Col 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,

Col 1:1 Paul,3972 an apostle652 of Jesus2424 Christ5547 by1223 the will2307 of God,2316 and2532 Timothy5095 our brother,80





Col 1:2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Col 1:2 To the3588 saints40 and2532 faithful4103 brethren80 in1722 Christ5547 which are at1722 Colosse:2857 Grace5485 be unto you,5213 and2532 peace,1515 from575 God2316 our2257 Father3962 and2532 the Lord2962 Jesus2424 Christ.5547




ko¯ -los´e¯ ( ssa ´, Kolossai´, “punishment”; the King James Version Colosse): A city of Phrygia on the Lycus River, one of the branches of the Meander, and 3 miles from Mt. Cadmus, 8, 013 ft. high. It stood at the head of a gorge where the two streams unite, and on the great highway traversing the country from Ephesus to the Euphrates valley, 13 miles from Hierapolis and 10 from Laodicea. Its history is chiefly associated with that of these two cities. Early, according to both Herodotus and Xenophon, it was a place of great importance. There Xerxes stopped 481 bc (Herodotus vii.30) and Cyrus the Younger marched 401 bc (Xen. Anab. i.2, 6). From Col_2:1 it is not likely that Paul visited the place in person; but its Christianization was due to the efforts of Epaphras and Timothy (Col_1:1, Col_1:7), and it was the home of Philemon and Epaphras. That a church was established there early is evident from Col_4:12, Col_4:13; Rev_1:11; Rev_3:14. As the neighboring cities, Hierapolis and Laodicea, increased in importance, Colosse declined. There were many Jews living there, and a chief article of commerce, for which the place was renowned, was the collossinus, a peculiar wool, probably of a purple color. In religion the people were specially lax, worshipping angels. Of them, Michael was the chief, and the protecting saint of the city. It is said that once he appeared to the people, saving the city in time of a flood. It was this belief in angels which called forth Paul's epistle (Col_2:18). During the 7th and 8th centuries the place was overrun by the Saracens; in the 12th century the church was destroyed by the Turks and the city disappeared. Its site was explored by Mr. Hamilton. The ruins of the church, the stone foundation of a large theater, and a necropolis with stones of a peculiar shape are still to be seen. During the Middle Ages the place bore the name of Chonae; it is now called Chonas.

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peace (from God)

Col 1:3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

Col 1:3 We give thanks2168 to God2316 and2532 the Father3962 of our2257 Lord2962 Jesus2424 Christ,5547 praying4336 always3842 for4012 you,5216

give thanks - From G2170; to be grateful, that is, (actually) to express gratitude (towards);

praying - From G4314 and G2172; to pray (express our wishes, our heart) to God, that is, supplicate, worship

always - From G3956 and G3753; every when, that is, at all times:

Col 1:4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,

Col 1:4 Since we heard191 of your5216 faith4102 in1722 Christ5547 Jesus,2424 and2532 of the3588 love26 which ye(3588) have to1519 all3956 the3588 saints.40


love - From G25; love, that is, affection or benevolence; specifically (plural) a love feast:
      G25 Perhaps from a ´ a agan (much; or compare [H5689]); to love (in a social or moral sense):

Col 1:5 For1223 the3588 hope1680 which is laid up606 for you5213 in1722 heaven,3772 whereof3739 ye heard before4257 in1722 the3588 word3056 of the3588 truth225 of the3588 gospel;2098

hope -

Frome ´ p elpo¯ which is a primary word (to anticipate, usually with pleasure); expectation (abstract or concrete) or confidence:

laid - From G575 and G2749; to be reserved; figuratively to await:


Ye heard before - From G4253 and G191; to hear already, that is, anticipate:

in the word

of the truth -

of the gospel

Col 1:6 Which is come3918 unto1519 you,5209 as2531 it(2532) is in1722 all3956 the3588 world;2889 and2532, (2076) bringeth forth fruit,2592 as2531 it doth also2532 in1722 you,5213 since575 the(3739) day2250 ye heard191 of it, and2532 knew1921 the3588 grace5485 of God2316 in1722 truth:225


world   kos'-mos
Probably from the base of G2865; orderly arrangement, that is, decoration; by implication the world (in a wide or narrow sense, including its inhabitants, literally or figuratively [morally]):


bring forth fruit  karpophoreo¯
From G2593; to be fertile (literally or figuratively): To bear or carry fruit

truth  from 1 (as a negative particle) and 2990; true (as not concealing): 227 alethes,

Col 1:7 As2531 ye also2532 learned3129 of575 Epaphras1889 our2257 dear27 fellow servant,4889 who3739 is2076 for5228 you5216 a faithful4103 minister1249 of Christ;5547

ep´a-fras ( paf a , Epaphra´s): A contracted form of Epaphroditus. He must not, however, be confounded with the messenger of the Philippian community. He was with Paul during a part of his 1st Roman imprisonment, joining in Paul's greetings to Philemon (Phm_1:23). Epaphras was the missionary by whose instrumentality the Colossians had been converted to Christianity (Col_1:7), and probably the other churches of the Lycus had been founded by him. In sending his salutation to the Colossians Paul testified, “He hath much labor for you, and for them in Laodicea, and for them in Hierapolis” (Col_4:13). Epaphras had brought to Paul good news of the progress of the gospel, of their “faith in Christ Jesus” and of their love toward all the saints (Col_1:4). Paul's regard for him is shown by his designating him “our beloved fellow-servant,” “a faithful minister of Christ” (Col_1:7), and “a bondservant of Christ Jesus” (Col_4:12 margin) . The last designation Paul uses several times of himself, but only once of another besides Epaphras (Phi_1:1). ISBE

learn -

Epaphras - It appears that this is a name that is the contraction of Epaphraditus,

fellow servant - from 4862 and 1401; a co-slave, i.e. servitor or ministrant of the same master (human or divine):--fellowservant.

faithful - from 3982; objectively, trustworthy; subjectively, trustful:

minister -   probably from an obsolete diako (to run on errands; compare 1377); an attendant, i.e. (genitive case) a waiter (at table or in other menial duties); specially, a Christian teacher and pastor (technically, a deacon or deaconess):

Col 1:8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.

Col 1:8 Who3588 also2532 declared1213 unto us2254 your5216 love26 in1722 the Spirit.4151

declared - make plain

Col 1:9 ¶ 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;

Col 1:9 For1223 this cause5124 we2249 also,2532 since575 the(3739) day2250 we heard191 it, do not3756 cease3973 to pray4336 for5228 you,5216 and2532 to desire154 that2443 ye might be filled4137 with the3588 knowledge1922 of his846 will2307 in1722 all3956 wisdom4678 and2532 spiritual4152 understanding;4907

we -nominative plural of 1473; we (only used when emphatic):

be filled - from 4134; to make replete, i.e. (literally) to cram (a net), level up (a hollow), or (figuratively) to furnish (or imbue, diffuse, influence), satisfy, execute (an office), finish (a period or task), verify (or coincide with a prediction), etc.:

with the knowledge - from 1921; recognition, i.e. (by implication) full discernment, acknowledgement:

will - from the prolonged form of 2309; a determination (properly, the thing), i.e. (actively) choice (specially, purpose, decree; abstractly, volition) or (passively) inclination:

wisdom 4678 -

spiritual understanding -  

Col 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Col 1:11 Strengthened1412 with1722 all3956 might,1411 according2596 to his846 glorious1391 power,2904 unto1519 all3956 patience5281 and2532 longsuffering3115 with3326 joyfulness;5479

Col 1:12 Giving thanks2168 unto the3588 Father,3962 which hath made us meet2427, 2248 to be partakers1519, 3310 of the3588 inheritance2819 of the3588 saints40 in1722 light:5457

Col 1:13 Who3739 hath delivered4506 us2248 from1537 the3588 power1849 of darkness,4655 and2532 hath translated3179 us into1519 the3588 kingdom932 of his848 dear26 Son:5207

Col 1:14 In1722 whom3739 we have2192 redemption629 through1223 his846 blood,129 even the3588 forgiveness859 of sins:266

Col 1:15 Who3739 is2076 the image1504 of the3588 invisible517 God,2316 the firstborn4416 of every3956 creature:2937

Col 1:16 For3754 by1722 him846 were all things3956 created,2936 that3588 are in1722 heaven,3772 and2532 that3588 are in1909 earth,1093 visible3707 and2532 invisible,517 whether1535 they be thrones,2362 or1535 dominions,2963 or1535 principalities,746 or1535 powers:1849 all things3956 were created2936 by1223 him,846 and2532 for1519 him:846

Col 1:17 And2532 he846 is2076 before4253 all things,3956 and2532 by1722 him846 all things3956 consist.4921

Col 1:18 And2532 he846 is2076 the3588 head2776 of the3588 body,4983 the3588 church:1577 who3739 is2076 the beginning,746 the firstborn4416 from1537 the3588 dead;3498 that2443 in1722 all3956 things he846 might have1096 the preeminence.4409

Col 1:19 For3754 it pleased2106 the Father that in1722 him846 should all3956 fullness4138 dwell;2730

Col 1:20 And,2532 having made peace1517 through1223 the3588 blood129 of his846 cross,4716 by1223 him846 to reconcile604 all things3956 unto1519 himself;848 by1223 him,846 I say, whether1535 they be things3588 in1909 earth,1093 or1535 things3588 in1722 heaven.3772

Col 1:21 And2532 you,5209 that were5607 sometime4218 alienated526 and2532 enemies2190 in your mind1271 by1722 wicked4190 works,2041 yet1161 now3570 hath he reconciled604

Col 1:22 In1722 the3588 body4983 of his848 flesh4561 through1223 death,2288 to present3936 you5209 holy40 and2532 unblamable299 and2532 unreprovable410 in his sight:2714, 848

Col 1:23 If1489 ye continue1961 in the3588 faith4102 grounded2311 and2532 settled,1476 and2532 be not3361 moved away3334 from575 the3588 hope1680 of the3588 gospel,2098 which3739 ye have heard,191 and which was preached2784 to1722 every3956 creature2937 which3588 is under5259 heaven;3772 whereof3739 I1473 Paul3972 am made1096 a minister;1249

Col 1:24 Who3739 now3568 rejoice5463 in1722 my3450 sufferings3804 for5228 you,5216 and2532 fill up466 that which is behind5303 of the3588 afflictions2347 of Christ5547 in1722 my3450 flesh4561 for his body's sake,5228, 846, 4983 which is3603 the3588 church:1577

Col 1:25 Whereof3739 I1473 am made1096 a minister,1249 according2596 to the3588 dispensation3622 of God2316 which is given1325 to me3427 for1519 you,5209 to fulfill4137 the3588 word3056 of God;2316

Col 1:26 Even the3588 mystery3466 which hath been hid613 from575 ages165 and2532 from575 generations,1074 but1161 now3570 is made manifest5319 to his846 saints:40

Col 1:27 To whom3739 God2316 would2309 make known1107 what5101 is the3588 riches4149 of the3588 glory1391 of this5127 mystery3466 among1722 the3588 Gentiles;1484 which3739 is2076 Christ5547 in1722 you,5213 the3588 hope1680 of glory:1391

Col 1:28 Whom3739 we2249 preach,2605 warning3560 every3956 man,444 and2532 teaching1321 every3956 man444 in1722 all3956 wisdom;4678 that2443 we may present3936 every3956 man444 perfect5046 in1722 Christ5547 Jesus:2424