Colossians 1:1-12New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Thankfulness for Spiritual Attainments
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ [a]by the will of God, and Timothy [b]our brother,
2 To the [c]saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
3 We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have [d]for all the [e]saints;5 because of the hope laid up for you in [f]heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, [g]the gospel6 which has come to you, just as [h]in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and [i]increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and [j]understood the grace of God in truth;7 just as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf,8 and he also informed us of your love in the Spirit.
9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the [k]knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, [l]to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and [m]increasing in the [n]knowledge of God;11 strengthened with all power, according to [o]His glorious might, [p]for the attaining of all steadfastness and [q]patience; joyously12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us [r]to share in the inheritance of the [s]saints in Light.
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