Thankfulness for Spiritual Attainments1 a Paul b an apostle of Jesus Christ ▼
▼ Lit through, d by the will of God, and e Timothy ▼
▼ Lit theour brother, 2 To the ▼ , 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 towardfor o all the ▼ saints; 5 because of the q hope r laid up for you in ▼
▼ Lit the heavensheaven, of which you previously t heard in the word of truth ▼
▼ Or of the gospelthe gospel 6 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 abroadincreasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you z heard of it and ▼
▼ Or came really to knowunderstood the grace of God in truth; 7 just as you learned it from ab Epaphras, our ac beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf, 8 and he also informed us of your ad love in the Spirit. 9 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 knowledgeincreasing in the ▼
▼ Or real knowledgeknowledge of God; 11 ap strengthened with all power, according to ▼
▼ Lit the might of His gloryHis glorious might ▼
▼ Lit unto allfor the attaining of all steadfastness and ▼
▼ Or patience with joypatience; at joyously 12 giving thanks to au the Father, who has qualified us ▼
▼ Lit unto the portion ofto share in aw the inheritance of the ▼ saints in ay Light.
The Incomparable Christ13 ▼
▼ Lit Who rescuedFor 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 isHe 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 authorities— bn 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 endurehold 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 dwellit was bw the Father’s good pleasure for all bx the ▼
▼ I.e. fullness of deityfullness 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 heavensheaven. 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 faiththe 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 becamewas 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 updo my share on behalf of cu His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking ▼
▼ Lit ofin Christ’s afflictions. 25 cw Of this church I ▼
▼ Lit becamewas 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 Godfully 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 ▼ saints, 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 inwith 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 workingpower, which ▼
▼ Lit in powermightily works within me.
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