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1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God and Timotheus our brother,
saints and faithful brothers in Christ who are at Colosse. Grace and peace to you from God our
Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
4Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love which you have for all the
5For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the
truth of the gospel
6Which has come to you, as it has in all the world and brings forth
fruit, as it
does also in you since the day you heard it and knew the grace of God in truth.
7As you also
learned of Epaphras our dear fellow servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ, 8Who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.
9Also for this cause we do not cease to pray for you since the day we heard it and
to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual
understanding 10So that you might walk worthy of the Lord, pleasing all, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God, 11Strengthened with all might according to his glorious power, to all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.
12Giving thanks to the Father, who has made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light,
13Who has delivered us from the power of darkness and has translated us
kingdom of his dear Son. 14In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the
forgiveness of sins,
15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature
16For by him all things were created, that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they are thrones or dominions or principalities or powers, all things were created by
him and for him. 17And he is before all things and by him all things consist.
18And he is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead so that in all things he
might have the preeminence. 19For it pleased the Father that in him all fulness should dwell 20And having made peace by him through the blood of his cross, to reconcile all things to himself by him. I say, whether they are things in earth or things in heaven.
21And yet he has now reconciled you (who were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works) 22In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight. 23If you continue in the faith grounded and settled and not be moved away from the hope of the gospel which you have heard and which was preached to every creature who is under heaven of which I Paul am made a minister. 24Who 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 25Of which I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God, 26Even the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations but now is made manifest to his saints. 27To 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. 28Whom we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all
wisdom so that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus, 29In which I also labor, striving according to his working which works in me mightily.
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1For I would that you knew what great conflict I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh. 2That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love and to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God and of the Father and of Christ, 3In whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.
4And I say this, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 5For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order and the
steadfastness of your faith in Christ. 6Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord so walk in him, 7Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith as you have been taught, abounding in him with thanksgiving. 8Beware 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.
9For in him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10And you are complete in him, who is the head of all principality and power, 11In whom also you are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.
12Buried with him in baptism, in which you are also risen with him through faith in the operation of God who has raised him from the dead. 13And being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he has quickened you together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses
14Blotting 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 15And having spoiled principalities and powers by the cross, he openly made a show of them, triumphing over them.
16Therefore let no man judge you in meat or in drink or in respect of a holy day or of the
new moon or of the sabbaths, 17Which are a shadow of things to come but the body is of Christ. 18Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshiping of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind
19And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment
ministered and knit together increases with the increase of God. 20Therefore if you are dead
with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject
to ordinances, 21(Touch not, taste not, handle not. 22Which all are to perish with the using) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23Which things indeed have a show of wisdom in will-worship and humility and neglecting of the body but they have no value in controlling fleshly passions.
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1If then you are risen with Christ, seek those things which are above where Christ sits on the right hand of God. 2Set your affection on things above not on things on the earth. 3For you are dead and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then you also shall appear with him in glory.
5Therefore mortify your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil desire and covetousness, which is idolatry 6For which things' sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience. 7In which you also walked some time when you lived in them.
8But now also put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds 10And have put on the new man, who is renewed in knowledge after the image of him who created him 11Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision,
Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free but Christ is all and in all.
12Therefore holy and beloved, as the elect of God, put on a heart of mercies, kindness,
humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering, 13Forbearing one another and forgiving one
another. If any man has a quarrel against any, even as Christ forgave you, so also do you. 14And above all these things put on love which is the bond of perfectness. 15And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you are called in one body and be thankful. 16Let 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. 17And what ever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
18Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as it is fitting in the Lord. 19Husbands, love your wives and be not bitter against them. 20Children, obey your parents in all things for this is well pleasing to the Lord. 21Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, lest they become discouraged. 22Servants, obey your masters according to the flesh in all things, not with eye
service as men pleasers but in singleness of heart, fearing God 23And what ever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. 24Knowing that you shall receive the reward of the inheritance from the Lord for you serve the Lord Christ. 25But he who does wrong shall receive for the wrong that he has done and there is no respect of persons.
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1Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
2Continue in prayer and watch in it with thanksgiving 3And praying also for us, that God would open a door of discourse for us, to speak the mystery of Christ for which I am also in
bonds 4So that I may make it clear, as I ought to speak.
5Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. 6Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt so that you may know how you ought to answer every man.
7Tychicus will declare to you all my state. He is a beloved brother and a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord, 8Whom I have sent to you for the same purpose so that he might know your state and comfort your hearts, 9With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known to you all things which are being done here.
fellow prisoner salutes you and Marcus, nephew of Barnabas, (touching whom you received
commandments. If he comes to you, receive him)
11And Jesus, who is called Justus, who is of the circumcision. These only are my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, who have been a comfort to me. 12Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. 13For I bear record, that he has a great zeal for you and those who are in Laodicea and Hierapolis.
14Luke, the beloved physician and Demas, greet you. 15Salute the brothers who are
in Laodicea and Nymphas and the church which is in his house.
16And when this epistle is read among you, cause it also to be read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you likewise read the epistle to Laodicea. 17And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord so that you fulfil it. 18The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.
[Written from Rome to Colossians carried by Tychicus and Onesimus. KJV note.]
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