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The exalted nature and
mediatorial office of Christ. who is for you a faithful minister 18 And he is the head of the of Christ;
body, the church; who is the 8 Who also declared unto us beginning, the firstborn from your love in the Spirit.
the dead; that in all things he 9 For this cause we also, since might have the preeminence: the day we heard it, do not cease 19 For it pleased the Father to pray for you, and to desire that in him should a!
lfulness that ye might be filled with the dwell; knowledge of his will, in all wis-- 20 And, having made peace dom and spiritual understanding; through the blood of his cross,
10 That ye might walk worthy by him to reconcile all things of the Lord unto all pleasing, unto himself; by him, I say, being fruitful in every good whether they be things in earth, work, and increasing in the or things in heaven. knowledge of God;
that were some11 Strengthened with all time alienated, and enemies in might, according to his glorious your mind by wicked works, power, unto all patience and yet now hath he reconciled, long-suffering with joyfulness; 22 In the body of his flesh
12 Giving thanks unto the through death, to present you Father, which hath made us holy, and unblameable, and unmeet to be partakers of the in- reproveable in his sight; heritance of the saints in light: 23 If ye continue in the faith
13 Who hath delivered us grounded and settled, and be from the power of darkness, and not moved away from the hope hath translated us into the king- of the gospel, which ye have dom of his dear Son;
heard, and which was preached 14 In whom we have redemp- to every creature which is under tion through his blood, even the heaven; whereof I Paul am forgiveness of sins;
made a minister; 15 Who is the image of the 24 Who now rejoice in my invisible God, the first-born of sufferings for you, and fill up every creature:
that which is behind of the 16 For by him were all things afflictions of Christ in my flesh created, that are in heaven, and for his body's sake, which is the that are in earth, visible and in-church; visible, whether they be thrones, 25 Whereof I am made a or doininions, or principalities, or minister, according to the dispowers: all things were created pensation of God which is given by him, and for him:
to me for you, to fulfil the word 17 And he is before all of God; things, and by him all things 26 Even the mystery which consist:
hath been hid from ages and
Paul's earnest solicitude
for the Colossians. from generations, but now is 7 Rooted and built up in him, made manifest to his saints: and stablished in the faith, as
27 To whom God would make ye have been taught, abounding known what is the riches of the therein with thanksgiving. glory of this mystery among the
8 Beware lest any man spoil Gentiles; which is Christ in you, you through philosophy and the hope of glory:
vain deceit, after the tradition 28 Whom we preach, warning of men, after the rudiments of every man, and teaching every the world, and not after Christ: man in all wisdom; that we 9 For in him dwelleth all may present every man perfect the fulness of the Godhead in Christ Jesus:
bodily. 29 Whereunto I also labour, 10 And ye are complete in striving according to his work- him, which is the head of all ing, which worketh in me principality and power ; mightily.
11 In whom also ye are cirCHAP. II.
cumcised with the circumcision Exhortation to constancy.
made without hands, in putting OR I would that ye knew off the body of the sins of
what great conflict I have for the flesh by the circumcision of you, and for them at Laodicea, Christ; and for as many as have not 12 Buried with him in bapseen my face in the flesh; tism, wherein also you are risen
2 That their hearts might be with him through the faith of comforted, being knit together the operation of God, who hath in love, and unto all riches of the raised him from the dead. full assurance of understanding, 13 And you, being dead in to the acknowledgement of the your sins and the uncircumcision mystery of God, and of the of your fesh, hath he quickened Father, and of Christ; together with him, having for
3 In whom are hid all the trea- given you all trespasses ; sures of wisdom and knowledge. 14 Blotting out the hand
4 And this I say, lest any man writing of ordinances that was should beguile you with enticing against us, which was contrary words.
to us, and took it out of the 5 For though I be absent in way, nailing it to his cross; the flesh, yet am I with you
in 15 And having spoiled princithe spirit, joying and beholding palities and powers, he made a your order, and the stedfastness shew of them openly, triumphing of your faith in Christ.
over them in it. 6 As ye have therefore re- 16 Let no man therefore judge ceived Christ Jesus the Lord, you in meat, or in drink, or in so walk ye in him ;
respect of an holy-day, or of the
The ritual law abolished.
Exhortation to holiness, 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 5 Mortify therefore your angels, intruding into those members which are upon the things which he hath not seen, earth; fornication, uncleanness, vainly puffed up by his fleshly inordinate affection, evil conmind;
cupiscence, and covetousness, 19 And not holding the which is idolatry: Head, from which all the body 6 For which things' sake the by joints and bands having nou- wrath of God cometh on the rishment ministered, and knit children of disobedience: together, increaseth with the 7 In the which ye also walkincrease of God.
ed sometime, when
lived in 20 Wherefore, if ye be dead them. with Christ from the rudiments 8 But now ye also put off of the world, why, as though all these; anger, wrath, malice, living in the world, are ye sub- blasphemy, filthy communicaject to ordinances,
tion out of your mouth. . 21 (Touch not; taste not; 9 Lie not one to another, handle not;
have 22 Which all are to perish old man with his deeds; with the using) after the com- 10 And have put on the new mandments and doctrines of man, which is renewed in knowmen?
ledge after the image of him that 23 Which things have in created him: deed a shew of wisdom in 11 Where there is neither will-worship, and humility, and Greek nor Jew, circumcision neglecting of the body; not in nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, any honour to the satisfying of Scythian, bond, nor free: but the flesh.
Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on therefore, as the Exhortation to sundry duties. elect of God, holy and beloved, F ye
then be risen mercies, kindness, Christ, seek those things humbleness of mind, meekness, which are above, where Christ long-suffering; sitteth on the right hand of 13 Forbearing one another, God.
and forgiving one another, if 2 Set
your affection on things I any man have a quarrel against
put off the grace in
The duties of husbands, wives, CHAP. IV. children, servants, and masters. any: even as Christ forgave you, 25 But he that doeth wrong so also do ye.
shall receive for the wrong which 14 And above all these things he hath done: and there is no put on charity, which is the respect of persons. bond of perfectness.
CHAP. IV. 15 And let the peace of God Fervent prayers recommended. rule in your hearts, to the which
ASTERS, give unto your also ye are called in one body; servants that which is and be
just and equal; knowing that 16 Let the word of Christ ye also have a Master in dwell in you richly in all wis- heaven. dom; teaching and admonishing 2 Continue in prayer, and one another in psalms and hymns, watch in the same with thanksand spiritual songs, singing with giving;
hearts to the 3 Withal, praying also for us, Lord.
that God would open unto us 17 And whatsoever ye do in a door of utterance, to speak word or deed, do all in the name the mystery of Christ, for which of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks I am also in bonds: to God and the Father by him. 4 That I may make it mani
18 Wives, submit yourselves fest, as I ought to speak. unto your own husbands, as it 5 Walk in wisdom toward is fit in the Lord.
them that are without, 19 Husbands, love your wives, deeming the time. and be not bitter against them. 6 Let your speech be alway
20 Children, obey your pa- with grace, seasoned with salt, rents in all things : for this is that ye may know how ye well pleasing unto the Lord. ought to answer every man.
21 Fathers, provoke not your 7 All my state shall Tychicus children to anger, lest they be declare unto you, who is a discouraged.
beloved brother, and a faithful 22 Servants, obey in all things minister and fellow-servant in your masters according to the the Lord; flesh; not with eye-service, as
8 Whom I have sent unto men-pleasers; but in singleness you for the same purpose, that of heart, fearing God : he might know your estate, and
23 And whatsoever ye do, comfort your hearts; do it heartily, as to the Lord, 9 With Onesimus, a faithful and not unto men ;
and beloved brother, who is 24 Knowing, that of the Lord one of you. They shall make ye shall receive the reward of known unto you all things the inheritance : for ye serve which are done here. the Lord Christ.
10 Aristarchus my fellow
11 And Jesus, which is called house. Justus; who are of the cir- 16 And when this epistle is cumcision. These only are my read among you, cause that it be fellow-workers unto the king- read also in the church of the dom of God, which have been Laodiceans; and that ye likewise a comfort unto me.
read the epistle from Laodicea. 12 Epaphras, who is one of 17 And say to Archippus, you, a servant of Christ, saluteth Take heed to the ministry you, always labouring fervently which thou hast received in the for you in prayers,
ye may Lord, that thou fulfil it. stand perfect and complete in 18 The salutation by the all the will of God.
hand of me Paul. Remember 13 For I bear him record, my bonds. Grace be with you. that he hath a great zeal for you, Amen. and them that are in Laodicea,
I Written from Rome to the Colosand them in Hierapolis.
sians, by Tychicus and Onesimus.
The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the
in the sight of God and our
Timotheus, unto the church your election of God.
from God our Father Ghost, and in much assurance; and the Lord Jesus Christ. as ye know what manner of
2 We give thanks to God men we were among you for always for you all, making men- your sake. tion of you in our prayers; 6 And ye became followers
3 Remembering without ceas- of us, and of the Lord, having ing your work of faith, and received the word in much labour of love, and patience of affliction, with joy of the Holy hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, Ghost;