1Paul, an apostleof JesusChristbythe willof God, andTimotheus our brother, 2To the saintsandfaithfulbrethreninChrist which are atColosse: Grace be unto you, andpeace, fromGodourFatherandthe LordJesusChrist.
3We give thanksto Godandthe Fatherof ourLordJesusChrist, prayingalwaysforyou, 4Since we heardof yourfaithinChristJesus, andof the love which ye have toallthe saints, 5Forthe hopewhich is laid upfor youinheaven, whereofye heard beforeinthe wordof the truthof the gospel; 6Which is comeuntoyou, as it is inallthe world; andbringeth forth fruit, as it doth alsoinyou, sincethe dayye heard of it, andknewthe graceof Godintruth: 7AsyealsolearnedofEpaphras ourdearfellowservant, whoisforyoua faithfulministerof Christ; 8Whoalsodeclaredunto usyourloveinthe Spirit.
9Forthiscausewealso, sincethe daywe heard it, donotceaseto prayforyou, andto desirethatye might be filled withthe knowledgeof hiswillinallwisdomandspiritualunderstanding; 10Thatyemight walkworthyof the Lorduntoallpleasing, being fruitfulineverygoodwork, andincreasinginthe knowledgeof God; 11Strengthenedwithallmight, according tohisgloriouspower, untoallpatienceandlongsufferingwithjoyfulness;
12Giving thanksunto the Father, which hath madeusmeettobe partakersof the inheritanceof the saintsinlight: 13Whohath deliveredusfromthe powerof darkness, andhath translated us intothe kingdomof hisdearSon: 14Inwhomwe haveredemptionthroughhisblood, even the forgivenessof sins: 15Whoisthe imageof the invisibleGod, the firstbornof everycreature: 16Forbyhimwereall thingscreated, that areinheaven, andthat areinearth, visibleandinvisible, whether they be thrones, ordominions, orprincipalities, orpowers: all thingswere createdbyhim, andforhim: 17Andheisbeforeall things, andbyhimall thingsconsist. 18Andheisthe headof the body, the church: whoisthe beginning, the firstbornfromthe dead; thatinall things hemighthave the preeminence. 19Forit pleased the Father that inhimshouldallfulnessdwell; 20And, having made peacethroughthe bloodof hiscross, byhimto reconcileall thingsuntohimself; byhim, I say, whether they be thingsinearth, orthingsinheaven.
21Andyou, that weresometimealienatedandenemiesin your mindbywickedworks, yetnowhath he reconciled22Inthe bodyof hisfleshthroughdeath, to presentyouholyandunblameableandunreproveableinhissight: 23Ifye continue inthe faithgroundedandsettled, and be notmoved awayfromthe hopeof the gospel, whichye have heard, and which was preachedtoeverycreature which is underheaven; whereofIPaulam madea minister; 24Whonowrejoiceinmysufferingsforyou, andfill upthat which is behindof the afflictionsof Christinmyfleshforhisbody’ssake, whichisthe church: 25WhereofIam madea minister, according tothe dispensationof Godwhich is givento meforyou, to fulfilthe wordof God; 26 Even the mysterywhich hath been hidfromagesandfromgenerations, butnowis made manifesttohissaints: 27To whomGodwouldmake knownwhat is the richesof the gloryof thismysteryamongthe Gentiles; whichisChristinyou, the hopeof glory: 28Whomwepreach, warningeveryman, andteachingeverymaninallwisdom; thatwe may presenteverymanperfectinChristJesus: 29WhereuntoIalsolabour, strivingaccording tohisworking, which workethinmemightily.