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    The Epistle of Paul to the Colossians

    Chapter 1

    Col. 1:1 Paul,[mfn]1 Greek “Paul.” The word “from” is not in the Greek text, but has been supplied to indicate the sender of the letter.[/mfn] an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

    Col. 1:2 to the saints and faithful brothers in Christ who are at Colosse: grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Col. 1:3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

    Col. 1:4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which you have for all the saints,

    Col. 1:5 for the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the reality of the gospel;

    Col. 1:6 that has come to you, as it is in all the known world; and is being fruitful and multiplying, as it does also in you, since the day you heard of it, and knew the grace of God in reality:

    Col. 1:7 as you also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;

    Col. 1:8 who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

    Col. 1:9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not pause praying for you, and to desire that you might be filled with the full knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

    Col. 1:10 that you might walk worthy of the Lord fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the full knowledge of God;

    Col. 1:11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, to all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

    Col. 1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has made us adequate to be participants into the inheritance of the saints in light:

    Col. 1:13 who has rescued us from the power of darkness, and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love:

    Col. 1:14 in Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

    Col. 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation:

    Col. 1:16 for in Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or powers: all things were created through Him, and into Himself:

    Col. 1:17 and He is before all things, and in Him all things inhere.

    Col. 1:18 He is the head of the body, the Assembly: Who is the beginning, the firstborn out from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.

    Col. 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in Him should all the fullness dwells;

    Col. 1:20 and, having made peace through the blood of His cross, through Him to conciliate all things to Himself; through Him, I say, whether they be things on earth, or things in heaven.

    Col. 1:21 And you, that were at one time alienated and hostile throughout your thinking in evil works and now He has conciliated

    Col. 1:22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish and impeccable in His sight:

    Col. 1:23 if you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to all creation which is under the heavens; of which I Paul became a servant;

    Col. 1:24 I now am rejoicing in my sufferings for you, and filling up that which is deficient of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His body’s sake, which is the Assembly:

    Col. 1:25 of which I became a servant according to God administration bestowed upon me and placed into you, to complete the written word of God,

    Col. 1:26 the mystery which has been concealed from this Old Covenant Age and this generation, but now is made evident to His saints:

    Col. 1:27 to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the nations; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

    Col. 1:28 whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man fully mature in Christ Jesus:

    Col. 1:29 into which I also strenuously toil, contending according to His working, which functions in me in power.

    Chapter 2

    Col. 2:1 For I would that you knew what great struggle I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face;

    Col. 2:2 that their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and into all the riches of the supreme fullness of understanding, into the full knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ;

    Col. 2:3 in Whom are concealed all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

    Col. 2:4 And this I say, in order that not one should mislead you by false reasoning and persuasive speech.

    Col. 2:5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit; joyfully witnessing your good order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.

    Col. 2:6 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, in Him walk:

    Col. 2:7 take root and build further in Him, and be established in the faith, according as you have been instructed, overflowing in thanksgiving.

    Col. 2:8 Beware unless anyone manipulate and fleece you through philosophy and empty deceit, after the tradition of men, after the Jewish elements of the Old Covenant order, and not according to Christ.

    Col. 2:9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

    Col. 2:10 And you are complete in Him, which is the head of all rulers and authorities:

    Col. 2:11 in Whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

    Col. 2:12 buried with Him in immersion, in which also you are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who has raised Him from the dead.

    Col. 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made us alive together, joined to Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses;

    Col. 2:14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that were against us, which were opposed to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross;

    Col. 2:15 having disarmed rulers and authorities, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

    Col. 2:16 Let no one therefore judge you in food, or in drink, or in one of the feast days, or of a new moon, or of the Sabbaths:

    Col. 2:17 that are a shadow of things about to come; but the reality is the Christ.

    Col. 2:18 Let no one judge against you by depriving you of your prize in taking pleasure in esteeming ourselves small and the worshiping of the angels, stepping into that which he has not seen, inflated with pride by his fleshly mind,

    Col. 2:19 and not taking hold of the Head, out from whom all the body is nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, is growing with the increase of God.

    Col. 2:20 Therefore if you are dead with Christ from the Jewish elements of the Old Covenant order, why, as though living in the Old Covenant order, are you subject to regulations,

    Col. 2:21 touch not; taste not; handle not;

    Col. 2:22 which will all be destroyed with the using; after the commandments and teachings of men?

    Col. 2:23 Which things have indeed an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body: but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

    Chapter 3

    Col. 3:1 If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is sitting in the right hand of God.

    Col. 3:2 Set your heart on things above, not on things upon the land.

    Col. 3:3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

    Col. 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed together with Him in glory.

    Col. 3:5 Therefore put to death your members which are upon the land; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil sexual desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

    Col. 3:6 for this reason the wrath of God is coming on the sons of stubbornness:

    Col. 3:7 in which yourselves also walked some time, when you lived in them.

    Col. 3:8 But now you also put off all these, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, foul abusive language out of your mouth.

    Col. 3:9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds;

    Col. 3:10 but have put on the new man, which is renewed in full knowledge after the image of Him that created Him:

    Col. 3:11 where Greek nor Jew have no place, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

    Col. 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, deep inner mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

    Col. 3:13 forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: just as Christ forgave you, so also do you.

    Col. 3:14 And above all these things put on love, which is the uniting bond of maturity.

    Col. 3:15 So let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body: and be you thankful.

    Col. 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your passion to the Lord.

    Col. 3:17 For whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father through Him.

    Col. 3:18 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as it is proper in the Lord.

    Col. 3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

    Col. 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing to the Lord.

    Col. 3:21 Fathers do not irritate your children, unless they become dispirited.

    Col. 3:22 Slaves, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye service, as man pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;

    Col. 3:23 whatever you do, labor out from your soul, as to the Lord, and not to men;

    Col. 3:24 knowing that of the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance: for you serve the Lord Christ.

    Col. 3:25 But he that does wrong will receive for the wrong which he has done: and there is no favoritism.

    Chapter 4

    Col. 4:1 Masters, give to your slaves that which is just and equal; knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

    Col. 4:2 Continue in prayer, being diligent in it with thanksgiving;

    Col. 4:3 meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains:

    Col. 4:4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

    Col. 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, buying up the opportunity.

    Col. 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.

    Col. 4:7 All my undertakings Tychicus will make known to you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord:

    Col. 4:8 who I have sent to you for the same purpose, that he might know your concerns, and comfort your hearts;

    Col. 4:9 with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you all things which are done here.

    Col. 4:10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Marcus, Barnabas’ cousin, concerning who you received instructions: if he come to you, receive him.

    Col. 4:11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my co-workers within the kingdom of God, who have been a soothing balm to me.

    Col. 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a slave of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand mature and complete in all the will of God.

    Col. 4:13 For I testify of him, that he has a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.

    Col. 4:14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.

    Col. 4:15 Greet the brothers who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the Assembly in his house.

    Col. 4:16 When this letter is read among you, cause that it be read also in the Assembly of the Laodiceans; and that you likewise read the letter from Laodicea.

    Col. 4:17 And say to Archippus, pay attention to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may be completing it.

    Col. 4:18 This salutation is by my hand, Paul. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Amen.


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