Colossians 1:3-14New American Standard Bible (NASB)
3 We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have [a]for all the [b]saints;5 because of the hope laid up for you in [c]heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, [d]the gospel6 which has come to you, just as [e]in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and [f]increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and [g]understood the grace of God in truth;7 just as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf,8 and he also informed us of your love in the Spirit.
9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the [h]knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, [i]to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and [j]increasing in the [k]knowledge of God;11 strengthened with all power, according to [l]His glorious might, [m]for the attaining of all steadfastness and [n]patience; joyously12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us [o]to share in the inheritance of the [p]saints in Light.
The Incomparable Christ
13 [q]For He rescued us from the [r]domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of [s]His beloved Son,14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
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