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Paul testifieth his
thankfulness to God. 13 I can do all things through | were sent from you, an odour of Christ which strengtheneth me. a sweet smell, a sacrifice accept
14 Notwithstanding, ye have able, well-pleasing to God. well done that ye did communi- 19 But my God shall supply cate with my affliction. all your need according to his
15 Now ye Philippians, know riches in glory by Christ Jesus. also, that in the beginning of
20 Now unto God and our the gospel, when I departed Father be glory for ever and from Macedonia, no churchever.
Amen. communicated with me as con- 21 Salute every saint in Christ cerning giving and receiving, Jesus. The brethren which are but ye only.
with me greet you. 16 For even in Thessalonica 22 All the saints salute you, ye sent once and again unto my chiefly they that are of Cesar's necessity.
household. 17 Not because I desire a 23 The grace of our Lord Jesus gift: but I desire fruit that may Christ be with you all. Amen. abound to your account.
18 But I have all, and abound: It was written to the PhilI am full
, having received of ippians from Rome, by Epaphroditus the things which Epaphroditus.
I THE EPISTLE OF
PAUL, THE APOSTLE, TO THE COLOSSIANS.
4. Since we heard of your CHAP. I.
faith in Christ Jesus, and of 1 After salutation he thanketh God for their faith
, 7 confirmeth the doctrine of Epa- the love which ye have to all phras, 9 prayeth further for their increuse the saints, encourageth them to receive "Jesus Christ
, 5 For the hope which is laid and commendeth his own ministry. :
up for you in heaven, whereof PAU
AUL, an apostle of Jesus ye heard before in the word of
Christ, by the will of God, the truth of the gospel : and Timotheus our brother,
6 Which is come unto you, 2 To the saints and faithful as it is in all the world ; and brethren in Christ which are at bringeth forth fruit
, as it doth Colosse : Grace be unto you, also in you, since the day ye and peace, from God our Fa- heard of it, and knew the grace ther and the Lord Jesus Christ. of God in truth : 3 We give thanks to God, en As
also learned of Epaand the Father of our Lord phras our dear fellow-servant, Jesus Christ, praying always who is for you a faithful minis
ter of Christ;
The exalted nature and
CHAP. I. mediatorial office of Christ, 8 Who also declared unto us beginning, the first-born from your love in the Spirit.
the dead ; that in all things he 9 For this cause we also, since might have the pre-eminence. the day we heard it, do not 19 For it pleased the Father cease to pray for you, and to that in him should all fulness desire that ye might be filled dwell; with the knowledge of his will 20 And, having made peace in all wisdom and spiritual un- through the blood of his cross, derstanding;
by him to reconcile all things 10 That ye might walk wor- unto himself; by him, I say, thy of the Lord unto all pleas- whether they be things in earth, ing, being fruitful in every good or things in heaven. work, and increasing in the 21 And you, that were some knowledge of God;
time alienated and enemies in 11 Strengthened with all your mind by wicked works, might, according to his glori- yet now hath he reconciled, ous power, unto all patience 22 In the body of his flesh and long-suffering with joyful- through death, to present you
holy, and unblamable, and un12 Giving thanks unto the reprovable, in his sight: Father, which hath made us 23 If ye continue in the faith meet to be partakers of the in- grounded and settled, and be heritance of the saints in light: not moved away from the hope
13 Who hath delivered us of the gospel, which ye have from the power of darkness, heard, and which was preached and hath translated us into the to every creature which is unkingdom of his dear Son : der heaven; whereof I Paul am
14 In whom we have redemp- made a minister; tion through his blood, even the 24 Who now rejoice in my forgiveness of sins :
sufferings for you, and fill up 15 Who is the image of the that which is behind of the afinvisible God, the first-born of flictions of Christ in my flesh every creature:
for his body's sake, which is 16 For by him were all things the church: created, that are in heaven, and 25 Whereof I am made a minthat are in earth, visible and in- ister, according to the dispenvisible, whether they be thrones, sation of God which is given to or dominions, or principalities, me for you, to fulfil the word of or powers: all things were cre- God; ated by him, and for him : 26 Even the mystery which
17 And he is before all things, hath been hid from ages, and and by him all things consist, from generations, but now is .18 And he is the head of the made manifest to his saints : body, the church : who is the 27 To whom God would make
Paul's earnest solicitude
for the Colossians known what is the riches of the 7 Rooted and built up in him, glory of this mystery among the and stablished in the faith, as Gentiles; which is Christ in ye have been taught, aboundyou, the hope of glory: ing therein with thanksgiv
28 Whom we preach, warn- ing. ing every man, and teaching 8 Beware lest any man spoil every man in all wisdom; that you through philosophy and vain we may present every man per- deceit, after the tradition of fect in Christ Jesus :
men, after the rudiments of the 29 Whereunto I also labour, world, and not after Christ. striving according to his work- 9 For
9 For in him dwelleth all ing, which worketh in the fulness of the Godhead bodmightily.
10 And ye are complete in 1 He still exhorteth them to be constant in him, which is the head of all
Christ, 8 to beware of philosophy, and vain
legal ceremonies, which are ended in Christ. 11 In whom also ye are cirFOR OR I would that ye knew cumcised with the circumcision
what great conflict I have made without hands, in putting for you, and for them at Lao- off the body of the sins of the dicea, and for as many as have flesh by the circumcision of not seen my face in the flesh; Christ:
2 That their hearts might be 12 Buried with him in bapcomforted, being knit together tism, wherein also ye are risen in love, and unto all riches of with him through the faith of the full assurance of under the operation of God, who hath standing, to the acknowledg-raised him from the dead. ment of the mystery of God, 13 And you, being dead in and of the Father, and of your sins and the uncircumChrist;
cision of your flesh, hath he 3 In whom are hid all the quickened together with him, treasures of wisdom and knowl- having forgiven you all tresedge.
passes; 4 And this I say, lest any
14 Blotting out the handman should beguile you with writing of ordinances that was enticing words
against us, which was contrary 5 For though I be absent in to us, and took it out of the the flesh, yet am I with you way, nailing it to his cross ; in the spirit
, joying and behold- 15 And having spoiled prining your order, and the steadfast- cipalities and powers, he made ness of your faith in Christ. a shew of them openly, tri
6 As ye. have therefore re- umphing over them in it. ceived Christ Jesus the Lord, 16 Let no man therefore judge so walk ye in him:
you in meat, or in drink, or in
The ritual law abolished.
Exhortation to holiness.
respect of an holy-day, or of the 2 Set your affection on things new-moon, or of the sabbath- above, not on things on the days:
earth. 17 Which are a shadow of 3 For ye are dead, and
your things to come; but the body life is hid with Christ in God. is of Christ.
4 When Christ, who is our 18 Let no man beguile you life, shall appear, then shall ye of your reward in a voluntary also appear with him in glory. humility and worshipping of an- 5 Mortify therefore your memgels, intruding into those things bers which are upon the earth which he hath not seen, vainly fornication, uncleanness, inorpuffed up by his fleshly mind. dinate affection, evil concupis
19 And not holding the Head, cence, and covetousness, which from which all the body by is idolatry: joints and bands having nour- 6 For which things' sake the ishment ministered, and knit wrath of God cometh on the together, increaseth with the children of disobedience : increase of God.
7 In the which ye also walked 20 Wherefore, if ye be dead some time, when ye lived in with Christ from the rudiments them. of the world, why as though 8 But now ye also put off all living in the world, are ye sub- these ; anger, wrath, malice, ject to ordinances,
blasphemy, filthy communica21 (Touch not; taste not; tion out of your mouth. handle not;
9 Lie not one to another, see22 Which all are to perish ing that ye have put off the with the using ;) after the com- old man with his deeds ; mandments and doctrines of 10 And have put on the new
man, which is renewed in knowl23 Which things have indeed edge after the image of him a shew of wisdom in will-wor- that created him: ship, and humility, and neglect- 11 Where there is neither ing of the body; not in any Greek nor Jew, circumcision honour to the satisfying of the nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, flesh.
Scythian, bond nor free: but
12 Put on therefore, as the He exhorteth to mortification, 100 put of elect of God, holy and beloved, horling to charity, humility, and other several bowels of mercies, kindness,
humbleness of mind, meekness, IF ye then be risen with Christ
13 Forbearing one another, above, where Christ sitteth on and forgiving one another, if the right hand of God.
any man have a quarrel against
CHAP. III. 1 He shereth where we should seek Christ. 5
The duties of wives, husbands, COLOSSIANS. children, servants, and masters. any: even as Christ forgave you, shall receive for the wrong which so also do ye.
he hath done: and there is no 14 And above all these things respect of persons. put on charity, which is the
CHAP. IV. bond of perfectness.
1 He exhorteth them to be fervent in prayer, 5 to 15 And let the peace of God
walk wisely toward them that are not yet come
to the true knowledge of Christ. 10 He salurule in your hearts, to the which teth them, and wisheth them all prosperity. also ye are called in one body; MASTERS; give unto your and be ye
is 16 Let the word of Christ and equal; knowing that ye dwell in you richly in all wis- also have a Master in heaven. dom; teaching and admonish- 2 Continue in prayer, and watch ing one another in psalms, and in the same with thanksgiving ; hymns, and spiritual songs, sing- 3 Withal praying also for us, ing with grace in your hearts to that God would open unto us a the Lord.
door of utterance, to speak the 17 And whatsoever ye do in mystery of Christ, for which I word or deed, do all in the name am also in bonds : of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks
8 4 That I may make it manito God and the Father by him. fest, as I ought to speak.
18 Wives, submit yourselves 5 Walk in wisdom toward unto your own husbands, as it them that are without, redeem is fit in the Lord.
ing the time. 19 Husbands, love your wives, 6 Let your speech be always and be not bitter against them. with grace, seasoned with salt,
20 Children, obey your pa- that ye may know how ye ought rents in all things: for this is to answer every man. well-pleasing unto the Lord. 7 All my state shall Tychicus
21 Fathers, provoke not your declare unto you, who is a bechildren to anger, lest they be loved brother, and a faithful discouraged.
minister and fellow-servant in 22 Servants, obey in all things the Lord: your masters according to the 8 Whom I have sent unto flesh; not with eye-service, as you for the same purpose, that men-pleasers; but in singleness he might know your estate, and of heart, fearing God :
comfort your hearts; 23 And whatsoever ye do, do 9 With Onesimus, a faithful it heartily, as to the Lord, and and beloved brother, who is one not unto men;
of you. They shall make known 24 Knowing that of the Lord unto you all things which are
shall receive the reward of done here. the inheritance : for ye serve the 10 Aristarchus, my
my fellowLord Christ.
prisoner, saluteth you; and Mar25 But he that doeth wrong, Icus, sister's son to Barnabas,