16 because by a him were created all things, b the things in the heavens and the things upon the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones, or lordships, or principalities, or authorities: all things c have been created by d him and for e him.

References for Colossians 1:16

    • h 1:16 - En. Lit. 'in him,' in the power of whose person. He was the one whose intrinsic power characterized the creation. It exists as his creature.
    • i 1:16 - Looked at as a whole: 'the all things,' as vers. 17,20; Eph. 3.9.
    • j 1:16 - See Note l ver. 16.
    • k 1:16 - Dia, the instrumental power.
    • l 1:16 - Eis, 'for.' These three prepositions, en, dia, eis, show Christ to be the characteristic power, the active instrument, and the end in creation.