1 Paul, by God's will an apostle of Christ Jesus, and brother Timotheus, 2 to the consecrated and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: grace and peace to you from God our Father. 3 We always thank the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ when we pray for you, 4 since we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all the saints, 5 due to the hope which is laid up for you in heaven. You heard of this hope originally in the message of the Truth, in that gospel 6 which has reached you as it spreads over all the world with fruit and increase. Such has been your life from the day you learned to know what God's grace really is. 7 You got that lesson from our beloved fellow-servant Epaphras, a minister of Christ who is faithful to your interests; 8 and it is he who has informed us of your love in the Spirit. 9 Hence, from the day we heard of it, we have never ceased to pray for you, asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and insight, 10 so that you may lead a life that is worthy of the Lord and give him entire satisfaction. May you be fruitful and increase in the doing of all good, as you thus know God! 11 May his glorious might nerve you with full power to endure and to be patient cheerfully, whatever comes, 12 thanking the Father who has qualified us to share the lot of the saints in the Light, 13 rescuing us from the power of the Darkness and transferring us to the realm of his beloved Son! 14 In him we enjoy our redemption, that is, the forgiveness of sins. 15 He is the likeness of the unseen God, born first before all the creation — 16 for it was by him that all things were created both in heaven and on earth, both the seen and the unseen, including Thrones, angelic Lords, celestial Powers and Rulers; all things have been created by him and for him; 17 he is prior to all, and all coheres in him. 18 Also, he is the head of the Body, that is, of the church, in virtue of his primacy as the first to be born from the dead — that gives him pre-eminence over all. 19 For it was in him that the divine Fulness willed to settle without limit, 20 and by him it willed to reconcile in his own person all on earth and in heaven alike, in a peace made by the blood of his cross. 21 Once you were estranged yourselves, your hearts hostile to him in evildoing; but now he has reconciled you by dying in his mortal body, 22 so as to set you consecrated and unblemished and irreproachable in his presence — 23 that is, if you adhere to the foundations and stability of the faith, instead of moving away from the hope you have learned in the gospel, that gospel which has been preached to every creature under heaven, and of which I Paul was made a minister. 24 I am suffering now on your behalf, but I rejoice in that; I would make up the full sum of all that Christ has to suffer in my person on behalf of the church, his Body; 25 for I am a minister of the church by the divine commission which has been granted me in your interests, to make a full presentation of God's message — 26 of that open secret which, though concealed from ages and generations of old, has now been disclosed to the saints of God. 27 It is His will that they should understand the glorious wealth which this secret holds for the Gentiles, in the fact of Christ's presence among you as your hope of glory. 28 This is the Christ we proclaim; we train everyone and teach everyone the full scope of this knowledge, in order to set everyone before God mature in Christ; 29 I labour for that end, striving for it with the divine energy which is a power within me.
Bible verses about "spiteful people" | Moffatt
1 My dear children, I am writing this to you that you may not sin; but if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father in Jesus Christ the just; 2 he is himself the propitiation for our sins, though not for ours alone but also for the whole world. 3 This is how we may be sure we know him, by obeying his commands. 4 He who says, 'I know him,' but does not obey his commands, is a liar and the truth is not in him; 5 but whoever obeys his word, in him love to God is really complete. This is how we may be sure we are in him: 6 he who says he 'remains in him' ought to live as he lived. 7 Beloved, I am not writing you any new command, but an old command which you have had from the very beginning: the old command is the word you have heard. 8 And yet it is a new command I am writing to you — realized in him and also in yourselves, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 9 He who says he is 'in the light' and hates his brother, is in darkness still. 10 He who loves his brother remains in the light — and in the light there is no pitfall; 11 but he who hates his brother is in darkness, he walks in darkness and does not know where he is going, for the darkness has blinded his eyes. 12 My dear children, I am writing to you, because your sins are forgiven for his sake: 13 fathers, I am writing to you, because you know him who is from the very beginning: young men, I am writing to you, because you have conquered the evil One. Children, I have written to you, because you know the Father: 14 fathers, I have written to you, because you know him who is from the very beginning: young men, I have written to you, because you are strong, and the word of God remains within you, and you have conquered the evil One. 15 Love not the world, nor yet what is in the world; if anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the proud glory of life, belongs not to the Father but to the world; 17 and the world is passing away with its desire, while he who does the will of God remains for ever. 18 Children, it is the last hour. You have learned that 'Antichrist is coming.' Well, but many antichrists have appeared — which makes us sure it is the last hour. 19 They withdrew from us, but they did not belong to us; had they belonged to us, they would have remained with us, but they withdrew to make it plain that they are none of us. 20 Now, you have been anointed by the holy One, and you all possess knowledge. 21 I am not writing to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and know that no lie has any connexion with the truth. 22 Who is the real liar? who but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is 'antichrist,' he who disowns the Father and the Son. 23 No one who disowns the Son can possess the Father: he who confesses the Son possesses the Father as well. 24 Let that remain in you which you learned from the very beginning; if what you learned from the very beginning remains with you, then you will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 Now this is what he has promised you, eternal life. 26 I am writing to you in this way about those who would deceive you, 27 but the unction you received from him remains within you, and you really need no teaching from anyone; simply remain in him, for his unction teaches you about everything and is true and is no lie — remain in him, as it has taught you to do. 28 Remain within him now, my dear children, so that when he appears we may have confidence, instead of shrinking from him in shame at his arrival. 29 As you know he is just, be sure that everyone who practises righteousness is born of him.
1 Well, my very first counsel is that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgiving, are to be offered for all men — 2 for kings and all in authority, that we may lead a tranquil life in all piety and gravity; 3 it is good to pray thus, it is acceptable to our Saviour, 4 to the God who desires all men to be saved and to attain the knowledge of the Truth. 5 For "there is one God" and "one intermediary between God and men, 6 the man Christ Jesus who gave himself as a ransom for all": — in due time this was attested, 7 and I was appointed to be its herald and apostle (I am not telling a lie, it is quite true), to teach the Gentiles faith and truth. 8 Now I want the men to offer prayer at any meeting of the church; and let the hands they lift to heaven be holy — they must be free from anger and dissension. 9 Women in turn are to dress modestly and quietly in seemly garb; they are not to adorn themselves with plaits of hair, with gold or pearls or expensive finery, 10 but with good deeds (as befits women who make a religious profession). 11 A woman must listen quietly in church and be perfectly submissive; 12 I allow no woman to teach or dictate to men, she must keep quiet. 13 For Adam was created first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, it was Eve who was deceived and who fell into sin. 15 However, women will get safely through childbirth if they continue to be faithful and loving and holy as well as unassuming.
1 James, a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: greeting. 2 Greet it as pure joy, my brothers, when you come across any sort of trial, 3 sure that the sterling temper of your faith produces endurance; 4 only, let your endurance be a finished product, so that you may be finished and complete, with never a defect. 5 Whoever of you is defective in wisdom, let him ask God who gives to all men without question or reproach, and the gift will be his. 6 Only, let him ask in faith, with never a doubt; for the doubtful man is like surge of the sea whirled and swayed by the wind; 7 that man need not imagine he will get anything from God, 8 double-minded creature that he is, wavering at every turn. 9 Let a brother of low position exult when he is raised; 10 but let one who is rich exult in being lowered; for the rich will pass away like the flower of the grass — 11 up comes the sun with the scorching wind and withers the grass, its flower drops off, and the splendour of it is ruined: so shall the rich fade away amid their pursuits. 12 Blessed is he who endures under trial; for when he has stood the test, he will gain the crown of life which is promised to all who love Him. 13 Let no one who is tried by temptation say, 'My temptation comes from God'; God is incapable of being tempted by evil and he tempts no one. 14 Everyone is tempted as he is beguiled and allured by his own desire; 15 then Desire conceives and breeds Sin, while Sin matures and gives birth to Death. 16 Make no mistake about this, my beloved brothers: 17 all we are given is good, and all our endowments are faultless, descending from above, from the Father of the heavenly lights, who knows no change of rising and setting, who casts no shadow on the earth. 18 It was his own will that we should be born by the Word of the truth, to be a kind of firstfruits among his creatures. 19 Be sure of that, my beloved brothers. Let everyone be quick to listen, slow to talk, slow to be angry — 20 for human anger does not promote divine righteousness; 21 so clear away all the foul rank growth of malice, and make a soil of modesty for the Word which roots itself inwardly with power to save your souls. 22 Act on the Word, instead of merely listening to it and deluding yourselves. 23 For whoever listens and does nothing, is like a man who glances at his natural face in a mirror; 24 he glances at himself, goes off, and at once forgets what he was like. 25 Whereas he who gazes into the faultless law of freedom and remains in that position, proving himself to be no forgetful listener but an active agent, he will be blessed in his activity. 26 Whoever considers he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own heart, his religion is futile. 27 Pure, unsoiled religion in the judgment of God the Father means this: to care for orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself from the stain of the world.
1 So off with all malice, all guile and insincerity and envy and slander of every kind! 2 Like newly-born children, thirst for the pure, spiritual milk to make you grow up to salvation. 3 You have had a taste of the kindness of the Lord: 4 come to him then — come to that living Stone which men have rejected and God holds choice and precious, 5 come and, like living stones yourselves, be built into a spiritual house, to form a consecrated priesthood for the offering of those spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For thus it stands in the scripture: Here I lay a Stone in Sion, a choice, a precious cornerstone: he who believes in him will never be disappointed. 7 Now you believe, you hold him 'precious,' but as for the unbelieving — the very stone the builders rejected is now the cornerstone, 8 a stone over which men stumble and a rock of offence; they stumble over it in their disobedience to God's word. Such is their appointed doom. 9 But you are the elect race, the royal priesthood, the consecrated nation, the People who belong to Him, that you may proclaim the wondrous deeds of Him who has called you from darkness to his wonderful light — 10 you who once were no people and now are God's people, you who once were unpitied and now are pitied. 11 Beloved, as sojourners and exiles I appeal to you to abstain from the passions of the flesh that wage war upon the soul. 12 Conduct yourselves properly before pagans; so that for all their slander of you as bad characters, they may come to glorify God when you are put upon your trial, by what they see of your good deeds. 13 Submit for the Lord's sake to any human authority; submit to the emperor as supreme, 14 and to governors as deputed by him for the punishment of wrongdoers and the encouragement of honest people — 15 for it is the will of God that by your honest lives you should silence the ignorant charges of foolish persons. 16 Live like free men, only do not make your freedom a pretext for misconduct; live like servants of God. 17 Do honour to all, love the brotherhood, reverence God, honour the emperor. 18 Servants, be submissive to your masters with perfect respect, not simply to those who are kind and reasonable but to the surly as well — 19 for it is a merit when from a sense of God one bears the pain of unjust suffering. 20 Where is the credit in standing punishment for having done wrong? No, if you stand suffering for having done right, that is what God counts a merit. 21 It is your vocation; for when Christ suffered for you, he left you an example, and you must follow his footsteps. 22 He committed no sin, no guile was ever found upon his lips; 23 he was reviled and made no retort, he suffered and never threatened, but left everything to Him who judges justly; 24 he bore our sins in his own body on the gibbet, that we might break with sin and live for righteousness; and by his wounds you have been healed. 25 You were astray like sheep, but you have come back now to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.