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Chapter 1

1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Timotheus the brother, 2to the saints in Colossae, and to the faithful brethren in Christ: Grace to you, and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ! 3We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, always praying for you, 4having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love that [is] to all the saints, 5because of the hope that is laid up for you in the heavens, which ye heard of before in the word of the truth of the good news, 6which is present to you, as also in all the world, and is bearing fruit, as also in you, from the day in which ye heard, and knew the grace of God in truth; 7as ye also learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow-servant, who is for you a faithful ministrant of the Christ, 8who also did declare to us your love in the Spirit. 9Because of this, we also, from the day in which we heard, do not cease praying for you, and asking that ye may be filled with the full knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, 10to your walking worthily of the Lord to all pleasing, in every good work being fruitful, and increasing to the knowledge of God, 11in all might being made mighty according to the power of His glory, to all endurance and long-suffering with joy. 12Giving thanks to the Father who did make us meet for the participation of the inheritance of the saints in the light, 13who did rescue us out of the authority of the darkness, and did translate [us] into the reign of the Son of His love, 14in whom we have the redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of the sins, 15who is the image of the invisible God, first-born of all creation, 16because in him were the all things created, those in the heavens, and those upon the earth, those visible, and those invisible, whether thrones, whether lordships, whether principalities, whether authorities; all things through him, and for him, have been created, 17and himself is before all, and the all things in him have consisted. 18And himself is the head of the body -- the assembly -- who is a beginning, a first-born out of the dead, that he might become in all [things] -- himself -- first, 19because in him it did please all the fulness to tabernacle, 20and through him to reconcile the all things to himself -- having made peace through the blood of his cross -- through him, whether the things upon the earth, whether the things in the heavens. 21And you -- once being alienated, and enemies in the mind, in the evil works, yet now did he reconcile, 22in the body of his flesh through the death, to present you holy, and unblemished, and unblameable before himself, 23if also ye remain in the faith, being founded and settled, and not moved away from the hope of the good news, which ye heard, which was preached in all the creation that [is] under the heaven, of which I became -- I Paul -- a ministrant. 24I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and do fill up the things lacking of the tribulations of the Christ in my flesh for his body, which is the assembly, 25of which I -- I did become a ministrant according to the dispensation of God, that was given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God, 26the secret that hath been hid from the ages and from the generations, but now was manifested to his saints, 27to whom God did will to make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this secret among the nations -- which is Christ in you, the hope of the glory, 28whom we proclaim, warning every man, and teaching every man, in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus, 29for which also I labour, striving according to his working that is working in me in power.

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