11 (A)being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for (B)all endurance and patience (C)with joy; 12 (D)giving thanks[a] to the Father, who has qualified you[b] to share in (E)the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He (F)has delivered us from (G)the domain of darkness and transferred us to (H)the kingdom of (I)his beloved Son, 14 (J)in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

The Preeminence of Christ

15 (K)He is the image of (L)the invisible God, (M)the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by[c] him all things were created, (N)in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether (O)thrones or (P)dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created (Q)through him and for him. 17 And (R)he is before all things, and in him all things (S)hold together. 18 And (T)he is the head of the body, the church. He is (U)the beginning, (V)the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For (W)in him all the (X)fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and (Y)through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, (Z)making peace (AA)by the blood of his cross.

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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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