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9 prayeth further for their increase in grace, not cease to pray for you, and
14 describeth the true Christ, 21 encourageth to desire that ye might be fill-
them to receive Jesus Christ, and commend
eth his own ministry.

ed with the knowledge of his
an apostle of Jesus will in all wisdom and spirit-
Christ by the will of God, ual understanding;
and Timotheus our brother, 10 That ye might walk wor-

2 To the saints and faithful thy of the Lord unto all pleas-
brethren in Christ which are ing, being fruitful in every
at Colosse: Grace be unto you, good work, and increasing in
and peace, from God our Fa- | the knowledge of God;
ther and the Lord Jesus Christ. 11 Strengthened with all

3 We give thanks to God might, according to his glorious
and the Father of our Lord power, unto all patience and
Jesus Christ, praying always longsuffering with joyfulness;

12 Giving thanks unto the
4 Since we heard of your faith Father, which hath made us
in Christ Jesus, and of the meet to be partakers of the in-
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have to all the heritance of the saints in light: saints,

13 Who hath delivered us from 5 For the hope which is laid the power of darkness,and hath up for you in heaven, whereof translated us into the kingdom

heard before in the word of l of his dear Son:
the truth of the gospel ;

14 In whom we have redemp-
6 Which is come unto you, as tion through his blood, even the
it is in all the world; and forgiveness of sins:
bringeth forth fruit, as it doth 15 Who is the image of the
also in you, since the day ye invisible God, the firstborn of
heard of it, and knew the grace every creature:
of God in truth:

16 For by him were all things
7 As ye also learned of Epa- created, that are in heaven, and
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1 He still exhorteth them to be constant in

All fulness in Christ. COLOSSIANS,

Paul exhorteth to 17 And he is before all things, 26 Even the mystery which and by him all things con- hath been hid from ages and sist.

from generations, but now is 18 And he is the head of the made manifest to his saints: body, the church: who is the 27 To whom God would beginning, the firstborn from make known what is the richthe dead; that in all things he es of the glory of this mystery might have the preeminence. among the Gentiles; which

19 For it pleased the Father is Christ in you, the hope of that in him should all fulness glory: dwell;

28 Whom we preach, warn20 And, having made peace ing every man, and teaching through the blood of his cross, every man in all wisdom; that by him to reconcile all things we may present every man unto himself; by him, I say, perfect in Christ Jesus: whether they be things in earth, 29 Whereunto I also labour, or things in heaven.

striving according to his work21 And you, that were some ing, which worketh in me time alienated and enemies in mightily. your mind by wicked works,

CHAPTER II. yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh

Christ, 8 to beware of philosophy, and sain

traditions, 18 worshipping of angels, 20 and through death, to present you legal ceremonies, which are ended in Christ. holy and unblameable and un- NOR I would that ye knew reproveable in his sight:

what great conflict I have 23 If ye continue in the faith for you, and for them at Laodi. grounded and settled, and be cea, and for as many as have not moved away from the hope not seen my face in the flesh; of the gospel, which ye have 2 That their hearts might be heard, and which was preach- comforted, being knit together ed to every creature which is in love, and unto all riches under heaven; whereof I Paul of the full assurance of underam made a minister;

standing, to the acknowledg. 24 Who now rejoice in my suf- ment of the mystery of God, ferings for you, and fill up that and of the Father, and of which is behind of the afflic. Christ; tions of Christ in my flesh for 3 In whom are hid all the his body's sake, which is the treasures of wisdom and knowchurch:

ledge. 25 Whereof I am made a mi. 4 And this I say, lest any man nister, according to the dispen- should beguile you with ensation of God which is given ticing words. to me for you, to fulfil the word 5 For though I be absent in of God;

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constancy in Christ. CHAPTER II. The ritual law abolished the spirit, joying and behold- ry to us, and took it out of the ing your order, and the stead- way, nailing it to his cross; fastness of your faith in Christ. 15 And having spoiled prin.

6 As ye have therefore re- cipalities and powers, he made ceived Christ Jesus the Lord, a shew of them openly, tri. . 80 walk ye in him:

umphing over them in it. 7 Rooted and built up in him, 16 Let no man therefore judge and stablished in the faith, as you in meat, or in drink, or in ye have been taught, abound respect of a holyday, or of the ing therein with thanksgiv- new moon, or of the sabbath ing.

days: 8 Beware lest any man spoil 17 Which are a shadow of you through philosophy and things to come; but the body vain deceit, after the tradition is of Christ. of men, after the rudiments 18 Let no man beguile you of the world, and not after of your reward in a voluntary Christ.

humility and worshipping of 9 For in him dwelleth all angels, intruding into those the fulness of the Godhead things which he hath not seen, bodily.

vainly puffed up by his fleshly 10 And ye are complete in 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 noucumcised with the circumci- rishment ministered, and knit sion made without hands, in together, increaseth with the putting off the body of the sins increase of God. of the flesh by the circumcision 20 Wherefore if ye be dead of 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 with him through the faith of subject to ordinances, the operation of God, who 21 (Touch not, taste not, hanhath raised him from the dle not; dead.

22 Which all are to perish 13 And you, being dead in with the using,) after the comyour sins and the uncircumci- mandments and doctrines of sion of your flesh, hath he men ? quickened together with him, 23 Which things have indeed having forgiven you all tres- a shew of wisdom in will-worpasses;

ship, and humility, and neg. 14 Blotting out the handwrit- lecting of the body; not in any ing of ordinances that was honour to the satisfying of the against us, which was contra-flesh.

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to holiness. CHAPTER III.

Scythian, bond nor free: but 1 He sheweth where we should seek Christ. Christ is all, and in all. 6 He exhorteth to mortification, 10 to put off 12 Put on therefore, as the the old man, and to put on Christ, 12 exhorting to charity, humility, and other duties. elect of God, holy and beloved,

then be risen with bowels of mercies, kindness, Christ, seek those things humbleness of mind, meekwhich are above, where Christ ness, longsuffering; sitteth on the right hand of 13 Forbearing one another, God.

and forgiving one another, if 2 Set your affection on things any man have a quarrel against above, not on things on the any: even as Christ forgave earth.

you, so also do ye. 3 For ye are dead, and your 14 And above all these things life is hid with Christ in God. put on charity, which is the

4 When Christ, who is our bond of perfectness. life, shall appear, then shall 15 And let the peace of God ye also appear with him in

with him in rule in your hearts, to the which glory.

also ye are called in one body; 5 Mortify therefore your mem- and be ye thankful. bers which are upon the earth; 16 Let the word of Christ fornication, uncleanness, inor-dwell in you richly in all wisdinate affection, evil concupis-dom; teaching and admonishcence, and covetousness, which ing one another in psalms and is idolatry:

hymns and spiritualsongs, sing. 6 For which things' sake the ing with grace in your hearts wrath of God cometh on the to the Lord. children of disobedience: 17 And whatsoever ye do in

7 In the which ye also walk- word or deed, do all in the ed sometime, when ye lived name of the Lord Jesus, giving in them.

thanks to God and the Father 8 But now ye also put off by him. all these; anger, wrath, malice, 18 Wives, submit yourselves blasphemy, filthy communica- unto your own husbands, as it tion out of your mouth.

is fit in the Lord. 9 Lie not one to another, see- 19 Husbands, love your wives, ing that ye have put off the and be not bitter against them. old man with his deeds; 20 Children, obey your pa10 And have put on the new rents in all things: for this is

21 him that created him:

children to anger, lest they be 11 Where there is neither discouraged. Greek nor Jew, circumcision 22 Servants, obey in all things nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, your masters according to the

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Prayer urged.

flesh; not with eyeservice, as minister and fellow servant in
menpleasers; but in singleness the Lord :
of heart, fearing God:

8 Whom I have sent unto you 23 And whatsoever ye do, do for the same purpose, that he it heartily, as to the Lord, and might know your estate, and not unto men;

comfort your hearts; 24 Knowing that of the Lord 9 With Onesimus, a faithful ye shall receive the reward of and beloved brother, who is the inheritance: for ye serve one of you. They shall make the Lord Christ.

known unto you all things 25 But he that doeth wrong which are done here. shall receive for the wrong 10 Aristarchus my fellow priwhich he hath done: and there soner saluteth you, and Maris no respect of persons. cus, sister's son to Barnabas,

(touching whom ye received CHAPTER IV.

commandments : if he come 1 He exhorteth them to be fervent in prayer, 8 to walk wisely toward them that are not unto you, receive him,) yet come to the true knowledge of Christ.

11 And Jesus, which is call10 He saluteth them, and wisheth them all prosperity.

ed Justus, who are of the cirASTERS, give unto your cumcision. These only are my

servants that which is fellow workers unto the kingjust and equal; knowing that | dom of God, which have been ye also have a Master in hea- a comfort unto me.

12 Epaphras, who is one of 2 Continue in prayer, and you, a servant of Christ, sawatch in the same with thanks- | luteth you, always labouring giving;

fervently for you in prayers, 3 Withal praying also for us, that ye may stand perfect and that God would open unto us a complete in all the will of door of utterance, to speak the God. mystery of Christ, for which I 13 For I bear him record, that am also in bonds :

he hath a great zeal for you, 4 That I may make it mani. and them that are in Laodifest, as I ought to speak. cea, and them in Hierapolis.

5 Walk in wisdom toward 14 Luke, the beloved physi. them that are without, redeem- cian, and Demas, greet you. ing the time.

15 Salute the brethren which 6 Let your speech be always are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, with grace, seasoned with salt, and the church which is in his that ye may know how ye house. ought to answer every man. 16 And when this epistle is

7 All my state shall Tychi. read among you, cause that it cus declare unto you, who is a be read also in the church of beloved brother, and a faithful | the Laodiceans; and that ye


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