1:1Paul, apostle of Christ Jesus, by God's will, and Timotheus the brother,
1:2to the holy and faithful brethren in Christ which are in Colosse. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ.
1:3We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ continually when praying for you,
1:4having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and the love which ye have towards all the saints,
1:5on account of the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens; of which ye heard before in the word of the truth of the glad tidings,
1:6which are come to you, as they are in all the world, and are bearing fruit and growing, even as also among you, from the day ye heard them and knew indeed the grace of God, in truth:
1:7even as ye learned from Epaphras our beloved fellow-bondman, who is a faithful minister of Christ for you,
1:8who has also manifested to us your love in the Spirit.
1:9For this reason *we* also, from the day we heard of your faith and love, do not cease praying and asking for you, to the end that ye may be filled with the full knowledge of his will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,
1:10so as to walk worthily of the Lord unto all well-pleasing, bearing fruit in every good work, and growing by the true knowledge of God;
1:11strengthened with all power according to the might of his glory unto all endurance and longsuffering with joy;
1:12giving thanks to the Father, who has made us fit for sharing the portion of the saints in light,
1:13who has delivered us from the authority of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love:
1:14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins;
1:15who is image of the invisible God, firstborn of all creation;
1:16because by him were created all things, the things in the heavens and the things upon the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones, or lordships, or principalities, or authorities: all things have been created by him and for him.
1:17And *he* is before all, and all things subsist together by him.
1:18And *he* is the head of the body, the assembly; who is the beginning, firstborn from among the dead, that *he* might have the first place in all things:
1:19for in him all the fulness of the Godhead was pleased to dwell,
1:20and by him to reconcile all things to itself, having made peace by the blood of his cross -- by him, whether the things on the earth or the things in the heavens.
1:21And you, who once were alienated and enemies in mind by wicked works, yet now has it reconciled
1:23if indeed ye abide in the faith founded and firm, and not moved away from the hope of the glad tidings, which ye have heard, which have been proclaimed in the whole creation which is under heaven, of which *I* Paul became minister.
1:26the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but has now been made manifest to his saints;
1:27to whom God would make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the nations, which is Christ in you the hope of glory:
1:28whom *we* announce, admonishing every man, and teaching every man, in all wisdom, to the end that we may present every man perfect in Christ.
1:29Whereunto also I toil, combating according to his working, which works in me in power.
2:1For I would have you know what combat I have for you, and those in Laodicea, and as many as have not seen my face in flesh;
2:2to the end that their hearts may be encouraged, being united together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the full knowledge of the mystery of God;
2:3in which are hid all the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge.
2:4And I say this to the end that no one may delude you by persuasive speech.
2:5For if indeed in the flesh I am absent, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing and seeing your order, and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
2:6As therefore ye have received the Christ, Jesus the Lord, walk in him,
2:8See that there be no one who shall lead *you* away as a prey through philosophy and vain deceit, according to the teaching of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ.
2:9For in him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily;
2:10and ye are complete in him, who is the head of all principality and authority,
2:11in whom also ye have been circumcised with circumcision not done by hand, in the putting off of the body of the flesh, in the circumcision of the Christ;
2:12buried with him in baptism, in which ye have been also raised with him through faith of the working of God who raised him from among the dead.
2:13And you, being dead in offences and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he has quickened together with him, having forgiven us all the offences;
2:15having spoiled principalities and authorities, he made a show of them publicly, leading them in triumph by it.
2:16Let none therefore judge you in meat or in drink, or in matter of feast, or new moon, or sabbaths,
2:17which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
2:18Let no one fraudulently deprive you of your prize, doing his own will in humility and worship of angels, entering into things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by the mind of his flesh,
2:19and not holding fast the head, from whom all the body, ministered to and united together by the joints and bands, increases with the increase of God.
2:20If ye have died with Christ from the elements of the world, why as if alive in the world do ye subject yourselves to ordinances?
2:21Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch,
2:22(things which are all for destruction in the using of them:) according to the injunctions and teachings of men,
3:1If therefore ye have been raised with the Christ, seek the things which are above, where the Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God:
3:2have your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth;
3:3for ye have died, and your life is hid with the Christ in God.
3:4When the Christ is manifested who is our life, then shall *ye* also be manifested with him in glory.
3:6On account of which things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
3:7In which *ye* also once walked when ye lived in these things.
3:8But now, put off, *ye* also, all these things, wrath, anger, malice, blasphemy, vile language out of your mouth.
3:9Do not lie to one another, having put off the old man with his deeds,
3:11wherein there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondman, freeman; but Christ is everything, and in all.
3:12Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering;
3:14And to all these add love, which is the bond of perfectness.
3:15And let the peace of Christ preside in your hearts, to which also ye have been called in one body, and be thankful.
3:17And everything, whatever ye may do in word or in deed, do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by him.
3:18Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
3:19Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
3:20Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing in the Lord.
3:21Fathers, do not vex your children, to the end that they be not disheartened.
3:22Bondmen, obey in all things your masters according to flesh; not with eye-services, as men-pleasers, but in simplicity of heart, fearing the Lord.
3:23Whatsoever ye do, labour at it heartily, as doing it to the Lord, and not to men;
3:24knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the recompense of the inheritance; ye serve the Lord Christ.
3:25For he that does a wrong shall receive the wrong he has done, and there is no respect of persons.
4:1Masters, give to bondmen what is just and fair, knowing that *ye* also have a Master in the heavens.
4:2Persevere in prayer, watching in it with thanksgiving;
4:3praying at the same time for us also, that God may open to us a door of the word to speak the mystery of Christ, on account of which also I am bound,
4:4to the end that I may make it manifest as I ought to speak.
4:5Walk in wisdom towards those without, redeeming opportunities.
4:6Let your word be always with grace, seasoned with salt, so as to know how ye ought to answer each one.
4:7Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow-bondman in the Lord, will make known to you all that concerns me;
4:8whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that he might know your state, and that he might encourage your hearts:
4:9with Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known to you everything here.
4:10Aristarchus my fellow-captive salutes you, and Mark, Barnabas's cousin, concerning whom ye have received orders, (if he come to you, receive him,)
4:11and Jesus called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These are the only fellow-workers for the kingdom of God who have been a consolation to me.
4:13For I bear him witness that he labours much for you, and them in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.
4:14Luke, the beloved physician, salutes you, and Demas.
4:15Salute the brethren in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the assembly which is in his house.
4:16And when the letter has been read among you, cause that it be read also in the assembly of Laodiceans, and that *ye* also read that from Laodicea.
4:18The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you.