Christian Standard Bible
13 He has rescued(A) us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom(B) of the Son(C) he loves.(D) 14 In him we have redemption,[a] the forgiveness of sins.
The Centrality of Christ
15 He is the image of the invisible God,(E)
the firstborn over all creation.(F)
16 For everything was created by him,(G)
in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions
or rulers or authorities—
all things have been created through him and for him.(H)
17 He is before all things,(I)
and by him all things(J) hold together.
18 He is also the head of the body, the church;
he is the beginning,(K)
the firstborn from the dead,(L)
so that he might come to have
first place in everything.
- 1:14 Other mss add through his blood
New International Version
13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness(A) and brought us into the kingdom(B) of the Son he loves,(C) 14 in whom we have redemption,(D) the forgiveness of sins.(E)
The Supremacy of the Son of God
15 The Son is the image(F) of the invisible God,(G) the firstborn(H) over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created:(I) things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;(J) all things have been created through him and for him.(K) 17 He is before all things,(L) and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head(M) of the body, the church;(N) he is the beginning and the firstborn(O) from among the dead,(P) so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
English Standard Version
13 He (A)has delivered us from (B)the domain of darkness and transferred us to (C)the kingdom of (D)his beloved Son, 14 (E)in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
The Preeminence of Christ
15 (F)He is the image of (G)the invisible God, (H)the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by[a] him all things were created, (I)in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether (J)thrones or (K)dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created (L)through him and for him. 17 And (M)he is before all things, and in him all things (N)hold together. 18 And (O)he is the head of the body, the church. He is (P)the beginning, (Q)the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.Read full chapter
- Colossians 1:16 That is, by means of; or in
New Living Translation
13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom[a] and forgave our sins.
Christ Is Supreme
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,[b]
16 for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
18 Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.[c]
So he is first in everything.
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