1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,
2 To the saints aand faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
4bSince we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of cthe love which ye have to all the saints,
5 For the hope dwhich is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
6 Which is come unto you, gas it is in all the world; and fbringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew ethe grace of God in truth:
7 As ye also learned of hEpaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
9iFor 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 jknowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10mThat ye might walk worthy of the Lord lunto all pleasing, kbeing fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering nwith joyfulness;
12pGiving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of othe inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from qthe power of darkness, rand hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is tthe image of the invisible God, sthe firstborn of every creature:
16 For vby 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 uby him, and for him:
17wAnd he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, xthe firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that yin him should all fulness dwell;
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 in heaven.
21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
22In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: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;
24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up zthat which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for ahis body's sake, which is the church:
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;
26Evenbthe mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
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:
28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.