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          DASV: Colossians 1    

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and
Timothy our brother,
2 to the saints, the faithful brothers in Christ who are at
Colossae. Grace and peace to you from God our Father.

3 We always give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, when praying for you,
4 since we heard about your faith in Christ Jesus, and the
love which you have for all the saints,
5 which comes from the hope in what is laid up for you in heaven,
which you heard before in the word of truth, the gospel.
6 It has come to you; just as it is bearing fruit and growing
in all the world, as it does also in you, since the day you
heard and knew the grace of God in truth.
7 You learned the gospel from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant,
who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,
8 who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard about you,
never stopped praying for you, requesting that you may be filled
with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and
10 Then you may live a worthy life, pleasing to the Lord in every
way, bearing fruit in every good work, and growing in the
knowledge of God.
11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious
might, unto all patience and endurance with joy,
12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share
in the inheritance of the saints in light.
13 For he rescued us out of the power of darkness, and brought
us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over
all creation.
16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on the
earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions,
whether principalities or powers; all things have been
created by him and for him.
17 He is before all things, and all things are held together
in him.
18 He is the head of the body, the church, he is the beginning,
the firstborn from among the dead; so that in everything
he might have the first place.
19 For the Father was pleased that all his fullness should
dwell in him;
20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, by
making peace through his blood, shed on the cross, whether
things on earth or things in heaven.
21 You who were once alienated and enemies in your mind due
to your evil actions,
22 he has now reconciled you by the body of his flesh through
death, to present you holy, without blemish, and absolutely
free from accusation before him;
23 if you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast,
not moved away from the hope promised to you in the gospel
that you heard. This is the gospel which has been proclaimed
to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul,
have become a servant.

24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and fill up
my part that which is lacking in the sufferings of Christ
in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church.
25 I have become its servant since the time God commissioned
me, which was given me for you, to fulfill the word of God,
26 that is the mystery that has been hidden for ages and
generations, but now has been revealed to his saints.
27 God desired to make known to them the riches of the
glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ
in you, the hope of glory.
28 We proclaim him, warning and teaching everyone in all
wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
29 For this gospel I also labor, struggling with all his
power, which works mightily in me.

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