Paul an Apostle of Iesus Christ, by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,
2 To them which are at Colosse, Saintes and faithfull brethren in Christ: Grace
bee with you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lorde Iesus Christ.
3 We giue thankes to God euen ye Father of our Lord Iesus Christ, always praying
4 Since wee heard of your faith in Christ Iesus, and of your loue toward all
5 For the hopes sake, which is laide vp for you in heauen, whereof yee haue
heard before by the word of trueth, which is the Gospel,
6 Which is come vnto you, eue as it is vnto al the world, & is fruitful, as
it is also amog you, from ye day that ye heard & truly knew ye grace of God,
7 As yee also learned of Epaphras our deare fellowe seruaunt, which is for you a
faithfull minister of Christ:
8 Who hath also declared vnto vs your loue in the Spirit.
9 For this cause wee also, since the day wee heard of it, cease not to pray for
you, and to desire that ye might be fulfilled with knowledge of his will in all
wisdome, and spirituall vnderstanding,
10 That ye might walke worthy of the Lord, & please him in all things, being
fruitefull in all good workes, and increasing in the knowledge of God,
11 Strengthened with all might through his glorious power, vnto all patience,
and long suffering with ioyfulnesse,
12 Giuing thankes vnto the Father, which hath made vs meete to be partakers of
the inheritance of the Saintes in light,
13 Who hath deliuered vs from the power of darkenesse, and hath translated vs
into the kingdome of his deare Sonne,
14 In whome we haue redemption through his blood, that is, the forgiuenesse of
15 Who is the image of the inuisible God, the first begotten of euery creature.
16 For by him were all things created, which are in heauen, and which are in
earth, thinges visible and inuisible: whether they be Thrones or Dominions, or
Principalities, or Powers, all things were created by him, and for him,
17 And hee is before all things, and in him all things consist.
18 And hee is the head of the body of the Church: he is the beginning, and the
first begotten of the dead, that in all thinges hee might haue the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father, that in him should all fulnesse dwell,
20 And through peace made by that blood of that his crosse, to reconcile to
himselfe through him, through him, I say, all thinges, both which are in earth,
and which are in heauen.
21 And you which were in times past strangers and enemies, because your mindes
were set in euill workes, hath he nowe also reconciled,
22 In that body of his flesh through death, to make you holy, and vnblameable
and without fault in his sight,
23 If ye continue, grounded and stablished in the faith, & be not moued away
from the hope of the Gospel, whereof ye haue heard, and which hath bene preached
to euery creature which is vnder heauen, whereof I Paul am a minister.
24 Now reioyce I in my suffrings for you, and fulfill the rest of the
afflictions of Christ in my flesh, for his bodies sake, which is the Church,
25 Whereof I am a minister, according to the dispensation of God, which is giuen
mee vnto you ward, to fulfill the word of God,
26 Which is the mysterie hid since the world began, and from all ages, but nowe
is made manifest to his Saintes,
27 To whome God woulde make knowen what is the riches of his glorious mysterie
among the Gentiles, which riches is Christ in you, the hope of glory,
28 Whome we preache, admonishing euery man, & teaching euery man in all
wisdome, that we may present euery man perfect in Christ Iesus,
29 Whereunto I also labour & striue, according to his working which worketh
in me mightily.
1 For I woulde ye knewe what great fighting I haue for your sakes, and for them
of Laodicea, and for as many as haue not seene my person in the flesh,
2 That their heartes might be comforted, and they knit together in loue, and in
all riches of the full assurance of vnderstanding, to know the mysterie of God,
euen the Father, and of Christ:
3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisedome and knowledge.
4 And this I say, lest any man shoulde beguile you with entising wordes:
5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit,
reioycing & beholding your order, and your stedfast faith in Christ.
6 As ye haue therefore receiued Christ Iesus the Lord, so walke in him,
7 Rooted and built in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye haue bene taught,
abouding therein with thankesgiuing.
8 Beware lest there be any man that spoile you through philosophie, & vaine
deceit, through the traditions of men, according to the rudiments of the world,
and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulnesse of the Godhead bodily.
10 And yee are complete in him, which is the head of all principalitie and
11 In whome also yee are circumcised with circumcision made without handes, by
putting off the sinfull body of the flesh, through the circumcision of Christ,
12 In that yee are buried with him through baptisme, in whome ye are also raised
vp together through the faith of the operation of God, which raised him from the
13 And you which were dead in sinnes, and in the vncircumcision of your flesh,
hath he quickened together with him, forgiuing you all your trespasses,
14 And putting out the hand writing of ordinances that was against vs, which was
contrarie to vs, hee euen tooke it out of the way, and fastened it vpon the
15 And hath spoyled the Principalities, and Powers, & hath made a shew of
them openly, and hath triumphed ouer them in the same crosse.
16 Let no man therefore condemne you in meate and drinke, or in respect of an
holy day, or of the newe moone, or of the Sabbath dayes,
17 Which are but a shadowe of thinges to come: but the body is in Christ.
18 Let no man at his pleasure beare rule ouer you by humblenesse of minde, and
worshipping of Angels, aduauncing himselfe in those thinges which hee neuer sawe,
rashly puft vp with his fleshly minde,
19 And holdeth not the head, whereof all the body furnished and knit together by
ioyntes and bands, increaseth with the increasing of God.
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ fro the ordinances of the world, why, as
though ye liued in ye world, are ye burdened with traditions?
21 As, Touch not, Taste not, Handle not.
22 Which al perish with the vsing, and are after the commandements and doctrines
23 Which thinges haue in deede a shewe of wisdome, in voluntarie religion and
humblenesse of minde, and in not sparing the body, which are thinges of no
valewe, sith they perteine to the filling of the flesh.
1 If yee then bee risen with Christ, seeke those thinges which are aboue, where
Christ sitteth at the right hand of God.
2 Set your affections on things which are aboue, and not on things which are on
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4 When Christ which is our life, shall appeare, then shal ye also appeare with
him in glory.
5 Mortifie therefore your members which are on the earth, fornication,
vncleannes, the inordinate affection, euill concupiscence, and couetousnes which
6 For the which things sake ye wrath of God commeth on the children of
7 Wherein ye also walked once, when ye liued in them.
8 But now put ye away euen all these things, wrath, anger, maliciousnes, cursed
speaking, filthie speaking, out of your mouth.
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that yee haue put off the olde man with his
10 And haue put on the newe, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of
him that created him,
11 Where is neither Grecian nor Iewe, circumcision nor vncircumcision,
Barbarian, Scythian, bond, free: But Christ is all, and in all things.
12 Now therfore as the elect of God holy and beloued, put on the bowels of
mercies, kindnesse, humblenesse of minde, meekenesse, long suffering:
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiuing one another, if any man haue a quarel
to another: euen as Christ forgaue, euen so doe ye.
14 And aboue all these thinges put on loue, which is the bond of perfectnes.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which ye are called in
one body, and be ye thankfull.
16 Let the worde of Christ dwell in you plenteously in all wisdome, teaching and
admonishing your owne selues, in Psalmes, and hymnes, and spirituall songs,
singing with a grace in your hearts to the Lord.
17 And whatsoeuer ye shall doe, in worde or deede, doe all in the Name of the
Lorde Iesus, giuing thankes to God euen the Father by him.
18 Wiues, submit your selues vnto your husbands, as it is comely in the Lord.
19 Husbands, loue your wiues, and be not bitter vnto them.
20 Children, obey your parents in all thing for that is well pleasing vnto the
21 Fathers, prouoke not your children to anger, least they be discouraged.
22 Seruants, be obedient vnto them that are your masters according to the flesh,
in all things, not with eye seruice as men pleasers, but in singlenes of heart,
23 And whatsoeuer ye doe, doe it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men,
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receiue the reward of the inheritance: for
ye serue the Lord Christ.
25 But he that doeth wrong, shall receiue for the wrong that he hath done: and
there is no respect of persons.
1 Ye masters, doe vnto your seruants, that which is iust, and equall, knowing
that ye also haue a master in heauen.
2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the fame with thankesgiuing,
3 Praying also for vs, that God may open vnto vs the doore of vtterance, to
speake ye mysterie of Christ: wherefore I am also in bonds,
4 That I may vtter it, as it becommeth mee to speake.
5 Walke wisely towarde them that are without, and redeeme the season.
6 Let your speach be gracious alwayes, and powdred with salt, that ye may know
how to answere euery man.
7 Tychicus our beloued brother and faithfull minister, and fellow seruant in the
Lord, shall declare vnto you my whole state:
8 Whom I haue sent vnto you for the same purpose that he might know your state,
& might comfort your hearts,
9 With Onesimus a faithfull and a beloued brother, who is one of you. They shall
shew you of all things here.
10 Aristarchus my prison fellow saluteth you, and Marcus, Barnabas cousin
(touching whom ye receiued commandements. If he come vnto you, receiue him)
11 And Iesus which is called Iustus, which are of the circumcision. These onely
are my worke fellowes vnto the kingdome of God, which haue bene vnto my
12 Epaphras the seruant of Christ, which is one of you, saluteth you, and
alwayes striueth for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect, and full in all
the will of God.
13 For I beare him record, that he hath a great zeale for you, and for them of
, & them of
14 Luke the beloued physician greeteth you, and Demas.
15 Salute the brethren which are of
Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the Church which is in his house.
16 And when this Epistle is read of you, cause that it be read in the Church of
the Laodiceans also, and that ye likewise reade the Epistle written from
17 And say to Archippus, Take heede to the ministerie, that thou hast receiued
in the Lorde, that thou fulfill it.
18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bands. Grace be with you,
Amen. Written from
to the Colossians, and sent by Tychicus, and Onesimus.