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15 who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16 for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him; 17 and he is before all things, and in him all things [a]consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; [b]that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 [c]For it was the good pleasure of the Father that in him should all the fulness dwell; 20 and through him to reconcile all things [d]unto [e]himself, having made peace through the blood of his cross; through him, I say, whether things upon the earth, or things in the heavens. 21 And you, being in time past alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil works, 22 yet now [f]hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish and unreproveable before him: 23 if so be that ye continue in the faith, grounded and stedfast, and not moved away from the hope of the [g]gospel which ye heard, which was preached in all creation under heaven; whereof I Paul was made a minister.

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  1. Colossians 1:17 That is, hold together.
  2. Colossians 1:18 Or, that among all he might have etc.
  3. Colossians 1:19 Or, For the whole fulness of God was pleased to dwell in him
  4. Colossians 1:20 Or, into him
  5. Colossians 1:20 Or, him
  6. Colossians 1:22 Some ancient authorities read ye have been reconciled.
  7. Colossians 1:23 Greek good tidings. See verse 1.