Whiston(i) 1 Paul as apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, and Timothy [our] brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ Jesus, who are at Colosse: Grace [be] unto you, and peace from God our Father. 3 We give thanks to God 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 saits; 5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye have already heard 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, and increaseth, as also in you, since the day ye heard [it], and have acknowledged the grace of God in truth. 7 As ye learned of Epaphras our dear fellow-servant, who is for us a faithful minister of Christ; 8 Who also hath 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 long-suffering with joyfulness; 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, who hath called us 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 the redemption of sins. 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of the whole creation. 16 For by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether 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 first-born from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence, 19 For in him all the fulness was pleased to dwell. 20 And having made peace through his cross to reconcile all things unto himself, whether things upon earth or things in heaven. 21 And you that were sometime alienated, and enemies of his 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, which was preached to all the creation that is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister. 24 Who now rejoice in sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh, for his body's sake, who is the church: 25 Whereof I am made a minister according to the dispensation of God, which is given to me for you, fully to preach the word of God; 26 The mystery which hath been hid from ages, and from generations, but now made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known 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 them in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ. 29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.