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THE EPISTLE OF PAUL, THE APOSTLE,

TO THE COLOSSIANS.

CHAP. I.

|| the day we heard it, do not

cease to pray for you, and to deCHRIST DESCRIBED.

sire that ye might be filled with PAUL, an apostle of Jesus the knowledge of his will in all Christ, by the will of God, and wisdom and spiritual underTimotheus our brother,

standing: 2 To the saints and faithful | 10 That ye might walk worthy brethren in Christ, which are at of the Lord unto all pleasing, Colosse: Grace be unto you, being fruitful in every good and peace, from God our Father, work, and increasing in the and the Lord Jesus Christ. knowledge of God;

3 We give thanks to God and 11 Strengthened with all might, the Father of our Lord Jesus according to his glorious power, Christ, praying always for you, unto all patience and long-suf.

4 Since we heard of your faith sering, with joyfulness; in Christ Jesus, and of the 12 Giving thanks unto the love which ye have to all the Father, which hath made us saints;

meet to be partakers of the in5 For the hope which is laid heritance of the saints in light; up for you in heaven, whereof | 13 Who hath delivered us ye heard before in the word of from the power of darkness, and the truth of the gospel:

hath translated us into the king6 Which is come unto you, | dom of his dear Son; as it is in all the world; and 14 In whom we have redempbringeth forth fruit, as it doth || tion through his blood, even also in you, since the day ye | the forgiveness of sins; heard of it, and knew the grace 15 Who is the image of the inof God in truth:

1 visible God, the first-born of 7 As ye also learned of Epa- ||| every creature; . . phras, our dear fellow-servant, 16 For by him were all things who is for you a faithful minis created that are in heaven, and ter of Christ;

that are in earth, visible and in8 Who also declared unto us visible, whether they be thrones, your love in the Spirit.

or dominions, or principalities, 9 For this cause we also, since or powers ; all things were

created by him, and for him; || me for you, to fulfil the word of

17 And he is before all things, God: and by him all things consist; 26 Even the mystery, which

18 And he is the head of the hath been hid from ages, and body, the church; who is the || from generations, but now is beginning, the first-born from made manifest to his saints; the dead; that in all things he | 27 To whom God would might have the pre-eminence; make known what is the riches

19 For it pleased the Father, I of the glory of this mystery that in him should all fulness among the Gentiles, which is dwell :

Christ in you, the hope of 20 And (having made peace glory: through the blood of his cross) || 28 Whom we preach, warning by him to reconcile all things every man, and teaching every unto himself: by him, I say, man in all wisdom, that we whether they be things in earth, || may present every man perfect or things in heaven.

in Christ Jesus; 21 And you, that were some- 29 Whereunto I also labour, time alienated, and enemies in striving according to his work. your mind by wicked works, ing, which worketh in me migh. yet now hath he reconciled

tily. 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you

CHAP. II. holy and unblameable, and un

EXHORTATION TO CONreproveable, in his sight;

STANCY. 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be FOR I would that ye knew not moved away from the hope | what great conflict I have for of the gospel, which ye have you, and for them at Laodicea, heard, and which was preached and for as many as have not to every creature which is un- | seen my face in the flesh; der heaven: whereof I Paul am 2 That their hearts might be made a minister:

comforted, being knit together 24 Who now rejoice in my in love, and unto all riches of sufferings for you, and fill up the full assurance of under.. that which is behind of the af. standing, to the acknowledge. Aictions of Christ in my flesh ment of the mystery of God, for his body's sake, which is and of the Father, and of the church;

Christ; 25 Whereof I am made a mi-| 3 In whom are hid all the nister, according to the dispen- treasures of wisdom and know. ) sation of God, which is given to l ledge.

4 And this I say, lest any man 14 Blotting out the hand-writshould beguile you with enticing of ordinances that was aing words.

gainst us, which was contrary 5 For though I be absent into us, and took it out of the the flesh, yet am I with you in way, nailing it to his cross: the spirit, joying and beholding 15 And, having spoiled prinyour order, and the stedfast- cipalities and powers, he made ness of your faith in Christ. a shew of them openly, triumph

6 As ye have therefore re- | ing over them in it. ceived Christ Jesus the Lord, 16 Let no man, therefore, so walk ye in him;

judge you, in meat, or in drink, 7 Rooted and built up in him, or in respect of an holy-day, or and stablished in the faith, as of the new-moon, or of the sabye have been taught, abounding bath-days; therein with thanksgiving. 17 Which are a shadow of

8 Beware lest any man spoil things to come; but the body you through philosophy and is of Christ. vain deceit, after the tradition 18 Let no man beguile you of of men, after the rudiments of your reward in a voluntary hu. the world, and not after Christ: mility and worshipping of an

9 For in him dwelleth all the gels, intruding into those things fulness of the Godhead bodily. which he hath not seen, vainly

10 And ye are complete in puffed up by his fleshly mind; him, which is the head of all 19 And not holding the head, principality and power:

from which all the body, by 11 In whom also ye are cir joints and bands, having nour. cumcised with the circumcision || ishment ministered and knit to. made without hands, in putting gether, increaseth with the inoff the body of the sins of the crease of God. fesh, by the circumcision of 20 Wherefore, if ye be dead Christ;

with Christ, from the rudiments 12 Buried with him in bap- of the world, why, as though tism, wherein also ye are risen living in the world, are ye subwith him through the faith of ject to ordinances, • the operation of God, who hath 21 (Touch not, taste not, hanraised him from the dead. dle not;

13 And you, being dead in 22 Which all are to perish your sins, and the uncircum- with the using,) after the comcision of your flesh, hath he mandments and doctrines of

quickened together with him, | men ? : having forgiven you all tres- || 23 Which things have indeed passes ;

la shew of wisdom in will-worVOL. Iů.

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ship and humility, and neglect. || ledge after the image of him ing of the body, not in any | that created him: honour to the satisfying of the 11 Where there is neither flesh.

Greek nor Jew, circumcision

nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, CHAP. III.

Scythian, bond nor free; but

Christ is all, and in all.
HOUSEHOLD DUTIES.

12 Put on, therefore, as the IF ye then be risen with elect of God, holy and beloved, Christ, seek those things which | bowels of mercies, kindness, are above, where Christ sitteth humbleness of mind, meekness, on the right hand of God. long-suffering;

2 Set your affection on things 1 13 Forbearing one another, above, not on things on the and forgiving one another, if earth.

any man have a quarrel against 3 For ye are dead, and your any; even as Christ forgave life is hid with Christ in God. you, so also do ye.

4. When Christ, who is our 14 And, above all these things, life, shall appear, then shall put on charity, which is the ye also appear with him in | bond of perfectness. glory.

15 And let the peace of God 5 Mortify therefore your mem- | rule in your hearts, to the bers which are upon the earth; which also ye are called in one fornication, uncleanness, inor- | body; and be ye thankful. dinate affection, evil concupis- 16 Let the word of Christ cence, and covetousness, which || dwell in you richly in all wisis idolatry;

dom; teaching and admonish. 6 For which things' sake, the ing one another in psalms, and wrath of God cometh on the hymns, and spiritual songs, children of disobedience: singing with grace in your

7 In the which ye also walked | hearts, to the Lord. some time, when ye lived in 17 And whatsoever ye do in them:

word, or deed, do all in the 8 But now ye also put off all | name of the Lord Jesus, giving these ; anger, wrath, malice, thanks to God and the Father blasphemy, filthy communica- || by him. tion out of your mouth. | 18 Wives, submit yourselves

9 Lie not one to another, see- unto your own husbands, as it ing that ye have put off the old || is fit in the Lord. man with his deeds;

19 Husbands, love your wives, . 10 And have put on the new and be not bitter against them. man, which is renewed in know- 20 Children, obey your parents

in all things: for this is well. | with grace, seasoned with salt, pleasing unto the Lord.

that ye may know how ye ought 21 Fathers, provoke not your to answer every man. children to anger, lest they be || 7 All my state shall Tychicus discouraged.

|| declare unto you, who is a be22 Servants, obey in all things loved brother, and a faithful your masters, according to the minister, and fellow-servant in flesh; not with eye-service, as the Lord; men pleasers, but in singleness 8 Whom I have sent unto you of heart, fearing God:

for the same purpose, that he 23 And whatsoever ye do, do might know your estate, and it heartily, as to the Lord, and comfort your hearts; not unto men;

9 With Onesimus, a faithful 24 Knowing that of the Lord and beloved brother, who is one ye shall receive the reward of of you: they shall make known the inheritance: for ye serve unto you all things which are the Lord Christ.

done here. 25 But he that doeth wrong 10 Aristarchus my fellow-prishall receive for the wrong soner saluteth you, and Marcus, which he hath done :' and there sister's son to Barnabas; (touchis no respect of persons. ing whom ye received comCHAP. IV.

mandments; if he come unto

you, receive him ;) PRAYER RECOMMENDED.

11 And Jesus, which is called MASTERS, give unto your Justus, who are of the circumservants that which is just and cision. These only are my felequal; knowing that ye also low-workers, unto the kingdom have a Master in heaven. of God, which have been a

2 Continue in prayer, and comfort unto me. watch in the same with thanks 12 Epaphras, who is one of giving:

you, a servant of Christ, salut3 Withal, praying also for us, eth you, always labouring ferthat God would open unto us a vently for you in prayers, that door of utterance, to speak the ye may stand perfect and commystery of Christ, for which I | plete in all the will of God. am also in bonds: .

13 For I bear him record, that 4 That I may make it mani- | he hath a great zeal for you, fest, as I ought to speak. and them that are in Laodicea,

5 Walk in wisdom towards and them in Hierapolis. them that are without, redeem- 14 Luke, the beloved physiing the time.

cian, and Demas, greet you. 6 Let your speech be alway 15 Salute the brethren which

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