12 (A)giving thanks[a] to the Father, who has qualified you[b] to share in (B)the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He (C)has delivered us from (D)the domain of darkness and transferred us to (E)the kingdom of (F)his beloved Son, 14 (G)in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

The Preeminence of Christ

15 (H)He is the image of (I)the invisible God, (J)the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by[c] him all things were created, (K)in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether (L)thrones or (M)dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created (N)through him and for him. 17 And (O)he is before all things, and in him all things (P)hold together.

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Footnotes

  1. Colossians 1:12 Or patience, with joy giving thanks
  2. Colossians 1:12 Some manuscripts us
  3. Colossians 1:16 That is, by means of; or in

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