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Colossians 1:18 DBY

18 And *he* is the head of the body, the assembly; who is [the] beginning, firstborn from among the dead, that *he* might have the first place in all things:

Study tools for Colossians 1:18

  • a 1:3 - Or omit [when]. Ver. 9 proves this to be probably the true sense.
  • b 1:6 - Or 'ye heard and knew.'
  • c 1:7 - Or 'servant,' diakonos.
  • d 1:9 - Pleroo, as in v. 25 ('complete'); ch. 2.10 ('complete'); and ch. 4.17 ('fulfil').
  • e 1:10 - Epignosis, i.e. 'full knowledge,' as chs. 2.2; 3.10; Matt. 11.27; Eph. 1.17.
  • f 1:12 - See Note, Acts 26.18.
  • g 1:15 - See Note h, ver. 23.
  • 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.
  • m 1:19 - I add '[of the Godhead]' from ch. 2.9, as it makes the 'it' in vers. 21, 22 seem less harsh.
  • n 1:22 - Dia, the instrumental power.
  • o 1:22 - i.e. 'the fulness,' ver. 19.
  • p 1:22 - 'One against whom no charge can be brought,' as Tit. 1.6,7.
  • q 1:23 - Or 'in faith,' that is, full assurance of heart in the gospel.
  • r 1:23 - The word is used either of 'the creation,' or abstractly of 'the creature' as such; once for 'institution,' 1Pet. 2.13. Thus, in ver. 15, it is not of each individual as such, but of everything called 'creation' in its nature: see Heb. 9.11.
  • s 1:24 - This refers to what lacked as yet; not to Paul taking 'his turn' as a person, in what is yet lacking.
  • t 1:25 - Or, 'economy,' as 'administration' in 1Cor. 9.17; Eph. 1.10; 3.2,9; 'dispensation,' 1Tim. 1.4; and 'stewardship,' Luke 16.2,3,4.
  • u 1:25 - See Note e, ch. 1.9, also Note, Matt. 5.17.