The Geneva Bible 1587 Edition
one of the most historically significant translations of the Bible into the English language,
preceding the King James translation by 51 years.
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1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the By the free bountifulness of God. will of God, and Timotheus [our] brother,
2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse is situated in Phrygia, not far from Hierapolis and Laodicea, on that side that faces toward Lycia and Pamphylia. Colosse: Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 He commends the doctrine that was delivered to them by Epaphras, and their readiness in receiving it. We give thanks to God and the We cannot otherwise think of God to be our salvation, except that he is Christ's Father, in whom we are adopted. Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
4 Since wee heard of your faith in Christ Iesus, and of your loue toward all Saintes,
5 For the For the glory that is hoped for. hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
6 Which is come vnto you, eue as it is vnto al the world, & is fruitful, as it is also amog you, from ye day that ye heard & truly knew ye grace of God,
7 As yee also learned of Epaphras our deare fellowe seruaunt, which is for you a faithfull minister of Christ:
8 He declares his good will towards them, telling them that they must not still remain at one place, but go on further both in the knowledge of the Gospel, and also in the true use of it. Who also declared unto us your love in the Your spiritual love, or your love which comes from the Spirit. Spirit.
9 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 God's will. his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 That ye might walke worthy of the Lord, & please him in all things, being fruitefull in all good workes, and increasing in the knowledge of God,
11 The gift of continuance is not from us, but it proceeds from the power of God, which he freely gives us. Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with It must not be unwilling, and as it were drawn out of us by force, but proceed from a merry and joyful mind. joyfulness;
12 Having ended the preface, he goes to the matter itself, that is to say, to an excellent description (although it is but short) of complete Christianity, which is fitly divided into three treatises: for first of all he expounds the true doctrine according to the order of the causes, beginning from this verse to (Col_1:12-21). And from there he begins to apply the same to the Colossians with various exhortations to (Colossians 1:22-2:6). And last of all in the third place, even to (Col. 2:6-23), he refutes the corruptions of true doctrine. Giving thanks unto the The efficient cause of our salvation is only the mercy of God the Father, who makes us fit to be partakers of eternal life, delivering us from the darkness in which we were born, and bringing us to the light of the knowledge of the glory of his Son. Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in In that glorious and heavenly kingdom. light:
13 Who hath deliuered vs from the power of darkenesse, and hath translated vs into the kingdome of his deare Sonne,
14 The matter itself of our salvation is Christ the Son of God, who has obtained remission of sins for us by the offering up of himself. In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins:
15 A graphic description of the person of Christ, by which we understand, that in him alone God shows himself to be seen: who was begotten of the Father before anything was made, that is, from everlasting. And by him also all things that are made, were made without any exception, by whom also they continue to exist, and whose glory they serve. Who is the image of the invisible God, Begotten before anything was made: and therefore the everlasting Son of the everlasting Father. the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] He sets forth the angels with glorious names, so that by the comparison of most excellent spirits, we may understand how far surpassing the excellency of Christ is, in whom alone we have to content ourselves with, and let go of all angels. thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And hee is before all things, and in him all things consist.
18 Having gloriously declared the excellent dignity of the person of Christ, he describes his office and function, that is, that he is the same to the Church as the head is to the body, that is to say, the prince and governor of it, and the very beginning of true life. And as he rose first from death, he is the author of eternal life, so that he is above all, in whom alone there is most plentiful abundance of all good things, which is poured out upon the Church. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the Who so rose again that he should die no more, and who raises others from death to life by his power. firstborn from the dead; that in all [things] he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased [the Father] that in him should Most plentiful abundance of all things pertaining to God. all fulness dwell;
20 Now he teaches how Christ executed that office which his Father gave and commanded to him, that is, by suffering the death of the cross (which was joined with the curse of God) according to his decree, that by this sacrifice he might reconcile to his Father all men, both those who believed in the Christ to come, and were already under this hope gathered into heaven, as well as those who should upon the earth believe in him afterwards. And in this way justification is described by the apostle, which is one and the chiefest part of the benefit of Christ. And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile The whole Church. all things unto himself; by him, [I say], whether [they be] things in earth, or things in heaven.
21 Sanctification is another work of God in us by Christ, in that that he restored us (who hated God extremely and were wholly and willingly given to sin) to his gracious favour in such a way that he in addition purifies us with his Holy Spirit, and consecrates us to righteousness. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in [your] mind by wicked works, yet now hath The Son. he reconciled
22 In the body of his In that fleshly body, to show us that his body was not an unreal body, but a real one. flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
23 The second treatise of this part of the epistle, in which he exhorts the Colossians not to allow themselves by any means to be moved from this doctrine, showing and declaring that there is nowhere else any other true Gospel. If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and [be] not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, [and] which was preached to To all men: by which we learn that the Gospel was not confined to Judea alone. every creature which is under heaven; He gains authority for this doctrine by his apostleship, and takes a most sure proof of it, that is, his afflictions, which he suffers for Christ's name, to instruct the Churches with these examples of patience. whereof I Paul am made a minister;
24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for For our profit and benefit. you, and fill up The afflictions of the Church are said to be Christ's afflictions, by reason of that fellowship and knitting together that the body and the head have with one another. And this is not because there is any more need to have the Church redeemed, but because Christ shows his power in the daily weakness of his own, and that for the comfort of the whole body. that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:
25 He brings another proof of his apostleship, that is, that God is the author of it, by whom also he was appointed especially as apostle for the Gentiles, to the end that by this means, that same might be fulfilled by him, which the Prophets foretold concerning the calling of the Gentiles. Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
26 [Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his Whom he chose to sanctify to himself in Christ. Moreover, he says that the mystery of our redemption was hidden since the world began, except that it was revealed to a few, who also were taught it extraordinarily. saints:
27 To whom God In this way Paul restrains the curiosity of men. would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
28 He protests that he faithfully executes his apostleship in every place, bringing men to Christ only through the Lord's plentiful blessing of his labours. Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in Perfect and sound wisdom, which is perfect in itself, and will in the end make those perfect who follow it. all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
29 Whereunto I also labour & striue, according to his working which worketh in me mightily.Presented by The Common Man's Prospective. Copyright© 1999-2012 Ernest C. Marsh