1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2 to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and
peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We give thanks to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;
5 because of the hope being laid up for you in Heaven, of which you heard before in the
Word of the Truth of the gospel,
6 which has come to you, as in all the world, and is bearing fruit, as it is also among you,
since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth;
7 even as you also learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant, who is a faithful
minister of Christ for you,
8 who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.
9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to
ask that you may be filled with the full true knowledge of His will in all wisdom and
10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, bearing fruit in every good
work and growing into the full true knowledge of God;
11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and
longsuffering with joy;
12 giving thanks to the Father who has made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light;
13 who has delivered us from the authority of darkness and translated us into the
kingdom of the Son of His love,
14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the remission of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
16 For by Him all things were created that are in Heaven and that are on earth, visible
and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were
created through Him and for Him.
17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
18 And He is the Head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn out
from the dead, that in all things He may be preeminent.
19 For it is good that in Him all the fullness should dwell,
20 and by Him making peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all
things to Himself, whether things on earth or things in the heavens.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in your mind by wicked works, yet
now He has reconciled
22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and without blemish, and
above reproach in His sight;
23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away
from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature
under Heaven, of which I, Paul, was made a minister.
24 I now rejoice in my sufferings on your behalf, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking
in the afflictions of Christ, on behalf of His body, which is the church,
25 of which I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God which was
given to me for you, to fulfill the Word of God,
26 the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has
been revealed to His saints.
27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery
among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we
may present every man complete in Christ Jesus.
29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me
1 For I want you to know what a great struggle I have for you and those in Laodicea,
and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh,
2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all
riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the full true knowledge of the mystery of
God, both of the Father and of Christ,
3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 Now this I say that no one should delude you with persuasive words.
5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your
good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
7 being rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught,
abounding in it with thanksgiving.
8 Beware that no one rob you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;
10 and you are made full in Him, who is the Head of all rule and authority.
11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by
putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,
12 buried with Him in immersion, in which you also were raised with Him through the
faith of the working of God, who raised Him out from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has
made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
14 having blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross;
15 having disarmed rulers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or
17 which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
18 Let no one condemn you, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels,
intruding into those things which he has not seen, being puffed up without cause by his
19 and not holding fast to the Head; from whom all the body, nourished and knit
together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.
20 Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as
though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to decrees;
21 Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle;
22 which all concern things which perish with the using; according to the
commandments and doctrines of men?
23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-devised worship, false
humility, and severity in abuse of the body, but are of no value against gratification of the
1 If then you are raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is,
sitting at the right hand of God.
2 Set your mind on things above, not on the things of the earth;
3 for you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ who is our life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in
5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: sexual perversion,
uncleanness, passion, evil lusts, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience;
7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.
8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy,
filthy language out of your mouth.
9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his practices,
10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in full true knowledge according to the
image of the One who created him,
11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian,
Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all things and in all.
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion,
kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;
13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint
against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do.
14 And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one
body; and be thankful.
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
17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving
thanks to God, even the Father, through Him.
18 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter towards them.
20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is pleasing to the Lord.
21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, that they may not become discouraged.
22 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with
eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God.
23 And whatever you do, do it from the soul, as to the Lord and not to men,
24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you
serve the Lord Christ.
25 But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.
1 Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a
Master in Heaven.
2 Be devoted to prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;
3 meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the Word, to
speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds,
4 that I may make it clearly understood, as I ought to speak.
5 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.
6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you
ought to answer each one.
7 Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell
you everything about me.
8 I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances
and encourage your hearts,
9 with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make
known to you all things which are happening here.
10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with Mark the cousin of Barnabas (about
whom you received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him),
11 and Jesus who is called Justus. These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of
God who are of the circumcision; they have been a comfort to me.
12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand complete and full-grown in all the will of God;
13 for I bear him witness that he has a great zeal for you, and those who are in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis.
14 Luke the beloved physician, and Demas greet you.
15 Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas and the church that is in his
16 Now when this epistle is read among you, see that it is read also in the church of the
Laodiceans, and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.
17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the
Lord, that you may fulfill it.
18 This salutation by my own hand: Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you.