1 Paulus, apostolus Christi Iesu per voluntatem Dei, et Timo theus frater
2 his, qui sunt Colossis, sanctis et fidelibus fratribus in Christo: gratia vobis et pax a Deo Patre nostro.
3 Gratias agimus Deo Patri Domini nostri Iesu Christi semper pro vobis orantes,
4 audientes fidem vestram in Christo Iesu et dilectionem, quam habetis in sanctos omnes,
5 propter spem, quae reposita est vobis in caelis, quam ante audistis in verbo veritatis evangelii,
6 quod pervenit ad vos, sicut et in universo mundo est fructificans et crescens, sicut et in vobis, ex ea die, qua audistis et cognovistis gratiam Dei in veritate;
7 sicut didicistis ab Epaphra carissimo conservo nostro, qui est fidelis pro nobis minister Christi,
8 qui etiam manifestavit nobis dilectionem vestram in Spiritu.
9 Ideo et nos, ex qua die audivimus, non cessamus pro vobis orantes et postulantes, ut impleamini agnitione voluntatis eius in omni sapientia et intellectu spiritali,
10 ut ambuletis digne Domino per omnia placentes, in omni opere bono fructificantes et crescentes in scientia Dei,
11 in omni virtute confortati secundum potentiam claritatis eius in omnem patientiam et longanimitatem, cum gaudio
12 gratias agentes Patri, qui idoneos vos fecit in partem sortis sanctorum in lumine;
13 qui eripuit nos de potestate tenebrarum et transtulit in regnum Filii dilectionis suae,
14 in quo habemus redemptionem, remissionem peccatorum;
15 qui est imago Dei invisibilis, primogenitus omnis creaturae,
16 quia in ipso condita sunt universa in caelis et in terra, visibilia et invisibilia, sive throni sive dominationes sive principatus sive potestates. Omnia per ipsum et in ipsum creata sunt,
17 et ipse est ante omnia, et omnia in ipso constant.
18 Et ipse est caput corporis ecclesiae; qui est principium, primogenitus ex mortuis, ut sit in omnibus ipse primatum tenens,
19 quia in ipso complacuit omnem plenitudinem habitare
20 et per eum reconciliare omnia in ipsum, pacificans per sanguinem crucis eius, sive quae in terris sive quae in caelis sunt.
21 Et vos, cum essetis aliquando alienati et inimici sensu in operibus malis,
22 nunc autem reconciliavit in corpore carnis eius per mortem exhibere vos sanctos et immaculatos et irreprehensibiles coram ipso;
23 si tamen permanetis in fide fundati et stabiles et immobiles a spe evangelii, quod audistis, quod praedicatum est in universa creatura, quae sub caelo est, cuius factus sum ego Paulus minister.
24 Nunc gaudeo in passionibus pro vobis et adimpleo, ea quae desunt passionum Christi in carne mea pro corpore eius, quod est ecclesia,
25 cuius factus sum ego minister secundum dispensationem Dei, quae data est mihi in vos, ut impleam verbum Dei;
26 mysterium, quod absconditum fuit a saeculis et generationibus, nunc autem manifestatum est sanctis eius,
27 quibus voluit Deus notas facere divitias gloriae mysterii huius in gentibus, quod est Christus in vobis, spes gloriae;
28 quem nos annuntiamus, commonentes omnem hominem et docentes omnem hominem in omni sapientia, ut exhibeamus omnem hominem perfectum in Christo;
29 ad quod et laboro certando secundum operationem eius, quae operatur in me in virtute.
King James Version
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,
2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,
5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:
7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:
25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.