King James VersionColossians1


1 Paul, an apos­tle of Je­sus Christ by the will of God, and Tim­o­theus our broth­er, 2 To 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. 3 We give thanks to God and the Fa­ther of our Lord Je­sus Christ, pray­ing al­ways for you, 4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Je­sus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, 5 For the hope which 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, 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: 7 As ye also learned of Epa­phras our dear fel­lowser­vant, who is for you a faith­ful min­is­ter of Christ; 8 Who also de­clared unto us your love in the Spir­it. 9 For 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; 10 That ye might walk wor­thy of the Lord unto all pleas­ing, be­ing 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 with joy­ful­ness; 12 Giv­ing thanks unto the Fa­ther, which hath made us meet to be par­tak­ers of the in­her­i­tance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath de­liv­ered us from the pow­er of dark­ness, and 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 the im­age of the in­vis­i­ble God, the first­born of ev­ery crea­ture: 16 For 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: 17 And 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, the first­born from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre­em­i­nence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in 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 22 In 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 that which is be­hind of the af­flic­tions of Christ in my flesh for his 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; 26 Even the 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.