The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Colossians
AUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ
by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,
1:2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which
are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God
our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
1:4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of
the love which ye have to all the saints,
1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven,
whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the
1:6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the
world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you,
since the day ye heard of it and knew the grace of God
1:7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear
fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of
1:8 Who also declared unto us your love in the
1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard
it do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye
might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom
and spiritual understanding;
1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all
pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in
the knowledge of God;
1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his
glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with
1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us
meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in
1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness,
and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear
1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood,
even the forgiveness of sins:
1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the
firstborn of every creature:
1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in
heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether
they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or
powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things
1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is
the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all
things he might have the preeminence.
1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should
all fulness dwell;
1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his
cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him,
I say whether they be things in earth, or things
1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies
in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he
1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present
you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled,
and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which
ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature
which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill
up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my
flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:
1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the
dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the
word of God;
1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from
ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his
1:27 To whom God would make known what is the
riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which
is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching
every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect
in Christ Jesus:
1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his
working, which worketh in me mightily.
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OR I would that ye knew what
great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea,
and for as many as have not seen my face in the
2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit
together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of
understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God,
and of the Father, and of Christ;
2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and
2:4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with
2:5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with
you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the
stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord,
so walk ye in him:
2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the
faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with
2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and
vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of
the world, and not after Christ.
2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead
2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of
all principality and power:
2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the
circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the
sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are
risen with him through the faith of the operation of
God, who hath raised him from the dead.
2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the
uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with
him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was
against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the
way, nailing it to his cross;
2:15 And having spoiled principalities and
powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in
2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in
drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of
the sabbath days
2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body
is of Christ.
2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a
voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into
those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his
2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body
by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit
together, increaseth with the increase of God.
2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the
rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are
ye subject to ordinances,
2:21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
2:22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the
commandments and doctrines of men?
2:23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will
worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any
honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
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F ye then be risen with Christ,
seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the
right hand of God.
3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on
3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in
3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear,
then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the
earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil
concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on
the children of disobedience:
3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived
3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath,
malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off
the old man with his deeds;
3:10 And have put on the new man which is renewed
in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision
nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free:
but Christ is all, and in all.
3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and
beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind,
3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another,
if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave
you, so also do ye.
3:14 And above all these things put on charity,
which is the bond of perfectness.
3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to
the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye
3:16 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
3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all
in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the
Father by him.
3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as
it is fit in the Lord.
3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter
3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things:
for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger
lest they be discouraged.
3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters
according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers;
but in singleness of heart, fearing God:
3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to
the Lord, and not unto men;
3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the
reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
3:25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong
which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
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ASTERS, give unto your
servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also
have a Master in heaven.
4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with
4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto
us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for
which I am also in bonds:
4:4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to
4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without,
redeeming the time.
4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned
with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every
4:7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who
is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and
fellowservant in the Lord:
4:8 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that
he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts;
4:9 With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who
is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things
which are done here.
4:10 Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and
Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received
commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;)
4:11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the
circumcision. These only are my fellowworkers unto the
kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.
4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of
Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in
prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will
4:13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal
for you, and them that are in Laodicea and them in
4:14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet
4:15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and
Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.
4:16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that
it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye
likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.
4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry
which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
4:18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my
bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.