001:001 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,
001:002 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.
001:003 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
001:004 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,
001:005 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
001:006 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:
001:007 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
001:008 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
001:009 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;
001:010 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
001:011 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
001:012 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
001:013 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
001:014 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
001:015 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
001:016 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:
001:017 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
001:018 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.
001:019 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
001:020 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.
001:021 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
001:022 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
001:023 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;
001:024 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:
001:025 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
001:026 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
001:027 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
001:028 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
001:029 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
002:001 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
002:002 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
002:003 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
002:004 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
002:005 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
002:006 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
002:007 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
002:008 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
002:009 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
002:010 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
002:011 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
002:012 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
002:013 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
002:014 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
002:015 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
002:016 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
002:017 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
002:018 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
002:019 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
002:020 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
002:021 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
002:022 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
002:023 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
003:001 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
003:002 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
003:003 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
003:004 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
003:005 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
003:006 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
003:007 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
003:008 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
003:009 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
003:010 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
003:011 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
003:012 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
003:013 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
003:014 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
003:015 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
003:016 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 hearts to the Lord.
003:017 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
003:018 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
003:019 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
003:020 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
003:021 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
003:022 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;
003:023 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
003:024 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
003:025 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
004:001 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
004:002 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
004:003 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
004:004 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
004:005 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
004:006 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
004:007 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord:
004:008 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts;
004:009 With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.
004:010 Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;)
004:011 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.
004:012 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
004:013 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.
004:014 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.
004:015 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.
004:016 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.
004:017 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
004:018 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.
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