For this reason we also, (A)since the day we heard about it, (B)have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the [a](C)knowledge of His will in all spiritual (D)wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will (E)walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, [b](F)to please Him in all respects, (G)bearing fruit in every good work and [c]increasing in the [d]knowledge of God; 11 (H)strengthened with all power, according to [e]His glorious might, [f]for the attaining of all perseverance and [g]patience; (I)joyously 12 giving thanks to (J)the Father, who has qualified us [h]to share in (K)the inheritance of the [i]saints in (L)light.

The Incomparable Christ

13 [j]For He rescued us from the [k](M)domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of [l](N)His beloved Son, 14 (O)in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

15 [m]He is the (P)image of the (Q)invisible God, the (R)firstborn of all creation: 16 for [n](S)by Him all things were created, (T)both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether (U)thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities—(V)all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He [o](W)is before all things, and in Him all things [p]hold together. 18 He is also the (X)head of (Y)the body, the church; and He is (Z)the beginning, (AA)the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For [q]it was (AB)the Father’s good pleasure for all (AC)the [r]fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to (AD)reconcile all things to Himself, (AE)whether things on earth or things in [s]heaven, having made (AF)peace through (AG)the blood of His cross.

21 And although you were (AH)previously alienated and hostile in attitude, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now (AI)reconciled you in His (AJ)body of flesh through death, in order to (AK)present you before Him (AL)holy and blameless and beyond reproach—

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  1. Colossians 1:9 Or real knowledge
  2. Colossians 1:10 Lit unto all pleasing
  3. Colossians 1:10 Or growing by the knowledge
  4. Colossians 1:10 Or real knowledge
  5. Colossians 1:11 Lit the might of His glory
  6. Colossians 1:11 Lit unto all
  7. Colossians 1:11 Or patience with joy
  8. Colossians 1:12 Lit unto the portion of
  9. Colossians 1:12 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
  10. Colossians 1:13 Lit Who rescued
  11. Colossians 1:13 Lit authority
  12. Colossians 1:13 Lit the Son of His love
  13. Colossians 1:15 Lit Who is
  14. Colossians 1:16 Or in
  15. Colossians 1:17 Or has existed prior to
  16. Colossians 1:17 Or endure
  17. Colossians 1:19 Or all the fullness was pleased to dwell
  18. Colossians 1:19 I.e., fullness of deity
  19. Colossians 1:20 Lit the heavens

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