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Colossians 1:8-18 (New American Standard)

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8 and he also informed us of your 1love in the Spirit. 9 For this reason also, 2since the day we heard of it, 3we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the a4knowledge of His will in all spiritual 5wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you will 6walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, b7to please Him in all respects, 8bearing fruit in every good work and cincreasing in the dknowledge of God; 11 9strengthened with all power, according to eHis glorious might, ffor the attaining of all steadfastness and gpatience; 10joyously 12 giving thanks to 11the Father, who has qualified us hto share in 12the inheritance of the isaints in 13Light.

The Incomparable Christ

13 jFor He rescued us from the k14domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of l15His beloved Son, 14 16in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 15 mHe is the 17image of the 18invisible God, the 19firstborn of all creation. 16 For n20by Him all things were created, 21both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether 22thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities -23all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He o24is before all things, and in Him all things phold together. 18 He is also 25head of 26the body, the church; and He is 27the beginning, 28the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
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