Paul an Apostle of Iesu Chryst by the wyll of God, and brother Timotheus.
2 To the saynctes which are at Colossa, and brethren that beleue in Chryst.
Grace be vnto you and peace from God oure father, & from the Lorde Iesu
3 We geue thankes to God the father of oure Lorde Iesus Christ alwayes for you
in oure prayers.
4 For we haue hearde of your fayth in Christ Iesu, and of the loue which ye
beare to all saynctes,
5 for şe hopes sake which is layd vp in store for you in heauen, of which hope,
ye herde before by the true worde of the Gospell,
6 which is come vnto you: euen as it, is frutefull as it is also amonge you,
from the daye in the which ye hearde of it, and had experience in the grace of
God thorowe the trueth,
7 as ye learned of Epaphra oure deare felowe seruaunt, which is for you a
faythfull minister of Chryst,
8 which also declared vnto vs youre loue which ye haue in the sprete.
9 For this cause we also, sence şt daye we herde of it, haue not ceasyd to
praye for you, and to desyre, that ye myght be fulfylled with the knowledge of
hys wyll, in all wysdome and spretuall vnderstandynge,
10 şt ye myght walke worthy of the Lorde that in all thinges ye maye please
beynge frutefull in all good workes, and encreasynge in the knowledge of God,
11 strengthed with all myght, thorowe hys glorious power, vnto all pacience and
longe sufferynge with ioyfulnes
12 geuynge thankes vnto the father, which hath made vs mete to be partakers of
the inheritaunce of saynctes in lyght,
13 Which hath delyuered vs from the power of derknes, and hath translated vs
into the kyngdome of hys dere sone
14 by whom we haue redempcion thorowe his bloude euen şe forgeuenes of sinnes
15 which is şe ymage of şe inuisyble God, fyrst begotten of all creatures.
16 For by him were all thynges created, that are in heuen, and that are in erth:
visyble and inuisyble, whether they be maieste or lorde shyppe, ether rule or
power. All thynges were creatyd by hym and for hym,
17 & he is before all thynges, and by him all thynges haue theyr beynge.
18 And he is the heed of the body, euen of the congregacyon: he is the
begynnynge and fyrst begotten of the deed, that in all thynges he myght haue the
19 For it pleased the father, that in him shulde all fulnes dwell,
20 and by him to reconcyle all thinge vnto him selfe, and to set at peace by hym
thorowe şe bloude of hys crosse, both thynges in heauen and thinges in erth.
21 And you which were somtyme farre of and enemyes, because youre myndes were
set in euyll worckes hath he nowe yet reconcyled
22 in şe body of hys flesshe thorowe deeth, to make you holy, and vnblameable,
& without faut in hys awne syght,
23 yf ye contynue grounded and stablysshed in the fayth, and be not moued awaye
from the hope of the Gospell, wherof ye haue herde, howe that it is preached
amonge all creatures which are vnder heauen, wherof I Paul am made a mynyster.
24 Nowe ioye I in my sufferinges for you and fulfyll that which is behynde of
the passyons of Christ in my flesshe, for hys bodies sake, which is the
25 wherof I am made a mynister, accordynge to the ordinaunce of God, which
ordinaunce was geuen me vnto you warde to fullfyll the worde of God,
26 that mistery which hath bene hyd sence the worlde beganne, and sence the
begynnynge of generacyons: but nowe is opened to his saynctes,
27 to whom God wolde make knowen what the gloryous ryches of thys mystery is
amonge the Gentyls, which ryches is Chryst in you, the hope of glory,
28 whom we preache, warnynge all men, and teachynge all men in all wysdome, to
make all men parfecte in Christ Iesu.
29 Wherin I also laboure and stryue, euen as farforth as his strength worketh in
For I wolde that ye knewe howe greate care that I haue for you and for them that
are at Laodicia, and for as many as haue not sene my parson in the flessh,
2 that theyr hertes myght be comforted whan they are knet together in loue, and
in all ryches of full vnderstandynge, for to knowe the mistery of God the
father, and of Chryst,
3 in whom are hyd all the treasures of wysdome and knowledge.
4 Thys I saye, lest eny man shulde begyle you wt entysynge wordes.
5 For though I be absent in the flesshe, yet am I with you in the sprete,
ioyinge and beholdynge youre order, and youre sted fast fayth in Chryst
6 As ye haue therfore receaued Christ Iesu şe Lorde euen so walke ye in hym,
7 so that ye be rotyd and buylte in hym, and stablysshed thorow fayth, as ye
haue learned: and therin be plenteous with geuynge thankes.
8 Beware, lest eny man spoyle you thorowe philosophy and disceatfull vanitie,
after the tradicyon of men, and after the ordinaunces of the worlde, & not
9 For in hym dwelleth all şe fulnes of the God heed bodely,
10 and ye are complete in him: which is the heed of all rule and power,
11 by whom also ye are circumcised with circumcisyon which is done with out
handes, for asmoche as ye haue put of the synfull body of şe flesshe thorowe
the circumcisyon that is in Christ,
12 in that ye are buried with hym thorowe bapti me, in whom ye are also rysen
agayne thorowe fayth, that is wrought by the operacyon of God which raysed him
13 And ye whan ye weare deed thorowe synne and thorowe the vncircumcisyon of
youre flesshe, hath he quyckned with him, and hath forgeuen vs all oure
14 and hath put out şe hande wrytynge that was agaynst vs, contayned in the
lawe written: and that hath he taken out of the waye, and hath fastened it to
15 and hath spoyled rule and power, and hath made a shewe of them openly, and
hath triumphed ouer them in his awne person.
16 Let no man therfore trouble youre consience aboute meate and dryncke or for a
pece of an holy daye, or of the newe mone, or of şe Sabboth dayes,
17 which are shaddowes of thinges to come: but the body is in Chryst.
18 Let no man make you shote at a wronge marke, by the humblenes and holynes of
angels, in the thynges which he neuer sawe, beynge causelesse puft vp with his
19 & holdeth not the heed, wherof all the body by ioyntes and couples
receaueth norisshment & is knet together, and encreaseth with the
increasynge that commeth of God.
20 Wherfore, yf ye be deed with Chryst from şe ordinaunces of şe worlde, why
as though ye yet lyued in the worlde, are ye led with tradicions?
21 Touch not, tast not, handell not:
22 which all perisshe thorowe şe very abuse: after the commaundmentes and
doctrynes of men:
23 which thynges out wardly haue the similitude of wysdome by supersticion and
humblenes of mynde, and by hurtynge of the body, and in şt they do the flesshe
no worshyppe vnto the nede therof.
If ye be then rysen agayne with Chryst, seke those thynges which are aboue,
where Chryst sytteth on the ryght hande of God.
2 Set youre affeccyon on heauenly thynges, and not on erthye thynges.
3 For ye are deed, and youre lyfe is hyd with Chryst in God.
4 Whensoeuer Chryst (which is oure lyfe) shall shewe hym selfe, then shall ye
also appeare with hym in glory.
5 Mortifye therfore youre erthy membres: fornicacyon, vnclennes, vnnaturall
lust, euyll concupiscence, and coueteousnes, which is worshyppynge of ydoles:
6 for which thynges sake the wrath of God vseth to come on the disobedyent
7 amonge whom ye walked somtyme, when ye lyued in them.
8 But nowe put ye also awaye from you all soch thinges: wrath, fearnes,
maliciousnes, cursed speakynge, fylthy communicacyon out of your mouth.
9 Lye not one to another, seing that ye haue put of the olde man with hys workes,
10 and haue put on the newe man which is renued into the knowledge & ymage
of him that made hym,
11 where is nether Gentyle nor Iewe, circumcisyon nor vncircumcisyon, Barbarous
or Sythian, bonde or fre: but Christ is all in all thinges.
12 Therfore as electe of God, holy & beloued, put on tender mercye, kyndnes,
humblenes of mynde, mekenes, longe suffrynge,
13 for bearynge one another, & forgeuynge one another, yf any man haue a
quarell agaynst another: as Christ forgaue you, euen so do ye.
14 Aboue all these thinges put on loue which is the bonde of perfectnes.
15 And the peace of God rule in youre hertes: to the which peace ye are called
in one body. And se that ye be thankfull.
16 Let the worde of Chryst dwell in you plenteously with all wysdome. Teache and
exhorte youre awne selues, in Psalmes, and hymnes, and spirituall songes
syngynge with grace in youre hertes to şe Lorde
17 And whatsouer ye do (in worde or dede) do all in the name of the Lord Iesu,
geuynge thankes to God the father by hym.
18 Ye wyues, submyt youre selues vnto youre awne husbandes, as it is comly in
19 Ye husbandes, loue youre wyues and be not bytter vnto them.
20 Ye chyldren, obey youre fathers and mothers in all thinges, for that is well
pleasynge vnto the Lorde.
21 Ye fathers, prouoke not youre chyldren, lest they be of a desperate mynde.
22 Ye seruauntes be obedient vnto them that are youre bodyly masters in all
thinges: not with eye seruice as men pleasers, but in synglenes of herte,
23 And whatsoeuer ye do, do it hertely, as, though ye dyd it to the Lord, and
not vnto men:
24 knowynge, şt of the Lord ye shall receaue the rewarde of inheritaunce, for
ye serue the Lorde Christ.
25 But he şt doth synne, shall receaue for hys synne. Nether is ther any
respect of persones.
Masters, do vnto youre seruauntes that which is iust and equall knowynge, that
ye also haue a master in heauen.
2 Continue in prayer, & watch in the same with thankes geuynge,
3 prayenge also for vs that God maye open vnto vs the dore of vtteraunce, that
we maye speake the mystery of Christ (wherfore I am also in bondes)
4 that I maye vtter it, as it becommeth me to speake.
5 Walke wysely towarde them that are without, and lose no oportunite.
6 Let youre speache be alwayes well sauored & powdred with salt, that ye
maye knowe, howe ye ought to answer euery man.
7 Of all my busynes shal ye be certified by Tichicus, the beloued brother and
faythful mynyster and felowe seruaunt in the Lord,
8 whom I haue sent vnto you for the same purpose, that he myght knowe whath ye
do, & that he myght comfort youre hertes,
9 wyth one Onesymus a faythfull and beloued brother, which is one of you. They
shall shewe you of all thynges, which area doinge here.
10 Aristarchus my preson felowe saluteth you, and Marcus Barnabas systers sonne:
touchynge whom, ye receaued commaundementes. If he come vnto you, receaue hym:
11 and Iesus which is called Iustus, whych are of the circumcisyon. These only
are my worke felowes vnto şe kyngdome of God, which haue bene vnto my
12 Epaphras the seruaunt of Chryst, (which is one of you) saluteth you, and all
wayes laboureth feruently for you in prayers, that ye maye stande perfect and
full, in all şe wyll of God.
13 For I beare hym recorde, that he hath a feruent mynde for you and them that
are of Laodicia and them that are of
14 Deare Lucas the Phisycion greteth you, and Demas.
15 Salute the brethren whych are of Laodicia, and salute Nymphas, and the
congregacyon, whych is in hys house,
16 And when the Epystle is reed of you, make that it be reed also in the
congregacyon of the Laodicians: and that ye lykewyse reade the Epistle of
17 And saye to Archyppus: take hede to the offyce that thou hast receaued in the
Lord, that thou fulfill it.
18 The salutacion by the hande of me Paul Remember my bondes, the grace be wyth