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Colossians 1 - 2 Thessalonians 1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Thankfulness for Spiritual Attainments

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ [a]by the will of God, and Timothy [b]our brother,

To the [c]saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have [d]for all the [e]saints; because of the hope laid up for you in [f]heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, [g]the gospel which has come to you, just as [h]in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and [i]increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and [j]understood the grace of God in truth; just as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf, and he also informed us of your love in the Spirit.

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 [k]knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, [l]to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and [m]increasing in the [n]knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all power, according to [o]His glorious might, [p]for the attaining of all steadfastness and [q]patience; joyously 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us [r]to share in the inheritance of the [s]saints in Light.

The Incomparable Christ

13 [t]For He rescued us from the [u]domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of [v]His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

15 [w]He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For [x]by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He [y]is before all things, and in Him all things [z]hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For [aa]it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the [ab]fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in [ac]heaven.

21 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach— 23 if indeed you continue in [ad]the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, [ae]was made a [af]minister.

24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I [ag]do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking [ah]in Christ’s afflictions. 25 Of this church I [ai]was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might [aj]fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, 26 that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His [ak]saints, 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man [al]with all wisdom, so that we may present every man [am]complete in Christ. 29 For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His [an]power, which [ao]mightily works within me.

You Are Built Up in Christ

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not [ap]personally seen my face, that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth [aq]that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument. For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing [ar]to see [as]your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so [at]walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established [au]in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing [av]with gratitude.

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, [aw]rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been made [ax]complete, and He is the head [ay]over all rule and authority; 11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were dead [az]in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had [ba]disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through [bb]Him.

16 Therefore no one is to [bc]act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath [bd]day— 17 things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the [be]substance [bf]belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one keep [bg]defrauding you of your prize by delighting in [bh]self-abasement and the worship of the angels, [bi]taking his stand on visions he has seen, [bj]inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and [bk]ligaments, grows with a growth [bl]which is from God.

20 If you have died with Christ [bm]to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, 21 “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” 22 (which all refer to things destined to perish [bn]with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? 23 These are matters which have, to be sure, the [bo]appearance of wisdom in [bp]self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.

Put On the New Self

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. [bq]Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

Therefore [br]consider the members of your earthly body as dead to [bs]immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which [bt]amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come [bu]upon the sons of disobedience, and in them you also once walked, when you were living [bv]in them. But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. [bw]Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old [bx]self with its evil practices, 10 and have put on the new self who is being [by]renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— 11 a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, [bz]barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and [ca]patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is [cb]the perfect bond of unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ [cc]rule in your hearts, to which [cd]indeed you were called in one body; and [ce]be thankful. 16 Let the word of [cf]Christ richly dwell within you, [cg]with all wisdom teaching and admonishing [ch]one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing [ci]with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Family Relations

18 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them. 20 Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing [cj]to the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.

22 Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters [ck]on earth, not with [cl]external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, do your work [cm]heartily, as for the Lord [cn]rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward [co]of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. 25 For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and [cp]that without partiality.

Fellow Workers

Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.

[cq]Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, [cr]making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be [cs]with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.

As to all my affairs, Tychicus, our beloved brother and faithful servant and fellow bond-servant in the Lord, will bring you information. For I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts; [ct]and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of your number. They will inform you about the whole situation here.

10 Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends you his greetings; and also Barnabas’s cousin Mark (about whom you received [cu]instructions; if he comes to you, welcome him); 11 and also Jesus who is called Justus; these are the only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are from the circumcision, and they have proved to be an encouragement to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may [cv]stand [cw]perfect and [cx]fully assured in all the will of God. 13 For I testify for him that he has [cy]a deep concern for you and for those who are in Laodicea and Hierapolis. 14 Luke, the beloved physician, sends you his greetings, and also Demas. 15 Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea and also [cz]Nympha and the church that is in [da]her house. 16 When [db]this letter is read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and you, for your part read [dc]my letter that is coming from Laodicea. 17 Say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may [dd]fulfill it.”

18 [de]I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my [df]imprisonment. Grace be with you.

Thanksgiving for These Believers

Paul and Silvanus and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.

We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and [dg]steadfastness of hope [dh]in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father, knowing, brethren beloved by God, His choice of you; for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we [di]proved to be among you for your sake. You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything. For they themselves report about us what kind of a [dj]reception we had [dk]with you, and how you turned to God from [dl]idols to serve [dm]a living and true God, 10 and to wait for His Son from [dn]heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.

Paul’s Ministry

For you yourselves know, brethren, that our [do]coming to you was not in vain, but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much [dp]opposition. For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or [dq]by way of deceit; but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who [dr]examines our hearts. For we never came [ds]with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness— nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ [dt]we might have [du]asserted our authority. But we [dv]proved to be [dw]gentle [dx]among you, as a nursing mother [dy]tenderly cares for her own children. Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own [dz]lives, because you had become [ea]very dear to us.

For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we [eb]behaved toward you [ec]believers; 11 just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and [ed]imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, 12 so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

13 For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe. 14 For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews, 15 who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and [ee]drove us out. [ef]They are not pleasing to God, [eg]but hostile to all men, 16 hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved; with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them [eh]to the utmost.

17 But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a [ei]short while—in [ej]person, not in [ek]spirit—were all the more eager with great desire to see your face. 18 [el]For we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, [em]more than once—and yet Satan hindered us. 19 For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His [en]coming? 20 For you are our glory and joy.

Encouragement of Timothy’s Visit

Therefore when we could endure it no longer, we thought it best to be left behind at Athens alone, and we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith, so that no one would be [eo]disturbed by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we have been destined for this. For indeed when we were with you, we kept telling you in advance that we were going to suffer affliction; [ep]and so it came to pass, [eq]as you know. For this reason, when I could endure it no longer, I also sent to [er]find out about your faith, for fear that the tempter might have tempted you, and our labor would be in vain.

But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us good news of your faith and love, and that you always think kindly of us, longing to see us just as we also long to see you, for this reason, brethren, in all our distress and affliction we were comforted about you through your faith; for now we really live, if you stand firm in the Lord. For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account, 10 as we night and day keep praying most earnestly that we may see your face, and may complete what is lacking in your faith?

11 Now may our God and Father Himself and Jesus our Lord direct our way to you; 12 and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you; 13 so that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the [es]coming of our Lord Jesus with all His [et]saints.

Sanctification and Love

Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to [eu]walk and please God (just as you actually do [ev]walk), that you excel still more. For you know what commandments we gave you [ew]by the authority of the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from [ex]sexual immorality; that each of you know how to [ey]possess his own [ez]vessel in sanctification and honor, not in [fa]lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but [fb]in sanctification. So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.

Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; 10 for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, 12 so that you will [fc]behave properly toward outsiders and [fd]not be in any need.

Those Who Died in Christ

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep [fe]in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive [ff]and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a [fg]shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive [fh]and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

The Day of the Lord

Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord [fi]will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then [fj]destruction [fk]will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you [fl]like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as [fm]others do, but let us be alert and [fn]sober. For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. But since we are of the day, let us be [fo]sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. 11 Therefore [fp]encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

Christian Conduct

12 But we request of you, brethren, that you [fq]appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you [fr]instruction, 13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another. 14 We urge you, brethren, admonish the [fs]unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. 16 Rejoice always; 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not quench the Spirit; 20 do not despise prophetic [ft]utterances. 21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; 22 abstain from every [fu]form of evil.

23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

25 Brethren, pray for us[fv].

26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. 27 I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brethren.

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Thanksgiving for Faith and Perseverance

Paul and Silvanus and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater; therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your [fw]perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure. This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering. [fx]For after all it is only just [fy]for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give relief to you who are afflicted [fz]and to us as well [ga]when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with [gb]His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes to be glorified [gc]in His [gd]saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed. 11 To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will [ge]count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Footnotes:

  1. Colossians 1:1 Lit through
  2. Colossians 1:1 Lit the
  3. Colossians 1:2 Or holy ones
  4. Colossians 1:4 Or toward
  5. Colossians 1:4 Or holy ones
  6. Colossians 1:5 Lit the heavens
  7. Colossians 1:5 Or of the gospel
  8. Colossians 1:6 Or it is in the world
  9. Colossians 1:6 Or spreading abroad
  10. Colossians 1:6 Or came really to know
  11. Colossians 1:9 Or real knowledge
  12. Colossians 1:10 Lit unto all pleasing
  13. Colossians 1:10 Or growing by the knowledge
  14. Colossians 1:10 Or real knowledge
  15. Colossians 1:11 Lit the might of His glory
  16. Colossians 1:11 Lit unto all
  17. Colossians 1:11 Or patience with joy
  18. Colossians 1:12 Lit unto the portion of
  19. Colossians 1:12 Or holy ones
  20. Colossians 1:13 Lit Who rescued
  21. Colossians 1:13 Lit authority
  22. Colossians 1:13 Lit the Son of His love
  23. Colossians 1:15 Lit Who is
  24. Colossians 1:16 Or in
  25. Colossians 1:17 Or has existed prior to
  26. Colossians 1:17 Or endure
  27. Colossians 1:19 Or all the fullness was pleased to dwell
  28. Colossians 1:19 I.e. fullness of deity
  29. Colossians 1:20 Lit the heavens
  30. Colossians 1:23 Or in faith
  31. Colossians 1:23 Lit became
  32. Colossians 1:23 Or servant
  33. Colossians 1:24 Or representatively...fill up
  34. Colossians 1:24 Lit of
  35. Colossians 1:25 Lit became
  36. Colossians 1:25 Lit make full the word of God
  37. Colossians 1:26 Or holy ones
  38. Colossians 1:28 Lit in
  39. Colossians 1:28 Or perfect
  40. Colossians 1:29 Lit working
  41. Colossians 1:29 Lit in power
  42. Colossians 2:1 Lit in the flesh
  43. Colossians 2:2 Lit of the full assurance
  44. Colossians 2:5 Lit and seeing
  45. Colossians 2:5 Or your good order
  46. Colossians 2:6 Or lead your life
  47. Colossians 2:7 Or by
  48. Colossians 2:7 One early ms reads in it with
  49. Colossians 2:8 Lit and not
  50. Colossians 2:10 Lit full
  51. Colossians 2:10 Lit of
  52. Colossians 2:13 Or by reason of
  53. Colossians 2:15 Or divested Himself of
  54. Colossians 2:15 Or it; i.e. the cross
  55. Colossians 2:16 Lit judge you
  56. Colossians 2:16 Or days
  57. Colossians 2:17 Lit body
  58. Colossians 2:17 Lit of Christ
  59. Colossians 2:18 Or deciding against you
  60. Colossians 2:18 Or humility
  61. Colossians 2:18 Or going into detail about
  62. Colossians 2:18 Or conceited
  63. Colossians 2:19 Lit bonds
  64. Colossians 2:19 Lit of God
  65. Colossians 2:20 Lit from
  66. Colossians 2:22 Or by being consumed
  67. Colossians 2:23 Lit report; Gr logos
  68. Colossians 2:23 Or would-be religion
  69. Colossians 3:2 Or Be intent on
  70. Colossians 3:5 Lit put to death the members which are upon the earth
  71. Colossians 3:5 Lit fornication
  72. Colossians 3:5 Lit is
  73. Colossians 3:6 Two early mss do not contain upon the sons of disobedience
  74. Colossians 3:7 Or among these
  75. Colossians 3:9 Or Stop lying
  76. Colossians 3:9 Gr anthropos
  77. Colossians 3:10 Lit renovated
  78. Colossians 3:11 I.e. those who were not Greeks, either by birth or by culture
  79. Colossians 3:12 I.e. forbearance toward others
  80. Colossians 3:14 Lit the uniting bond of perfection
  81. Colossians 3:15 Or act as arbiter
  82. Colossians 3:15 Lit also
  83. Colossians 3:15 Or show yourselves thankful
  84. Colossians 3:16 One early ms reads the Lord
  85. Colossians 3:16 Or in
  86. Colossians 3:16 Or one another, singing with psalms...
  87. Colossians 3:16 Or by; lit in His grace
  88. Colossians 3:20 Lit in
  89. Colossians 3:22 Lit according to the flesh
  90. Colossians 3:22 Lit eyeservice
  91. Colossians 3:23 Lit from the soul
  92. Colossians 3:23 Lit and not
  93. Colossians 3:24 I.e. consisting of
  94. Colossians 3:25 Lit there is no partiality
  95. Colossians 4:5 Lit Walk
  96. Colossians 4:5 Lit redeeming the time
  97. Colossians 4:6 Or gracious
  98. Colossians 4:9 Lit along with Onesimus
  99. Colossians 4:10 Or orders
  100. Colossians 4:12 Or stand firm
  101. Colossians 4:12 Or complete or mature
  102. Colossians 4:12 Or made complete
  103. Colossians 4:13 Or much toil or great pain
  104. Colossians 4:15 Or Nymphas (masc)
  105. Colossians 4:15 One early ms reads their
  106. Colossians 4:16 Lit the
  107. Colossians 4:16 Lit the
  108. Colossians 4:17 Or continually fulfill
  109. Colossians 4:18 Lit The greeting by my hand of Paul
  110. Colossians 4:18 Lit bonds
  111. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 Or perseverance
  112. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 Lit of
  113. 1 Thessalonians 1:5 Or became
  114. 1 Thessalonians 1:9 Lit entrance
  115. 1 Thessalonians 1:9 Lit to
  116. 1 Thessalonians 1:9 Or the idols
  117. 1 Thessalonians 1:9 Or the
  118. 1 Thessalonians 1:10 Lit the heavens
  119. 1 Thessalonians 2:1 Lit entrance
  120. 1 Thessalonians 2:2 Or struggle, conflict
  121. 1 Thessalonians 2:3 Lit in deceit
  122. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 Or approves
  123. 1 Thessalonians 2:5 Lit in a word of flattery
  124. 1 Thessalonians 2:6 Lit being able to
  125. 1 Thessalonians 2:6 Or be burdensome
  126. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 Or became gentle
  127. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 Three early mss read babes
  128. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 Lit in the midst of you
  129. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 Or cherishes
  130. 1 Thessalonians 2:8 Or souls
  131. 1 Thessalonians 2:8 Lit beloved
  132. 1 Thessalonians 2:10 Lit became
  133. 1 Thessalonians 2:10 Or who believe
  134. 1 Thessalonians 2:11 Or testifying to
  135. 1 Thessalonians 2:15 Or persecuted us
  136. 1 Thessalonians 2:15 Lit and
  137. 1 Thessalonians 2:15 Lit and
  138. 1 Thessalonians 2:16 Or forever or altogether; lit to the end
  139. 1 Thessalonians 2:17 Lit occasion of an hour
  140. 1 Thessalonians 2:17 Lit face
  141. 1 Thessalonians 2:17 Lit heart
  142. 1 Thessalonians 2:18 Or Because
  143. 1 Thessalonians 2:18 Lit both once and twice
  144. 1 Thessalonians 2:19 Or presence
  145. 1 Thessalonians 3:3 Or deceived
  146. 1 Thessalonians 3:4 Lit just as
  147. 1 Thessalonians 3:4 Lit and
  148. 1 Thessalonians 3:5 Or to know, to ascertain
  149. 1 Thessalonians 3:13 Or presence
  150. 1 Thessalonians 3:13 Or holy ones
  151. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 Or conduct yourselves
  152. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 Or conduct yourselves
  153. 1 Thessalonians 4:2 Lit through the Lord
  154. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 Or fornication
  155. 1 Thessalonians 4:4 Or acquire
  156. 1 Thessalonians 4:4 I.e. body; or wife
  157. 1 Thessalonians 4:5 Lit passion of lust
  158. 1 Thessalonians 4:7 I.e. in the state or sphere of
  159. 1 Thessalonians 4:12 Lit walk
  160. 1 Thessalonians 4:12 Lit have need of nothing
  161. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 Lit through
  162. 1 Thessalonians 4:15 Lit who
  163. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 Or cry of command
  164. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 Lit who
  165. 1 Thessalonians 5:2 Lit is coming
  166. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 Or sudden destruction
  167. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 Lit comes upon
  168. 1 Thessalonians 5:4 One early ms reads like thieves
  169. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 Lit the remaining ones
  170. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 Or self-controlled
  171. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 Or self-controlled
  172. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Or comfort
  173. 1 Thessalonians 5:12 Lit know
  174. 1 Thessalonians 5:12 Or admonition
  175. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Or undisciplined
  176. 1 Thessalonians 5:20 Or gifts
  177. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Or appearance
  178. 1 Thessalonians 5:25 Two early mss add also
  179. 2 Thessalonians 1:4 Or steadfastness
  180. 2 Thessalonians 1:6 Lit If indeed
  181. 2 Thessalonians 1:6 Or in the sight of
  182. 2 Thessalonians 1:7 Lit along with us
  183. 2 Thessalonians 1:7 Lit at the revelation of the Lord Jesus
  184. 2 Thessalonians 1:7 Lit the angels of His power
  185. 2 Thessalonians 1:10 Or in the persons of
  186. 2 Thessalonians 1:10 Or holy ones
  187. 2 Thessalonians 1:11 Or make
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Colossians 1 - 2 Thessalonians 1 New King James Version (NKJV)

Greeting

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,

To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father [a]and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Their Faith in Christ

We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints; because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth [b]fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth; as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

Preeminence of Christ

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and [c]conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption [d]through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or [e]principalities or [f]powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

Reconciled in Christ

19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Sacrificial Service for Christ

24 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the [g]stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26 the [h]mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. 27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: [i]which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. 29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.

Not Philosophy but Christ

For I want you to know what a great conflict[j] I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, [k]both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing [l]to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding [m]in it with thanksgiving.

Beware lest anyone [n]cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead [o]bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all [p]principality and power.

Not Legalism but Christ

11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body [q]of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the [r]handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a [s]festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the [t]substance is of Christ. 18 Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has [u]not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.

20 [v]Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations— 21 “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” 22 which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and [w]neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

Not Carnality but Christ

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.

But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

Character of the New Man

12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

The Christian Home

18 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.

20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.

21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

22 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for[x] you serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.

Christian Graces; Final Greetings

Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

Christian Graces

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the [y]mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Final Greetings

Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me. I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that [z]he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts, with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you all things which are happening here.

10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with Mark the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him), 11 and Jesus who is called Justus. These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision; they have proved to be a comfort to me.

12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and [aa]complete in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him witness that he has a great [ab]zeal for you, and those who are in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis. 14 Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you. 15 Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea, and [ac]Nymphas and the church that is in [ad]his house.

Closing Exhortations and Blessing

16 Now when this epistle is read among you, see that it is read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. 17 And say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.”

18 This salutation by my own hand—Paul. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. Amen.

Greeting

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace to you and peace [ae]from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Their Good Example

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.

And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything. For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

Paul’s Conduct

For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain. But [af]even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict. For our exhortation did not come from error or uncleanness, nor was it in deceit.

But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts. For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a [ag]cloak for covetousness—God is witness. Nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, when we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. For you remember, brethren, our labor and toil; for laboring night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.

10 You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; 11 as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and [ah]charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, 12 that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

Their Conversion

13 For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe. 14 For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus. For you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as they did from the Judeans, 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God and are [ai]contrary to all men, 16 forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so as always to fill up the measure of their sins; but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost.

Longing to See Them

17 But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great desire. 18 Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us. 19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? 20 For you are our glory and joy.

Concern for Their Faith

Therefore, when we could no longer endure it, we thought it good to be left in Athens alone, and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith, that no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed to this. For, in fact, we told you before when we were with you that we would suffer tribulation, just as it happened, and you know. For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain.

Encouraged by Timothy

But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and brought us good news of your faith and love, and that you always have good remembrance of us, greatly desiring to see us, as we also to see you— therefore, brethren, in all our affliction and distress we were comforted concerning you by your faith. For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.

For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sake before our God, 10 night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face and perfect what is lacking in your faith?

Prayer for the Church

11 Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you. 12 And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, 13 so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.

Plea for Purity

Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who[aj] has also given us His Holy Spirit.

A Brotherly and Orderly Life

But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; 10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; 11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

The Comfort of Christ’s Coming

13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen [ak]asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who [al]sleep in Jesus.

15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are [am]asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

The Day of the Lord

But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be [an]sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.

11 Therefore [ao]comfort each other and [ap]edify one another, just as you also are doing.

Various Exhortations

12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and [aq]admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.

14 Now we [ar]exhort you, brethren, warn those who are [as]unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. 15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.

Blessing and Admonition

23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify[at] you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

25 Brethren, pray for us.

26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.

27 I charge you by the Lord that this [au]epistle be read to all the [av]holy brethren.

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Greeting

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

God’s Final Judgment and Glory

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other, so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and [aw]tribulations that you endure, which is manifest[ax] evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer; since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with [ay]tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who [az]believe, because our testimony among you was believed.

11 Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, 12 that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Footnotes:

  1. Colossians 1:2 NU omits and the Lord Jesus Christ
  2. Colossians 1:6 NU, M add and growing
  3. Colossians 1:13 transferred
  4. Colossians 1:14 NU, M omit through His blood
  5. Colossians 1:16 rulers
  6. Colossians 1:16 authorities
  7. Colossians 1:25 dispensation or administration
  8. Colossians 1:26 secret or hidden truth
  9. Colossians 1:27 M who
  10. Colossians 2:1 struggle
  11. Colossians 2:2 NU omits both of the Father and
  12. Colossians 2:5 Lit. and seeing
  13. Colossians 2:7 NU omits in it
  14. Colossians 2:8 Lit. plunder you or take you captive
  15. Colossians 2:9 in bodily form
  16. Colossians 2:10 rule and authority
  17. Colossians 2:11 NU omits of the sins
  18. Colossians 2:14 certificate of debt with its
  19. Colossians 2:16 feast day
  20. Colossians 2:17 Lit. body
  21. Colossians 2:18 NU omits not
  22. Colossians 2:20 NU, M omit Therefore
  23. Colossians 2:23 severe treatment, asceticism
  24. Colossians 3:24 NU omits for
  25. Colossians 4:3 hidden truth
  26. Colossians 4:8 NU you may know our circumstances and he may comfort
  27. Colossians 4:12 NU fully assured
  28. Colossians 4:13 NU concern
  29. Colossians 4:15 NU Nympha
  30. Colossians 4:15 NU her
  31. 1 Thessalonians 1:1 NU omits from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
  32. 1 Thessalonians 2:2 NU, M omit even
  33. 1 Thessalonians 2:5 pretext for greed
  34. 1 Thessalonians 2:11 NU, M implored
  35. 1 Thessalonians 2:15 hostile
  36. 1 Thessalonians 4:8 NU who also gives
  37. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 Died
  38. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 Or through Jesus sleep
  39. 1 Thessalonians 4:15 Dead
  40. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 self-controlled
  41. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Or encourage
  42. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 build one another up
  43. 1 Thessalonians 5:12 instruct or warn
  44. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 encourage
  45. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 insubordinate or idle
  46. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 set you apart
  47. 1 Thessalonians 5:27 letter
  48. 1 Thessalonians 5:27 NU omits holy
  49. 2 Thessalonians 1:4 afflictions
  50. 2 Thessalonians 1:5 plain
  51. 2 Thessalonians 1:6 affliction
  52. 2 Thessalonians 1:10 NU, M have believed
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