Colossians 1:4; Colossians 1:7-9; Colossians 1:24; Colossians 2:1; Colossians 2:5; Colossians 2:13; Colossians 3:3; Colossians 3:5; Colossians 3:8; Colossians 3:15-16; Colossians 3:21; Colossians 4:6; Colossians 4:8-9; Colossians 4:12-13; Colossians 4:18
Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,
As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
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;
Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:
For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
For ye are dead , and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged .
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts;
With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.
Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
For I bear him record , that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.
The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen . [Written from Rome to Colossians by Tychicus and Onesimus.]