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The New International Version

Colossians 1:1–8

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Paul, an apostlea of Christ Jesus by the will of God,b and Timothyc our brother,

To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sistersa in Christ:

Graced and peace to you from God our Father.b e

Thanksgiving and Prayer

We always thank God,f the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the loveg you have for all God’s peoplehthe faith and love that spring from the hopei stored up for you in heavenj and about which you have already heard in the true messagek of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruitl and growing throughout the whole worldm—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from Epaphras,n our dear fellow servant,c who is a faithful ministero of Christ on ourd behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.p

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The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 4:15.

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Some manuscripts Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

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