and through Him to bz  reconcile all things to Himself, having made ca  peace through cb  the blood of His cross; through Him, I say cc  whether things on earth or things in
Lit the heavens
heaven.

21And although you were ce  formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22yet He has now cf  reconciled you in His fleshly cg  body through death, in order to ch  present you before Him ci  holy and blameless and beyond reproach 23if indeed you continue in
Or in faith
the faith firmly ck  established and steadfast, and not moved away from the cl  hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed cm  in all creation under heaven cn  and of which I, Paul
Lit became
was made a
Or servant
,
cq  minister.

24 cr  Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh cs  I
Or representatively...fill up
do my share on behalf of cu  His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking
Lit of
in Christ’s afflictions.
25 cw  Of this church I
Lit became
was made a minister according to the cy  stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might
Lit make full the word of God
fully carry out the preaching of the word of God,
26that is da  the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His
Or holy ones
saints,
27to whom dc  God willed to make known what is dd  the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is de  Christ in you, the df  hope of glory. 28We proclaim Him, dg  admonishing every man and teaching every man
Lit in
with all di  wisdom, so that we may dj  present every man
Or perfect
,
dl  complete in Christ.
29For this purpose also I dm  labor dn  striving do  according to His
Lit working
power, which
Lit in power
mightily works within me.
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