Thomson(i) 1 For this cause, with regard to me Paul the prisoner of the Christ, Jesus, for you the nations; 2 inasmuch as you have heard of the dispensation of the favour of God granted to me for you; 3 that he hath by a revelation made known to me this secret [as I have briefly written above, 4 by the bare reading of which you may perceive my knowledge in this secret of the Christ, 5 which in former generations was not made known to the children of men as it hath now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the spirit,] 6 That the nations are coheirs, and a joint body, and joint partakers of that promise of his in the Christ by means of the gospel, 7 of which I was made a minister according to the free gift of God's favour which was granted to me; according to the energy of his power. 8 To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this favour was granted to proclaim among the nations the unsearchable riches of the Christ, 9 and to enlighten all men with respect to the dispensation of this secret, which God who created all things by Jesus Christ had hidden from the ages, 10 in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and the powers in the heavenly kingdom, by means of the congregation, 11 according to the predisposition of the ages which he made by Christ Jesus our Lord; 12 by whom we have this freedom of speech, and this access with confidence, by this belief in him; 13 therefore I pray you not to be dejected at these afflictions of mine for you. It is for your glory. 14 For this cause I bend my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 of whom the whole family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that he would, according to the riches of his glory, grant you to be strengthened by his spirit for the inner man, 17 that, by means of this belief, the Christ may dwell in your hearts; that you being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height, 19 and to know the love of the Christ which surpasseth that knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do infinitely above all that we can ask or conceive, according to that power which is operative in us 21 to him be the glory in the congregation, by Christ Jesus, through all the generations of the age of the ages. Amen.