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Colossians 1:12-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us [a]to share in the inheritance of the [b]saints in Light.

The Incomparable Christ

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

15 [f]He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For [g]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 [h]is before all things, and in Him all things [i]hold together.


  1. Colossians 1:12 Lit unto the portion of
  2. Colossians 1:12 Or holy ones
  3. Colossians 1:13 Lit Who rescued
  4. Colossians 1:13 Lit authority
  5. Colossians 1:13 Lit the Son of His love
  6. Colossians 1:15 Lit Who is
  7. Colossians 1:16 Or in
  8. Colossians 1:17 Or has existed prior to
  9. Colossians 1:17 Or endure
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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Colossians 1:12-17 The Voice (VOICE)

12 Thank You, Father, as You have made us[a] eligible to receive our portion of the inheritance given to all those set apart by the light. 13 You have rescued us from dark powers and brought us safely into the kingdom of Your Son, whom You love 14 and in whom we are redeemed and forgiven of our sins [through His blood].[b]

15 He is the exact image of the invisible God, the firstborn of creation, the eternal. 16 It was by Him that everything was created: the heavens, the earth, all things within and upon them, all things seen and unseen, thrones and dominions, spiritual powers and authorities. Every detail was crafted through His design, by His own hands, and for His purposes. 17 He has always been! It is His hand that holds everything together.


  1. 1:12 Other manuscripts read “you.”
  2. 1:14 Early manuscripts omit this portion.
The Voice (VOICE)

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Colossians 1:12-18 The Message (MSG)

9-12 Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.

13-14 God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating.

Christ Holds It All Together

15-18 We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.

The Message (MSG)

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