The Epistle of Paul the Apostle
to the Colossians
1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will
of God, and Timotheus our brother, 1:2 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.
1:3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 1:4 Since we heard of your
faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the
saints, 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof
ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; 1:6 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: 1:7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear
fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; 1:8 Who
also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
1:9 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; 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all
pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the
knowledge of God; 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his
glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be
partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 1:13 Who hath
delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into
the kingdom of his dear Son: 1:14 In whom we have redemption through
his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 1:15 Who is the image of the
invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 1:16 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: 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
1:18 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.
1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should
all fulness dwell; 1:20 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.
1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and
enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 1:22
In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and
unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 1:23 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;
1:24 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: 1:25 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; 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid
from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his
saints: 1:27 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: 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching
every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in
Christ Jesus: 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his
working, which worketh in me mightily.
2:1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I
have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not
seen my face in the flesh; 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted,
being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full
assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of
God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 2:3 In whom are hid all the
treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
2:4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile
you with enticing words.
2:5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I
with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the
stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the
Lord, so walk ye in him: 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and
stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein
2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through
philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the
rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the
2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head
of all principality and power: 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised
with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of
the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 2:12 Buried with
him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith
of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the
uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him,
having forgiven you all trespasses; 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting
of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took
it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 2:15 And having spoiled
principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing
over them in it.
2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in
drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the
sabbath days: 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body
is of Christ.
2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a
voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those
things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and
bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth
with the increase of God.
2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the
rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye
subject to ordinances, 2:21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 2:22
Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and
doctrines of men? 2:23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in
will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any
honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those
things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of
3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on
things on the earth.
3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with
Christ in God.
3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear,
then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon
the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil
concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 3:6 For which
things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger,
wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have
put off the old man with his deeds; 3:10 And have put on the new man,
which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created
him: 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor
uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is
all, and in all.
3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy
and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind,
meekness, longsuffering; 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving
one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ
forgave you, so also do ye.
3:14 And above all these things put on charity,
which is the bond of perfectness.
3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
3:16 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 the Lord.
3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all
in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by
3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own
husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter
3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things:
for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger,
lest they be discouraged.
3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters
according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in
singleness of heart, fearing God; 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it
heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 3:24 Knowing that of the
Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the
3:25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the
wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
4:1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is
just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with
thanksgiving; 4:3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open
unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for
which I am also in bonds: 4:4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought
4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without,
redeeming the time.
4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned
with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
4:7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you,
who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant
in the Lord: 4:8 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that
he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts; 4:9 With Onesimus,
a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make
known unto you all things which are done here.
4:10 Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you,
and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received
commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) 4:11 And Jesus,
which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are
my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort
4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of
Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers,
that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
4:13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great
zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.
4:14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet
4:15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea,
and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.
4:16 And when this epistle is read among you,
cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that
ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.
4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the
ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
4:18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul.
Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.