Colossians 1

Thankfulness for Spiritual Attainments

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

To 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.

j We give thanks to God k the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 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
because 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
which 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;
just as you learned it from ab Epaphras, our ac beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf, and he also informed us of your ad love in the Spirit.

For 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,
10 so 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
12 giving 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

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.

Lit Who is
He is the bg image of the bh invisible God, the bi firstborn of all creation.
16 For
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.
17 He
Or has existed prior to
bp is before all things, and in Him all things
Or endure
hold together.
18 He 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. 19 For
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,
20 and 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

21 And although you were ce formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet 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 23 if 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,
26 that is da the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His
Or holy ones
27 to 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. 28 We 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.
29 For 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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