Preeminence of Christ

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

15 He is (Q)the image of the invisible God, (R)the firstborn over all creation. 16 For (S)by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or (T)dominions or [c]principalities or [d]powers. All things were created (U)through Him and for Him. 17 (V)And He is before all things, and in Him (W)all things consist. 18 And (X)He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, (Y)the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

Reconciled in Christ

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

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

Sacrificial Service for Christ

24 (AM)I now rejoice in my sufferings (AN)for you, and fill up in my flesh (AO)what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for (AP)the sake of His body, which is the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to (AQ)the [e]stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26 (AR)the [f]mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, (AS)but now has been revealed to His saints. 27 (AT)To them God willed to make known what are (AU)the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: [g]which is (AV)Christ in you, (AW)the hope of glory. 28 Him we preach, (AX)warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, (AY)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 (AZ)mightily.

Not Philosophy but Christ

For I want you to know what a great (BA)conflict[h] 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, [i]both of the Father and of Christ, (BB)in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

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

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

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


  1. Colossians 1:13 transferred
  2. Colossians 1:14 NU, M omit through His blood
  3. Colossians 1:16 rulers
  4. Colossians 1:16 authorities
  5. Colossians 1:25 dispensation or administration
  6. Colossians 1:26 secret or hidden truth
  7. Colossians 1:27 M who
  8. Colossians 2:1 struggle
  9. Colossians 2:2 NU omits both of the Father and
  10. Colossians 2:5 Lit. and seeing
  11. Colossians 2:7 NU omits in it
  12. Colossians 2:8 Lit. plunder you or take you captive
  13. Colossians 2:9 in bodily form
  14. Colossians 2:10 rule and authority

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