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.
17: He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
18: He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning,
the first-born from the dead, that in everything He might be
19: For in Him all the fullness 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
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 and knowledge.
4: I say this in order that no one may delude you with beguiling
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 in
6: As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live in
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 fullness of deity dwells bodily,
10: and you have come to fullness 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
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
14: having canceled the bond which stood against us with its
legal demands; this He set aside, nailing it to the cross.
15: He disarmed the principalities and powers and made a public
example of them, triumphing over them in Him.
16: Therefore 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,
19: 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.
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
"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 flesh.
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 earth.
3: For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him
5: Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication,
impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
6: On account of these the wrath of God is coming.
7: In these you once walked, when you lived in them.
8: But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and
foul talk from your mouth.
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 all.
12: Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved,
compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience,
13: forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against
another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also
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
19: Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.
20: Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases
21: Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become
22: Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly
masters, not with eye service, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of
heart, fearing the Lord.
23: Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and
24: knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance
as your reward; you are serving the Lord Christ.
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.
2: Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with
3: and 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
4: that I may make it clear, as I ought to speak.
5: Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of
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
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),
11: 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 Hi-erap'olis.
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.