Paul, an apostle(A) of Christ Jesus by the will of God,(B) and Timothy(C) our brother,

To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters[a] in Christ:

Grace(D) and peace to you from God our Father.[b](E)

Thanksgiving and Prayer

We always thank God,(F) the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love(G) you have for all God’s people(H) the faith and love that spring from the hope(I) stored up for you in heaven(J) and about which you have already heard in the true message(K) of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit(L) and growing throughout the whole world(M)—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from Epaphras,(N) our dear fellow servant,[c] who is a faithful minister(O) of Christ on our[d] behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.(P)

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  1. Colossians 1:2 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 4:15.
  2. Colossians 1:2 Some manuscripts Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
  3. Colossians 1:7 Or slave
  4. Colossians 1:7 Some manuscripts your

奉神旨意做基督耶稣使徒的保罗,和兄弟提摩太 写信给歌罗西的圣徒,在基督里有忠心的弟兄。愿恩惠、平安从神我们的父归于你们!


我们感谢神我们主耶稣基督的父,常常为你们祷告, 因听见你们在基督耶稣里的信心并向众圣徒的爱心—— 是为那给你们存在天上的盼望。这盼望就是你们从前在福音真理的道上所听见的。 这福音传到你们那里,也传到普天之下,并且结果、增长,如同在你们中间,自从你们听见福音真知道神恩惠的日子一样。 正如你们从我们所亲爱、一同做仆人的以巴弗所学的。他为我们[a]做了基督忠心的执事, 也把你们因圣灵所存的爱心告诉了我们。

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  1. 歌罗西书 1:7 有古卷作:你们。