Colossians 2:1–4:18

For aI would that ye knew what great ||bconflict I have for you, and for them at cLaodicea, and for das many as have not seen my face in the flesh; That etheir hearts might be comforted, fbeing knit together in love, and unto gall riches of hthe full assurance of understanding, to ithe acknowledgement of iithe mystery of jGod, and of the Father, and of Christ; ||In whom are hid all the treasures of kwisdom and lknowledge. And this I say, mlest any man should nbeguile you owith enticing words. For pthough I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your qorder, and the rstedfastness of your faith in Christ. sAs ye have therefore streceived Christ Jesus the Lord, so swalk ye in him: uRooted and wbuilt up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein xwith thanksgiving.

yBeware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after zthe tradition of men, after the ||rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him adwelleth all the bfulness of the Godhead cbodily. 10 And dye are complete in him, ewhich is the head of all fprincipality and fpower: 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with gthe circumcision made without hands, hin putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 iBuried with him in baptism, wherein also jye are risen with him through kthe faith of lthe operation of God, mwho hath raised him from the dead. 13 nAnd you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 opBlotting out the handwriting of qordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and rtook it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And shaving spoiled fprincipalities and fpowers, she made a shew of them openly, ttriumphing over them ||uin it.

16 Let no man therefore wjudge you ||xin meat, or in drink, or ||in respect of yan holyday, or of zthe new moon, or of athe sabbath days: 17 Which are ba shadow of things to come; but cthe body is of Christ. 18 dLet no man ||beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, eintruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly fpuffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 And not gholding hthe Head, hfrom which all the body by joints and ibands iihaving nourishment ministered, and hknit together, jincreaseth with jjthe increase of God. 20 Wherefore kif ye be dead with Christ from the ||rudiments of the world, lwhy, as though living in the world, are ye msubject to ordinances, 21 n(Touch not; otaste not; handle not; 22 pWhich all are qto perish with the using;) after rthe commandments and rdoctrines of men? 23 sWhich things have indeed a shew of wisdom in twill worship, and thumility, and ||neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

3 aIf ye then be risen with Christ, seek bthose things which are above, cwhere Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your ||affection on bthings above, not on things on the earth. For dye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is eour life, fshall appear, then shall ye also appear with him gin glory.

hMortify therefore iyour members which are upon the earth; kfornication, kuncleanness, lminordinate affection, evil mconcupiscence, and kcovetousness, nwhich is idolatry: oFor which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on pthe children of ndisobedience: In the which qye also walked rsome time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also sput off all these; tanger, twrath, tmalice, tblasphemy, ufilthy communication out of your mouth. wLie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off sxthe old man with his deeds; 10 And yhave put on zthe new man, awhich is renewed bin knowledge after cthe image of him that dcreated him: 11 Where there is neither efGreek nor Jew, gcircumcision nor uncircumcision, hBarbarian, iScythian, fbond nor free: but Christ is kall, and in all. 12 yPut on therefore, as lthe elect of God, holy and mbeloved, nobowels of mercies, okindness, phumbleness of mind, pmeekness, plongsuffering; 13 pForbearing one another, and oforgiving one another, if any man have a ||quarrel against any: oeven as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 qAnd above all these things rput on scharity, which is the tbond of uperfectness. 15 And let wthe peace of God rule in your hearts, xto the which also ye are called yin one body; zand be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly abin all wisdom; bteaching and badmonishing one another cin psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing dwith grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And ewhatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, fgiving thanks to God and the Father by him.

18 gWives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, has it is fit in the Lord. 19 iHusbands, love your wives, and kbe not bitter against them. 20 lChildren, obey your parents min all things: for this is nwell pleasing unto the Lord. 21 oFathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be pdiscouraged. 22 qServants, obey min all things your masters according to the flesh; qnot with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but qin singleness of heart, fearing God: 23 And ewhatsoever ye do, do it rheartily, as sto the Lord, and not unto men; 24 tKnowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of uthe inheritance: for qsye serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he that doeth wrong wshall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and xthere is no respect of persons.

4 aMasters, give unto your servants that which is just and bequal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

cdContinue ein prayer, and fwatch in the same gwith thanksgiving; Withal hpraying also for us, that God would iopen unto us a door of utterance, to speak kthe mystery of Christ, lfor which I am also in bonds: That mI may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. nWalk oin wisdom toward pthem that are without, qredeeming the time. Let your speech be alway rwith grace, sseasoned with salt, that ye may know thow ye ought to answer every man.

uAll my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and wa faithful minister and wfellowservant in the Lord: Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and xcomfort your hearts; With xxOnesimus, a yfaithful and beloved brother, jwho is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here. 10 zAristarchus amy fellowprisoner saluteth you, and bMarcus, csister’s son to dBarnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: eif he come unto you, receive him;) 11 And Jesus, which is called fJustus, gwho are of the circumcision. These only are my hfellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me. 12 iEpaphras, jwho is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always ||klabouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand lperfect and ||mcomplete in all mmthe will of God. 13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great nzeal for you, and them that are in oLaodicea, and them in Hierapolis. 14 pLuke, the beloved physician, and qDemas, greet you. 15 Salute the brethren which are in oLaodicea, and Nymphas, and rthe church which is in his house. 16 And when sthis epistle tis read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from oLaodicea. 17 And say to uArchippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it. 18 wThe salutation by the hand of me Paul. xRemember ymy bonds. zGrace be with you. Amen.

Written afrom Rome to the Colossians by bTychicus and cOnesimus.

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