THE EPISTLE OF PAUL TO THE COLOSSIANS
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our
2 To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ in
Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
praying always for you,
4 when we heard of your faith in Christ
Jesus and your love which is towards all the saints;
5 because of
the hope being laid up for you in the heavens, in which you heard
before in the word of the truth of the gospel,
6 which has come
to you, just as also in all the world, and is bearing fruit and
growing, just as also among you, from the day which you heard and fully
knew the grace of God in truth;
7 just as also you learned from
Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of
Christ on your behalf,
8 who also told us of your love in the
Preeminence of Christ
9 On account of this we also, since the day we heard of it, we do not
cease praying for you, and asking that you may be filled with the full
knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 that you should walk worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all
respects, bearing fruit and increasing in the full knowledge of
11 being strengthened with all power, according to the might
of His glory, for all endurance and longsuffering with joy;
giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to share in the
inheritance of the saints in the light.
13 He has delivered us
from the dominion of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of
His dear Son,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over
16 for by Him all things were created, those in the
heavens and those on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or
dominions or rulers or authorities; all things have been created
through Him and for Him.
17 And He is before all things, and in
Him all things hold together.
18 And He is the head of the body,
the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that
in all things He might have the preeminence;
Reconciled in Christ
19 for it pleased the Father that all the fullness should dwell in
20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by
Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace
through the blood of His cross.
21 And you, who once were
alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has
22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present
you holy, and blameless, and above reproach before Him—
if indeed you continue in the faith, established and firm and not
drifting away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was
proclaimed to all creation under heaven, of which I, Paul, have become
Paul’s Ministry to the Church
24 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what
is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for His body’s sake,
which is the church,
25 of which I became a minister according to
the dispensation of God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the
word of God,
26 even the mystery which has been hidden from the
ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His
27 To whom God willed to make known what are the riches
of the glory of this mystery among the nations, which is Christ in you,
the hope of glory; 28 whom we proclaim, warning every man and
teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect
in Christ Jesus;
29 for which I also labor, striving according to
His working which is working in me with
COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 2
1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have concerning you and
those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the
2 that their hearts may be comforted, being joined
together in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of
understanding, to a full knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the
Father and of Christ,
3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of
wisdom and knowledge.
4 Now this I say so that no one will deceive you with arguments that
5 For though indeed I am absent in the flesh,
yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your orderliness and the
steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
Alive in Christ
6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in
7 having been rooted and built up in Him and being
established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in it with
8 See that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty
deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic
principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
9 For in
Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;
10 and in Him
you have been made complete, who is the head of all principality and
11 In whom you were also circumcised with the circumcision made
without hands, by the putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by
the circumcision of Christ,
12 having been buried together with
Him in baptism, in which also you were raised together through faith in
the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
13 And you,
being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He
made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our
14 having blotted out the handwriting of ordinances
that was against us, which was contrary to us, and He has taken it out
of the midst, nailing it to the cross.
15 And having disarmed
principalities and powers, He mocked them in public, triumphing over
them in it.
Let No One Disqualify You
16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you in food or in drink, or
regarding a festival or of a new moon or of sabbaths,
are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ.
no one rule against you, desiring to do so in false humility and in
worship of the angels, intruding into those things which he has not
seen, in vain being puffed up by his carnal mind,
19 and not
holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, supported and joined
together by joints and ligaments, grows with the growth of God.
20 If you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why,
as though living in the world, do you submit to regulations—
“Do not handle, nor taste, nor touch,"
22 which things are
all for corruption with the using, according to the commands and
teaching of men?
23 These things indeed have a reputation of
wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and severity on the
body, but are not of any value against the indulgence of the
COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 3
Put on the New Self
1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek those things which are
above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For you
died, and your life has been hidden with Christ in God.
Whenever Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with
Him in glory.
5 Therefore put to death your members on the earth: fornication,
uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry.
6 Because of which things the wrath of God is coming on the sons of
7 in which you yourselves once walked when you
lived in them.
8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these:
wrath, anger, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your
9 Do not lie to one another, since you have laid aside the
old man with his practices,
10 and have put on the new man who is
renewed in full knowledge according to the image of Him who created
11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor
uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all
and in all.
Character of the New Man
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on hearts of
compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience;
one another and forgiving yourselves, if anyone should have a complaint
against any; just as Christ forgave you, so you also do.
above all these things put on love, which is the bond of
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to
which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and
admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
17 And whatsoever
you may do in word or deed, do all things in the name of the Lord
Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Instructions for Christian Households
18 Wives, subject yourselves to your own husbands, as is fitting in the
19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward
20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is
well pleasing in the Lord.
21 Fathers, do not provoke your
children, lest they become discouraged.
22 Bondservants, obey
your masters according to the flesh in all things, not with eyeservice,
as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God.
whatever you may do, work it from your soul, as to the Lord and not to
24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of
the inheritance, for you serve the Lord Christ.
25 But he who
does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no
COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 4
1 Masters, provide to your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in the heavens.
2 Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving;
praying at the same time also for us, that God would open a door for
the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, because of which I am also in
chains, 4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, redeeming the time.
6 Let your
speech always be with grace, having been seasoned with salt, to know
how you ought to answer each one.
7 Tychicus, our beloved brother and faithful minister, and fellow
servant in the Lord, will tell you all things about me.
8 I am
sending him to you for this very thing, that he may know your
circumstances, and he may encourage your hearts,
9 with Onesimus,
the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make
known to you all the things happening here.
10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with Mark the cousin of
Barnabas (about whom you received instructions: if he comes to you,
11 and Jesus who is called Justus. These alone are
my fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision;
they have proved to be a comfort to me.
12 Epaphras greets you,
who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, always struggling for you
in his prayers, that you may stand mature and complete in all the will
13 For I bear him witness that he has much zeal for you,
and those in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis.
14 Luke the beloved
physician greets you, also Demas.
15 Greet the brothers who are
in Laodicea, and Nymphas and the church in his house.
Closing Exhortations and Blessing
16 And whenever this letter is read before you, see that it is also
read in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you also read the one
from Laodicea. 17 And say to Archippus, "Take heed to the
ministry which you received in the Lord, that you fulfill it."
This greeting is by my own hand—Paul. Remember my chains. Grace
be with you. Amen.