because of the (A)hope (B)reserved for you in [a]heaven, of which you previously (C)heard in the word of truth, [b]the gospel which has come to you, just as [c](D)in all the world also it is bearing (E)fruit and [d]increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you (F)heard it and [e]understood the grace of God in truth; just as you learned it from (G)Epaphras, our (H)beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf, and he also informed us of your (I)love in the Spirit.

For this reason we also, (J)since the day we heard about it, (K)have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the [f](L)knowledge of His will in all spiritual (M)wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will (N)walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, [g](O)to please Him in all respects, (P)bearing fruit in every good work and [h]increasing in the [i]knowledge of God; 11 (Q)strengthened with all power, according to [j]His glorious might, [k]for the attaining of all perseverance and [l]patience; (R)joyously 12 giving thanks to (S)the Father, who has qualified us [m]to share in (T)the inheritance of the [n]saints in (U)light.

The Incomparable Christ

13 [o]For He rescued us from the [p](V)domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of [q](W)His beloved Son, 14 (X)in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

15 [r]He is the (Y)image of the (Z)invisible God, the (AA)firstborn of all creation: 16 for [s](AB)by Him all things were created, (AC)both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether (AD)thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities—(AE)all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He [t](AF)is before all things, and in Him all things [u]hold together. 18 He is also the (AG)head of (AH)the body, the church; and He is (AI)the beginning, (AJ)the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For [v]it was (AK)the Father’s good pleasure for all (AL)the [w]fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to (AM)reconcile all things to Himself, (AN)whether things on earth or things in [x]heaven, having made (AO)peace through (AP)the blood of His cross.

21 And although you were (AQ)previously alienated and hostile in attitude, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now (AR)reconciled you in His (AS)body of flesh through death, in order to (AT)present you before Him (AU)holy and blameless and beyond reproach— 23 if indeed you continue in [y]the faith firmly (AV)established and steadfast, and not shifting from the (AW)hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed (AX)in all creation under heaven, (AY)and of which I, Paul, [z]was made a [aa](AZ)minister.

24 (BA)Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh (BB)I am supplementing what is lacking [ab]in Christ’s afflictions in behalf of (BC)His body, which is the church. 25 (BD)I [ac]was made a minister of this church according to the (BE)commission from God granted to me for your benefit, so that I might [ad]fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, 26 that is, (BF)the mystery which had been hidden from the past ages and generations, but now has been revealed to His [ae]saints, 27 to whom (BG)God willed to make known what (BH)the wealth of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles is, the mystery that is (BI)Christ in you, the (BJ)hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, (BK)admonishing every person and teaching every person [af]with all (BL)wisdom, so that we may (BM)present every person [ag](BN)complete in Christ. 29 For this purpose I also (BO)labor, (BP)striving (BQ)according to His [ah]power which [ai]works mightily within me.

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Footnotes

  1. Colossians 1:5 Lit the heavens
  2. Colossians 1:5 Or of the gospel
  3. Colossians 1:6 Or it is in all the world also, bearing
  4. Colossians 1:6 Or spreading abroad
  5. Colossians 1:6 Or came to fully know
  6. Colossians 1:9 Or real knowledge
  7. Colossians 1:10 Lit unto all pleasing
  8. Colossians 1:10 Or growing by the knowledge
  9. Colossians 1:10 Or real knowledge
  10. Colossians 1:11 Lit the might of His glory
  11. Colossians 1:11 Lit unto all
  12. Colossians 1:11 Or patience with joy
  13. Colossians 1:12 Lit unto the portion of
  14. Colossians 1:12 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
  15. Colossians 1:13 Lit Who rescued
  16. Colossians 1:13 Lit authority
  17. Colossians 1:13 Lit the Son of His love
  18. Colossians 1:15 Lit Who is
  19. Colossians 1:16 Or in
  20. Colossians 1:17 Or has existed prior to
  21. Colossians 1:17 Or endure
  22. Colossians 1:19 Or all the fullness was pleased to dwell
  23. Colossians 1:19 I.e., fullness of deity
  24. Colossians 1:20 Lit the heavens
  25. Colossians 1:23 Or in faith
  26. Colossians 1:23 Lit became
  27. Colossians 1:23 Or servant
  28. Colossians 1:24 Lit of
  29. Colossians 1:25 Lit became
  30. Colossians 1:25 Lit make full the word of God
  31. Colossians 1:26 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
  32. Colossians 1:28 Lit in
  33. Colossians 1:28 Or perfect
  34. Colossians 1:29 Lit working
  35. Colossians 1:29 Lit in power

(A)because of the truth which remains (B)in us and will be (C)with us forever:

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