ALT(i) 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by [the] will of God, and Timothy the brother, 2 To the holy ones [or, saints, and throughout epistle] and faithful brothers [and sisters] in Christ in Colosse: Grace to youp and peace from God our Father and [the] Lord Jesus Christ! 3 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, always praying for youp, 4 having heard of yourp faith in Christ Jesus and the love [which youp have] towards all the holy ones, 5 because of the hope [or, confident expectation], the one laid up for youp in the heavens, which youp heard of before in the word of the truth of the Gospel, 6 coming to youp, just as also in all the world, and is bearing fruit {and growing}, just as [it is] also in youp, from [the] day which youp heard and knew the grace of God in truth; 7 just as youp also learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow-slave, who is a faithful [or, trustworthy] servant of Christ on yourp behalf, 8 the one having also declared [or, made clear] to us yourp love in the Spirit. 9 For this reason, we also, from [the] day which we heard, do not cease from praying on yourp behalf and asking that youp be filled with the full [or, true] knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding [or, insight], 10 [in order for] youp to walk about [fig., conduct yourselves] in a manner worthy of the Lord to please [Him] in all [respects], bearing fruit [fig., being effective] in every good work and increasing in the full [or, true] knowledge of God, 11 being empowered with all power according to the might of His glory, for all perseverance and patience, with joy. 12 Giving thanks to the Father, the One having qualified us for the portion of [or, to share in] the inheritance of the holy ones in the light, 13 who rescued us out of the dominion of the darkness and transferred [us] into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption {through His blood}, the forgiveness of sins, 15 who is [the] image of the invisible God, first-born of [fig., existing before] all creation, 16 because by Him all [things] were created, the [ones] in the heavens and the [ones] on the earth, the visible [things] and the invisible [things], whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all such things have been created through Him and for Him, 17 and He is before all [things] and all [things] are held together by Him. 18 And He is the head of the body, the Assembly [or, Church, and throughout epistle]; who is [the] beginning, [the] first-born from the dead, so that He shall be having preeminence in all [things], 19 because in Him all the fullness [of the Godhead] was pleased to dwell, 20 and through Him to reconcile all [things] to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross, through Him, whether the [things] on the earth or the [things] in the heavens. 21 And youp at one time having been alienated and enemies in the mind by yourp evil works, yet now He reconciled [youp] 22 in the body of His flesh through His death, to present youp holy and unblemished [fig., without fault] and free from reproach before Him, 23 since indeed youp are continuing in the faith, having been firmly established and steadfast, and are not being shifted away from the hope [or, confident expectation] of the Gospel which youp heard, the one having been preached in all the creation under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a servant. 24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings on yourp behalf, and I am filling up [or, completing] the [things] lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His body, which is the Assembly, 25 of which I became a servant [or, minister] according to the stewardship of God, the one having been given to me for youp, to fulfill the word of God, 26 the secret [or, mystery, and throughout book], the one having been hidden from the ages and from the generations, but now was revealed to His holy ones, 27 to whom God willed to make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this secret among the nations [or, the Gentiles], who is Christ in youp, the hope [or, confident expectation] of glory; 28 whom we proclaim, warning every person and teaching every person in [or, with] all wisdom, so that we shall present every person perfect [or, complete] in Christ Jesus, 29 for which also I labor, striving according to His supernatural working, the one supernaturally working in me in power.