Paul, an apostle of Jesus, the Messiah, by the will of God, and Timotheus [our] brother,
To the saints and faithful brethren in the Messiah who are at Colosse, "Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the master Jesus, the Messiah.
We give thanks to God and the Father of our master Jesus, the Messiah, praying always for you,
Since we heard of your faith in the Messiah Jesus, and of the love [which you have] to all the saints,
For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard before in the word of the truth of the Gospel;
Which has come to you, as [it is] in all the world; and brings forth fruit, as [it does] also in you, since the day you heard [of it], and knew the grace of God in truth.
As you also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of the Messiah;
Who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.
For this cause we also, since the day we heard [it], do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
That you might walk worthily of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, to all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
Giving thanks to the Father, who has made us qualified to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.
Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated [us] into the kingdom of His dear son.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins.
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they are] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers, all things were created by him, and for him.
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
And he is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead [*!1 Kings 17:21 - 23, *!2 Kings 4:32 - 35, *!2 Kings 8:4 - 5, *!Mark 5:39 - 42, *!Luke 7:12 - 15, *!John 11:41 - 44]; that in all [things] he might have the preeminence.
For it pleased [the Father] that in him should all fullness dwell;
And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things to himself; by him, [I say], whether [they are] things in earth, or things in heaven.
And you, who were sometimes alienated and enemies in [your] mind by wicked works, yet now he has reconciled
In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.
If you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and [are] not moved away from the hope of the Gospel, which you have heard, [and] which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of the Messiah in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church.
Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God;
[Even] the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints.
To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is the Messiah in you, the hope of glory.
Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in the Messiah Jesus.
Whereby I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily.
For I am willing that you knew what great conflict I have for you, and [for] them at Laodicea, and [for] as many who have not seen my face in the flesh;
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of the Messiah;
In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
And I say this, unless any man should beguile you with enticing words.
For though I am absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in the Messiah.
As you have therefore received the Messiah, Jesus the master, [so] walk in him.
Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Beware unless any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after the Messiah.
For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
And you are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.
In whom you are also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of the Messiah.
Buried with him in baptism, wherein you have also risen with [him] through the faith of the operation of God, who has raised him from the dead.
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
[And] having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath [days]:
Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of the Messiah.
Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshiping of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increases with the increase of God.
Therefore if you are dead with the Messiah from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to ordinances,
(Do not touch; do not taste; do not handle;
Which all are to perish with the using) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honor to the satisfying of the flesh.
If you then have risen with the Messiah, seek those things which are above, where the Messiah sits on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
For you are dead, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God.
When the Messiah, [who is] our life, will appear, then you will also appear with him in glory.
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
For which things' sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience.
In the which you also walked some time, when you lived in them.
But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds;
And have put on the new [man], who is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him.
Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond [nor] free, but the Messiah [is] all, and in all.
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any, even as the Messiah forgave you, [do] so also.
And above all these things [put on] charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which you are also called in one body; and be thankful.
Let the word of the Messiah 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 master.
And whatever you do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the master Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
Husbands, love [your] wives, and do not be bitter against them.
Children, obey [your] parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.
Fathers, do not provoke your children [to anger], unless they are discouraged.
Servants, obey in all things [your] masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God.
And whatever you do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men;
Knowing that of the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance, for you serve the master the Messiah.
But he who does wrong will receive for the wrong which he has done, and there is no respect of persons.
Masters, give to [your] servants that which is just and equal; knowing that you also have a Lord in heaven.
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
Simultaneously praying for us also, that God would open to us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of the Messiah, for which I am also in bonds.
That I may make it manifest, as I must speak.
Walk in wisdom toward those who are without, redeeming the time.
Let your speech [be] always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you must answer every man.
Tychicus will declare all my state to you, [who is] a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.
Whom I have sent to you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts;
With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is [one] of you. They will make known to you all things which [are done] here.
Aristarchus my fellow prisoner salutes you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom you received commandments, if he comes to you, receive him;)
And Jesus, who is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only [are my] fellow workers to the kingdom of God, who have been a comfort to me.
Epaphras, who is [one] of you, a servant of the Messiah, salutes you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
For I bear him record, that he has a great zeal for you, and those [who are] in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis.
Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet.
Salute the brethren who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.
And when this epistle is read among you, cause it to be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that you likewise read the [epistle] from Laodicea.
And say to Archippus, 'Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it.'
The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace [be] with you. Amen." <<[Written from Rome to Colossians by Tychicus and Onesimus.]>>