For this reason also, (A)since the day we heard of it, (B)we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the [a](C)knowledge of His will in all spiritual (D)wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will (E)walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, [b](F)to please Him in all respects, (G)bearing fruit in every good work and [c]increasing in the [d]knowledge of God; 11 (H)strengthened with all power, according to [e]His glorious might, [f]for the attaining of all steadfastness and [g]patience; (I)joyously 12 giving thanks to (J)the Father, who has qualified us [h]to share in (K)the inheritance of the [i]saints in (L)Light.

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13 [j]For He rescued us from the [k](M)domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of [l](N)His beloved Son, 14 (O)in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

15 [m]He is the (P)image of the (Q)invisible God, the (R)firstborn of all creation. 16 For [n](S)by Him all things were created, (T)both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether (U)thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—(V)all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He [o](W)is before all things, and in Him all things [p]hold together. 18 He is also (X)head of (Y)the body, the church; and He is (Z)the beginning, (AA)the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For [q]it was (AB)the Father’s good pleasure for all (AC)the [r]fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to (AD)reconcile all things to Himself, having made (AE)peace through (AF)the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, (AG)whether things on earth or things in [s]heaven.

21 And although you were (AH)formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now (AI)reconciled you in His fleshly (AJ)body through death, in order to (AK)present you before Him (AL)holy and blameless and beyond reproach— 23 if indeed you continue in [t]the faith firmly (AM)established and steadfast, and not moved away from the (AN)hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed (AO)in all creation under heaven, (AP)and of which I, Paul, [u]was made a [v](AQ)minister.

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Footnotes

  1. Colossians 1:9 Or real knowledge
  2. Colossians 1:10 Lit unto all pleasing
  3. Colossians 1:10 Or growing by the knowledge
  4. Colossians 1:10 Or real knowledge
  5. Colossians 1:11 Lit the might of His glory
  6. Colossians 1:11 Lit unto all
  7. Colossians 1:11 Or patience with joy
  8. Colossians 1:12 Lit unto the portion of
  9. Colossians 1:12 Or holy ones
  10. Colossians 1:13 Lit Who rescued
  11. Colossians 1:13 Lit authority
  12. Colossians 1:13 Lit the Son of His love
  13. Colossians 1:15 Lit Who is
  14. Colossians 1:16 Or in
  15. Colossians 1:17 Or has existed prior to
  16. Colossians 1:17 Or endure
  17. Colossians 1:19 Or all the fullness was pleased to dwell
  18. Colossians 1:19 I.e. fullness of deity
  19. Colossians 1:20 Lit the heavens
  20. Colossians 1:23 Or in faith
  21. Colossians 1:23 Lit became
  22. Colossians 1:23 Or servant