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Colossians 1 King James Version

Salutation

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, 2  To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom

3  We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4  Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, 5  For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; 6  Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: 7  As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; 8  Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.

9  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

12  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his [1] dear Son:

Reconciliation through Christ's Death

14  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in [2] all things he might have the preeminence. 19  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Paul's Ministry to the Church

21  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind [3] by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23  If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; 24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church: 25  Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil [4] the word of God; 26  Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in [5] you, the hope of glory: 28  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 29  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Colossians 1 American Standard Version

Salutation

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2  To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ [that are] at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom

3  We give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4  having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have toward all the saints, 5  because of the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, 6  which is come unto you; even as it is also in all the world bearing fruit and increasing, as [it doth] in you also, since the day ye heard and knew the grace of God in truth; 7  even as ye learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow-servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8  who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.

9  For this cause we also, since the day we heard [it], do not cease to pray and make request for you, that ye may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10  to walk worthily of the Lord unto all pleasing, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11  strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory, unto all patience and longsuffering with joy;

12  giving thanks unto the Father, who made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; 13  who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love;

Reconciliation through Christ's Death

14  in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins: 15  who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16  for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him; 17  and he is before all things, and in him all things consist. 18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19  For it was the good pleasure [of the Father] that in him should all the fulness dwell; 20  and through him to reconcile all things unto himself, having made peace through the blood of his cross; through him, [I say], whether things upon the earth, or things in the heavens.

Paul's Ministry to the Church

21  And you, being in time past alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil works, 22  yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish and unreproveable before him: 23  if so be that ye continue in the faith, grounded and stedfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel which ye heard, which was preached in all creation under heaven; whereof I Paul was made a minister. 24  Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church; 25  whereof I was made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which was given me to you-ward, to fulfil the word of God, 26  [even] the mystery which hath been hid for ages and generations: but now hath it been manifested to his saints, 27  to whom God was pleased to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 28  whom we proclaim, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ; 29  whereunto I labor also, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Footnotes

[1] 1:13 his...: Gr. the Son of his love

[2] 1:18 in...: or, among all

[3] 1:21 in...: or, by your mind in

[4] 1:25 to fulfil...: or, fully to preach the word

[5] 1:27 in: or, among

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