15 He is the image of the invisible God,x
the firstborn over all creation.y
16 For everything was created by him,z
in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions
or rulers or authorities—
all things have been created through him and for him.aa
17 He is before all things,ab
and by him all thingsac hold together.
he is the beginning,ad
the firstborn from the dead,ae
so that he might come to have
first place in everything.