1: Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of
God, and Timothy our brother,
2: To the saints and faithful brethren
in Christ at Colos'sae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
3: We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we
pray for you,
4: because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus
and of the love which you have for all the saints,
5: because of the
hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the
truth, the gospel
6: which has come to you, as indeed in the whole
world it is bearing fruit and growing -- so among yourselves, from the day you
heard and understood the grace of God in truth,
7: as you learned it
from Ep'aphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ
on our behalf
8: and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
9: And so, from the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray
for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all
spiritual wisdom and understanding,
10: to lead a life worthy of the
Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in
the knowledge of God.
11: May you be strengthened with all power,
according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
12: giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the
inheritance of the saints in light.
13: He has delivered us from the
dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
14: in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15: He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all
16: for in him all things were created, in heaven and on
earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or
authorities -- all things were created through him and for him.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the first-born from
the dead, that in everything he might be pre-eminent.
19: For in him
all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell,
20: and through him to
reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by
the blood of his cross.
21: And you, who once were estranged and
hostile in mind, doing evil deeds,
22: he has now reconciled in his
body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and
irreproachable before him,
23: provided that you continue in the
faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel which you
heard, which has been preached to every creature under heaven, and of which I,
Paul, became a minister.
24: Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your
sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the
sake of his body, that is, the church,
25: of which I became a
minister according to the divine office which was given to me for you, to make
the word of God fully known,
26: the mystery hidden for ages and
generations but now made manifest to his saints.
27: To them God
chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of
this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28: Him we
proclaim, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may
present every man mature in Christ.
29: For this I toil, striving
with all the energy which he mightily inspires within me.
1: For I want you to know how greatly I strive for
you, and for those at La-odice'a, and for all who have not seen my face,
2: that their hearts may be encouraged as they are knit together in
love, to have all the riches of assured understanding and the knowledge of God's
mystery, of Christ,
3: in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom
4: I say this in order that no one may delude you with
5: For though I am absent in body, yet I am with
you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith
6: As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so
live in him,
7: rooted and built up in him and established in the
faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
8: See to
it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to
human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not
according to Christ.
9: For in him the whole fulness of deity dwells
10: and you have come to fulness of life in him, who is the
head of all rule and authority.
11: In him also you were circumcised
with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of flesh in the
circumcision of Christ;
12: and you were buried with him in baptism,
in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who
raised him from the dead.
13: And you, who were dead in trespasses
and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having
forgiven us all our trespasses,
14: having canceled the bond which
stood against us with its legal demands; this he set aside, nailing it to the
15: He disarmed the principalities and powers and made a
public example of them, triumphing over them in him.
let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink or with regard to
a festival or a new moon or a sabbath.
17: These are only a shadow of
what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.
18: Let no one
disqualify you, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels, taking his
stand on visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,
and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit
together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.
20: If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the universe,
why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to
21: "Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch"
22: (referring to things which all perish as they are used),
according to human precepts and doctrines?
23: These have indeed an
appearance of wisdom in promoting rigor of devotion and self-abasement and
severity to the body, but they are of no value in checking the indulgence of the
1: If then you have been raised with Christ, seek
the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2: Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on
3: For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4: When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear
with him in glory.
5: Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:
fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is
6: On account of these the wrath of God is coming.
7: In these you once walked, when you lived in them.
But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from
9: Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put
off the old nature with its practices
10: and have put on the new
nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
11: Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and
uncircumcised, barbarian, Scyth'ian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in
12: Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved,
compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience,
forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving
each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
14: And above all these put on love, which binds everything together
in perfect harmony.
15: And let the peace of Christ rule in your
hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.
16: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish
one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with
thankfulness in your hearts to God.
17: And whatever you do, in word
or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the
Father through him.
18: Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is
fitting in the Lord.
19: Husbands, love your wives, and do not be
harsh with them.
20: Children, obey your parents in everything, for
this pleases the Lord.
21: Fathers, do not provoke your children,
lest they become discouraged.
22: Slaves, obey in everything those
who are your earthly masters, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in
singleness of heart, fearing the Lord.
23: Whatever your task, work
heartily, as serving the Lord and not men,
24: knowing that from the
Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you are serving the Lord
25: For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has
done, and there is no partiality.
1: Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly,
knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving;
pray for us also, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the
mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison,
4: that I may
make it clear, as I ought to speak.
5: Conduct yourselves wisely
toward outsiders, making the most of the time.
6: Let your speech
always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to
answer every one.
7: Tych'icus will tell you all about my affairs; he
is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.
8: I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know
how we are and that he may encourage your hearts,
9: and with him
Ones'imus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of yourselves. They will
tell you of everything that has taken place here.
10: Aristar'chus my
fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you
have received instructions -- if he comes to you, receive him),
and Jesus who is called Justus. These are the only men of the circumcision among
my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me.
12: Ep'aphras, who is one of yourselves, a servant of Christ Jesus,
greets you, always remembering you earnestly in his prayers, that you may stand
mature and fully assured in all the will of God.
13: For I bear him
witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in La-odice'a and in
14: Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you.
15: Give my greetings to the brethren at La-odice'a, and to Nympha
and the church in her house.
16: And when this letter has been read
among you, have it read also in the church of the La-odice'ans; and see that you
read also the letter from La-odice'a.
17: And say to Archip'pus, "See
that you fulfil the ministry which you have received in the Lord."
18: I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my
fetters. Grace be with you.