1Gk. the brother,1:2 2to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ that are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father3.
2Or, to those that are at Colossae, holy and faithful brethren in Christ:1:3 We give thanks to 4God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
3So B 1739 33 81 1175 copsa vg. ℵCA I and a majority of lesser Gk. mss., (copbo) add and the Lord Jesus Christ (Compare Ro 1:7, 1Co 1:3, etc.)
4So p61vidBC* 1739 copsa,bo. ℵA I 33 81 and the majority of lesser Gk. mss., arm vg read the God and Father of1:4 having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have toward all the saints,
1:5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the 5gospel,
5Gk. good tidings, And similarly everywhere; see marginal note on Mt 4:23.1:6 which is come unto you; even as it is also in all the world bearing fruit and increasing, as it doth in you also, since the day ye heard and knew the grace of God in truth;
1:7 even as ye learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow-servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on 6your behalf,
6So C 1739 33 81 and the majority of lesser Gk. mss., cop arm vg. But p46ℵBA D* read our1:8 who also declared unto us your love in spirit.
1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray and make request for you, that ye may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
1:10 to walk worthily of the Lord 7unto all pleasing, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing 8in the knowledge of God;
7Or, unto all pleasing, in every good work, bearing fruit and increasing etc.1:11 9strengthened 10with all power, according to the might of his glory, unto all 11patience and longsuffering with joy;
9Gk. made powerful1:12 giving thanks unto the Father, who made 12you meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light;
12So ℵB 1739 1175 copsa arm. CA 33 81vid and a majority of lesser Gk. mss., copbo vg read us1:13 who delivered us out of the 13power of darkness, and 14removed us into the kingdom of the Son of his love;
13Gk. authority1:14 in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins:
1:15 who is an image of the invisible God, a firstborn of all creation;
1:16 for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him;
1:17 and he is before all things, and in him all things 15consist.
15That is, hold together1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, a firstborn from the dead; 16that in all things he might have the preeminence.
16Or, that among all he might have etc.1:19 17For it was the good pleasure of the Father that in him should all the fullness dwell;
17Or, For the whole fullness of God was pleased to dwell in him1:20 and through him to reconcile all things 18unto 19himself, having made peace through the blood of his cross; 20through him, I say, whether things upon the earth, or things in the heavens.
18Or, into him,1:21 And you, being in time past alienated and enemies in your mind 21in your evil works,
20So p46ℵCA 048 33 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss., copbo. But B I 1739 81 1175 copsa arm vg omit through him,
21Or possibly, in the works of the Evil One.1:22 yet now 22hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish and unreprovable before him:
22(p46)B almost alone read ye have been reconciled1:23 if so be that ye continue in the faith, grounded and stedfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel which ye heard, which was preached in all creation under heaven; whereof I Paul was made a minister.
1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of 23Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church;
23Or, the Christ or, the Anointed1:25 whereof I became a minister, according to the 24stewardship of God which was given me towards you, to fulfil the word of God,
24Or, dispensation But see 1Co 9:17.1:26 even the mystery which hath been hid 25from all ages and generations: but now hath it been manifested to his saints,
25Or, for ages etc. Gk. from the ages and from the generations:1:27 to whom God was pleased to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
1:28 whom we proclaim, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ;
1:29 whereunto I labor also, striving according to his working, which worketh in me 26mightily.
26Or, in power.[Col 2]
2:1 For I would have you know how greatly I strive for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
2:2 that their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the 27full assurance of understanding, that they may know the mystery 28of God, even Christ,
27Or, fulness2:3 in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden.
28So p46B almost alone (or, of God the father of Christ,). ℵ* 048 (CA copbo) vg read of God the father of Christ, 1739 81 almost alone read of Christ, D* almost alone reads of God, which is Christ, 33 alone reads of God in Christ, 1881 H P read of God, A majority of lesser Gk. mss. read of God even the Father, and of Christ,
2:4 This I say, that no one may delude you with persuasiveness of speech.
2:5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
2:6 As therefore ye received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,
2:7 rooted and builded up in him, and established 29in the faith, even as ye were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
29So B 33 81 vg (ℵ 1739 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss., arm). AC I read in faith, 048vid copsa,bo read in it in the faith,2:8 30Take heed lest there shall be any one that maketh spoil of you through his philosophy and empty deceit, after the tradition of men, after the 31rudiments of the world, and not after Christ:
30Or, See whether there shall be2:9 for in him dwelleth all the fullness of the divine nature bodily,
31Or, elements See Ga 4:3 margin.
2:10 and in him ye are made full, who is the head of all principality and power:
2:11 in whom ye were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ:
2:12 having been buried with him in baptism, wherein ye were also 32awakened with him through faith in the working of God, who awakened him from the dead.
32Or, raised (twice) And in ch. 3:1.2:13 And you, being dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, 33you, I say, did he make alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses;
33So ℵ*CA 1739 81 copsa,bo. p46B 33 almost alone read us, D arm vg omit you, I say,2:14 having blotted out 34the bond written in ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us: and he hath taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross:
34Or, the bond that was against us by its ordinances, or, the handwriting of ordinances against us,2:15 35having despoiled the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
35Or, having put off from himself the principalities etc.2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a feast day or a new moon or sabbath days:
2:17 which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is 36Christ’s.
36Or, of the Christ.2:18 Let no man rob you of your prize 37by a voluntary humility and 38worshipping of the 39angels, trampling in the things 40which he hath seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
37Or, of his own mere will, by humility etc.2:19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and bands, will grow with the growth of God.
38The Greek word denotes an act of reverence, whether paid to a creature, or to the Creator.
40So p46ℵ*BA I 1739 33 and a few others, copsa,bo. C (81) 1175 and the majority of lesser Gk. mss., arm vg read which he hath not seen,
2:20 If ye died with Christ from the 41rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, do ye subject yourselves to ordinances:
41Or, elements See Ga 4:3 margin.2:21 Handle not, nor taste, nor touch
2:22 (all which things are to perish with the using), after the precepts and doctrines of men?
2:23 Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in self-imposed worship, and 42humility, and severity to the body; but are not of any 43value against the indulgence of the flesh.
42So ℵCA 33 81 and the majority of lesser Gk. mss., copsa arm vg. p46B 1739 almost alone omit humility, and G and few others read humility of understanding, and copbo almost alone reads humility of understanding,[Col 3]
3:1 If then ye were awakened together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God.
3:2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth.
3:3 For ye died, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
3:4 When Christ who is 44your life, shall be manifested, then shall ye also with him be manifested in glory.
44So p46ℵC 33 81 copbo arm vg. B 1739 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss., copsa read our life,3:5 Put to death therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry;
3:6 for which things’ sake cometh the wrath of God 45upon the sons of the disobedience:
45So ℵCA I 1739 33 81 and most, copbo arm vg. p46B D*vid copsa almost alone omit upon the sons of the disobedience See Ep 5:6.3:7 46wherein ye also once walked, when ye lived in these things;
46Or, amongst whom3:8 but now do ye also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, railing, shameful speaking out of your mouth:
3:9 lie not one to another; seeing that ye have put off the old man with his doings,
3:10 and have put on the new man, that is being renewed unto knowledge after the image of him that created him:
3:11 where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondman, freeman: but Christ is all things, and in all.
3:12 Put on therefore, as God’s elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering;
3:13 forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as 47the Lord forgave you, so also do ye:
47So p46BA D* vg. C 1739 81 and the majority of lesser Gk. mss., copsa,bo read Christ ℵ* almost alone reads God 33 arm alone read God in Christ3:14 and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness.
3:15 And let the peace of Christ 48rule in your hearts, to the which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful.
48Gk. arbitrate3:16 Let the word 49of Christ dwell in you 50richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing 51one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God.
49So p46ℵB 1739 81 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss., copsa arm vg. C*A 33 read of God ℵ* I copbo read of the Lord3:17 And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to 52God the Father through him.
50Or, richly in all wisdom; teaching etc.
52So p46vidℵBCA 1739 81 copsa,bo. 33 (1175) and a majority of lesser Gk. mss., arm vg read the God and Father or, God, even the Father3:18 Wives, be in subjection to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing in the Lord.
3:21 Fathers, 53provoke not your children, that they be not discouraged.
53So p46vidℵB 1739* and a majority of lesser Gk. mss., vg. CA 33 81 arm read anger not3:22 54Servants, obey in all things them that are your 55masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, and men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord:
54Gk. Bondservants,3:23 whatsoever ye do, work 56heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men;
56Gk. from the soul,3:24 knowing that from the Lord ye shall receive the recompense of the inheritance: ye serve the Lord Christ.
3:25 For he that doeth wrong shall 57receive again for the wrong that he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
57Gk. receive again the wrong[Col 4]
4:1 58Masters, render unto your 59servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
58Gk. Lords,4:2 Continue stedfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving;
4:3 withal praying for us also, that God may open unto us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds;
4:4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, 60redeeming the time.
60Gk. buying up the opportunity.4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer each one.
4:7 All my affairs shall Tychicus make known unto you, the beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow-servant in the Lord:
4:8 whom I have sent unto you for this very purpose, 61that ye might know our state, and that he might comfort your hearts;
61So BA 048 33 81 arm. But p46C 1739 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss., copbo vg read that he might know your state, ℵ almost alone reads that ye might know your state,4:9 together with Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things that are done here.
4:10 Aristarchus my fellow-prisoner saluteth you, and Mark, the cousin of Barnabas (touching whom ye received commandments; if he come unto you, receive him),
4:11 and Jesus that is called Justus, who are of the circumcision: these only are my fellow-workers unto the kingdom of God, men that have been a comfort unto me.
4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a 62servant of Christ Jesus, saluteth you, always striving for you in his prayers, that ye may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.
62Gk. bondservant4:13 For I bear him witness, that he hath much labor for you, and for them in Laodicea, and for them in Hierapolis.
4:14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas salute you.
4:15 Salute the brethren that are in Laodicea, and 63Nymphas, and the church that is at 64their house.
63The Greek may represent Nympha.4:16 And whenever 65this epistle hath been read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye also read the epistle from Laodicea.
64So ℵCA 33 81 1175 copbo. But B 1739 1881 copsa read at her house. D and a majority of lesser Gk. mss. read at his house.
65Gk. the4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
4:18 The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you.66
66So ℵ*BCA 048 1739* 33 81 copsa. D and a majority of lesser Gk. mss., arm vg add Amen.