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« Colossians 1 »
King James Bible
Greetings from Paul
(2 Samuel 6:12-15; 1 Chronicles 15:1-14; Philippians 1:1-2)
1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus [our] brother,
2To 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.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
(1 Corinthians 1:4-9; Philippians 1:3-11; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4)
3We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4Since we
heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love [which ye have] to all the saints, 5For the hope
which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
6Which 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 in truth: 7As ye also learned of Epaphras
our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; 8Who also declared unto us your
love in the Spirit.
9For 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;
10That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and
increasing in the knowledge of God; 11Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious
power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12Giving thanks unto the Father, which
hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated [us] into the kingdom of
his dear Son: 14In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins:
The Supremacy of Christ
(Hebrews 1:1-14)
15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16For 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:
17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18And 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. 19For it pleased [the Father] that in him should all fulness dwell; 20And, 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.
21And 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: 23If 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;
Paul's Suffering for the Chruch
(2 Corinthians 11:16-33)
24Who 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: 25Whereof I am made a minister,
according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
26[Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made
manifest to his saints: 27To 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: 28Whom we preach,
warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect
in Christ Jesus: 29Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me
« Colossians 2 »
King James Bible
Built Up in Christ
(Revelation 3:14-22)
1For 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 flesh; 2That 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; 3In whom are hid all the
treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing
words. 5For 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.
Alive in Christ
6As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him: 7Rooted and built up in
him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8Beware 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. 9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the
Godhead bodily. 10And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11In
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: 12Buried 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.
13And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened
together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14Blotting 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;
15[And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over
them in it.
16Let 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]: 17Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of
Christ. 18Let 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 fleshly mind, 19And 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.
20Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the
world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21(Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22Which all are to perish
with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23Which 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.
« Colossians 3 »
King James Bible
Put on the New Self
1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right
hand of God. 2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3For ye are dead,
and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear, then shall ye
also appear with him in glory.
5Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate
affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6For which things' sake the
wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7In the which ye also walked some time,
when ye lived in them. 8But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy
communication out of your mouth. 9Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old
man with his deeds; 10And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the
image of him that created him: 11Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor
uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond [nor] free: but Christ [is] all, and in all.
12Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness
of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man
have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye. 14And above all these
things [put on] charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15And let the peace of God rule in your
hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16Let 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 the Lord. 17And 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.
Christian Households
18Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. 19Husbands, love
[your] wives, and be not bitter against them. 20Children, obey [your] parents in all things: for this
is well pleasing unto the Lord. 21Fathers, provoke not your children [to anger], lest they be
22Servants, obey in all things [your] masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as
menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 23And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as
to the Lord, and not unto men; 24Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the
inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong
which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
« Colossians 4 »
King James Bible
Fellow Workers
1Masters, give unto [your] servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a
Master in heaven.
2Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; 3Withal 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: 4That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
5Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. 6Let your speech [be] alway
with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Final Greetings
7All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, [who is] a beloved brother, and a faithful minister
and fellowservant in the Lord: 8Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might
know your estate, and comfort your hearts; 9With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is
[one] of you. They shall make known unto you all things which [are done] here.
10Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom
ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) 11And 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. 12Epaphras, 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 of God. 13For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them [that are] in
Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis. 14Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you. 15Salute
the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.
Sharing This Letter
16And 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. 17And say to Archippus, Take
heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
18The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace [be] with you. Amen.