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Colossians 1 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Thanksgiving and Prayer

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Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus [fn]by the will of God, and Timothy [fn]our brother,

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To the [fn]saints and faithful brothers in Christ in Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

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We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:4 - since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have [fn]for all the [fn]saints,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:5 - because of the hope laid up for you in [fn]heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, [fn]the gospel
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:6 - which has come to you, just as [fn]in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and [fn]multiplying, just as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard and [fn]understood the grace of God in truth;
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:7 - just as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow slave, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:8 - who also informed us of your love in the Spirit.
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For this reason also, since the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the [fn]full knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:10 - so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, [fn]to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and [fn]multiplying in the [fn]full knowledge of God;
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:11 - being strengthened with all power, according to [fn]His glorious might, [fn]for the attaining of all steadfastness and [fn]patience; joyously
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:12 - giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us [fn]to share in the inheritance of the [fn]saints in light.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:13 - Who rescued us from the authority of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son of His love,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:14 - in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

The Firstborn of All Creation

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[fn]Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

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For [fn]in Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.

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And He [fn]is before all things,

And in Him all things [fn]hold together.

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And He is the head of the body, the church;

Who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.

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For in Him [fn]all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,

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And through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross—through Him—whether things on earth or things in [fn]heaven.

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And although you were formerly alienated and enemies in mind and in evil deeds,

Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:22 - but now He reconciled you in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:23 - if indeed you continue in [fn]the faith firmly grounded and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, [fn]was made a [fn]minister.
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Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and I fill up what is lacking of Christ’s afflictions in my flesh, on behalf of His body, which is the church,

Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:25 - of which I [fn]was made a minister according to the stewardship from God given to me for you, so that I might [fn]fully carry out the preaching of the word of God,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:26 - that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His [fn]saints,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:27 - to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:28 - Him we proclaim, admonishing every man and teaching every man [fn]with all wisdom, so that we may present every man [fn]complete in Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 1:29 - For this purpose I also labor, striving according to His working, which He works in me in power.
LSB Footnotes
Lit through
Lit the
Or holy ones
Or toward
Or holy ones
Lit the heavens
Or of the gospel
Or it is in the world
Or growing, cf. 2:19
Or came really to know
Or true knowledge
Lit to all pleasing
Or growing, cf. 2:19
Or true knowledge
Lit the might of His glory
Lit unto all
Or patience with joy
Lit unto the portion of
Or holy ones
vv 15-20 are formatted to show the chiastic structure of the poem
Or by
Or has existed prior to
Or endure
Or God was pleased for all the fullness to dwell
Lit the heavens
Or in faith
Lit became
Or servant
Lit became
Lit make full the word of God
Or holy ones
Lit in
Or perfect

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