Ephesians Chapter 1

New Testament / Epistle to the Ephesians / Chapter 1

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3-6 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ, according to as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love, having predestinated us to the adoption as children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved.

7-12 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace, in which he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself, that in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in him. In whom we have also obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will, that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

13-14 In whom you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, after that you believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of his glory.

15-21 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love for all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what the hope of his calling is, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this world but also in that which is to come.

22-23 And he has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that fills all in all.

Ephesians Chapter 2

Ephesians Chapter 2

New Testament / Epistle to the Ephesians / Chapter 2

1-3 And you, he has made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, which in times past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience, among whom also we once conducted ourselves in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

4-10 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love whereby he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, has made us alive together with Christ, (for by grace you have been saved), and has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. By grace, you were saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

11-13 Therefore remember, that you, in times past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands, that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you who sometimes were far off are brought near by the blood of Christ.

14-18 For he is our peace, who has made both one and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us, having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances, to make in himself one new man from the two, so making peace, and that he might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity. And he came and preached peace to you who were afar off, and to them who were near. For through him, we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

19-22 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God, and is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom all the building fitly framed together grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are built together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.

Ephesians Chapter 3

Ephesians Chapter 3

New Testament / Epistle to the Ephesians / Chapter 3

1-7 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given me for you, how that by revelation he made known to me the mystery (as I wrote before in few words, whereby, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel, of which I was made a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of his power.

8-13 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hidden in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ; to the intent that the manifold wisdom of God would now be known by the church to the principalities and powers in heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith in him. Therefore I desire that you not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

14-19 For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the width and length and depth and height, and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fulness of God.

20-21 Now to him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all the ages, world without end. Amen.

Ephesians Chapter 4

Ephesians Chapter 4

New Testament / Epistle to the Ephesians / Chapter 4

1-6 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the mission which you were called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

7-10 But to every one of us, grace is given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Therefore he says, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive and gave gifts to men. Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the one who ascended up far above all heavens to fill all things.

11-16 And he gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ; that we henceforth are no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, who is the head, even Christ from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effective working of every part does it share, causing an increase of the body to the edifying of itself in love.

17-19 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you no longer walk as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

20-24 But you have not so learned Christ if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That you put off concerning your former conduct, the old man which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man, which God has created in righteousness and true holiness.

25-33 Therefore, put away lying, let every man speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be ye angry, and sin not: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, neither give place to the devil. Let him who stole steal no more, but rather let him labor, working with his hands that which is good, that he may have something to give to him who has need. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good for the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice: And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.

Ephesians Chapter 5

Ephesians Chapter 5

New Testament / Epistle to the Ephesians / Chapter 5

1-2 Therefore, you be followers of God, as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and has given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

3-7 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this, you know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with vain words, for because of these things, the wrath of God comes upon the children of disobedience. Therefore, do not be partakers with them.

8-14 For you were once in darkness, but now are you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth), proving what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather rebuke them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light, for whatsoever makes manifest is light. Therefore he says, Awake you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.

15-16 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

17-21 Therefore, do not be unwise but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting yourselves to one another in fear of God.

22-24 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church, and He is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

25-33 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord does the church. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Ephesians Chapter 6

Ephesians Chapter 6

New Testament / Epistle to the Ephesians / Chapter 6

1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise: That it may be well with you, that you may live long on the earth.

4 And you fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

5-8 Servants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord. Not to men, knowing that he will receive the same from the Lord whatsoever good anyone does, whether he be a slave or free.

9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is their respect of persons with him.

10-13 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Therefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14-20 Stand therefore, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, whereby you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; always praying with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all saints, and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

21-22 But that you also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things, whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

23-24 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

Philippians Chapter 1

Philippians Chapter 1

New Testament / Epistle to the Philippians / Chapter 1

1 Paul and Timothy, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3-8 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ; even as it is right for me to think this of you all because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. For God is my witness, how greatly I long after you all in the affection of Jesus Christ.

9-11 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment, that you may approve the excellent things, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

12-14 But I would have you understand, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel so that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places. Many of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much bolder to speak the word without fear.

15-18 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ in contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. What then? Notwithstanding, in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached, and therein I do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

19-26 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and my hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor; yet what I shall choose I do not know. For I am in a strait between the two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless, to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith, that your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.

27-29 Only let your conversation be as it is becoming of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and in nothing terrified by your adversaries, which is to the evidence of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. For to you, it has been given on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear is in me.

Philippians Chapter 2

Philippians Chapter 2

New Testament / Epistle to the Philippians / Chapter 2

1-4 Therefore, if there be any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy, that you be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem others better than themselves. Each man should look out not only for his own things but also for the things of others.

5-11 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, and took upon himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on the earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12-13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for his good pleasure.

14-16 Do all things without murmuring and disputing, that you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.

17-18 Yes, and if I am offered as an offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am happy and rejoice with you all. For the same reason, you also be happy and rejoice with me.

19-24 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I may also be encouraged when I know your state. For I have no man like-minded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are of Jesus Christ. But you know the proof of Him, that, as a son with the father, he has served with me in the gospel. Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me. But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.

25-30 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labor, and fellow soldier, but your messenger, and he who ministered to my needs. For he longed for you all and was full of heaviness because you had heard that he had been sick. For indeed he was sick close to death, but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore, I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again, you may rejoice and that I may be less sorrowful. Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in honor; because for the work of Christ, he was near to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in service toward me.

Philippians Chapter 3

Philippians Chapter 3

New Testament / Epistle to the Philippians / Chapter 3

1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me, to write the same things to you indeed is not grievous, but for you, it is safe.

2-6 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation. For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinks he might have trust in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

7-11 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I count all things loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them as dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith; that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death if by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead.

12-14 Not as though I have already attained, or that I have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may latch on to that for which Christ Jesus also has latched on for me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things that are behind, and reaching forward to those things ahead, I press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

15-16 Therefore, let us, as many as are mature, be thus minded, and if, in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us agree.

17-21 Brethren, be followers together of me and note those who so walk as you have us for an example. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their mind earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall change our wretched body, that it may be conformed to his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is even able to subdue all things to himself.

Philippians Chapter 4

Philippians Chapter 4

New Testament / Epistle to the Philippians / Chapter 4

1 Therefore, my dearly beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

2-3 I implore Euodias and beseech Syntyche that they agree in the Lord. And I entreat you also, true companion, help the women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other fellow-laborers, whose names are in the Book of Life.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice.

5 Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8-9 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things you have both learned and received and heard and seen in me, do, and the God of peace will be with you.

10-13 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last your care for me has flourished again, wherein you were also careful, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want, for I have learned to be content in whatsoever state I am. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things, I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

14-20 Nevertheless, you have done well that you shared in my affliction. Now you Philippians know also that at the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but you only. For even in Thessalonica, you sent once and again for my necessities. Not because I desire a gift, but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things that were sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, and well-pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

21-22 greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, especially those who are of Caesar's household.

23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Colossians Chapter 1

Colossians Chapter 1

New Testament / Epistle to the Colossians / Chapter 1

1-2 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy, our brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3-8 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, always praying for you since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which you have for all the saints, for the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, as it has in all the world, and brings forth fruit, as it does also in you, since the day you heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth; as you also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow-servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ for you, who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

9-14 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you and desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you might walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness, giving thanks to the Father, who has made us able to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light, who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son, in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.

15-18 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. By him were all things created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and by Him, all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He might have the preeminence.

19-20 For it pleased the Father that in Him all fullness should dwell, and having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him, to reconcile all things to himself, by him, I say, whether they be things on earth or things in heaven.

21-23 And you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight, if you continue in the faith grounded and steadfast, and have not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven, of which I Paul was made a minister.

24-29 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you and fill up that which is lacking the afflictions of Christ in my flesh, for the sake of his body, which is the church, of which I was made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, even the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints. To whom God 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. Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom, we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus, unto what purpose I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.

Colossians Chapter 2

Colossians Chapter 2

New Testament / Epistle to the Colossians / Chapter 2

1-3 For I would think that you knew what great conflict I have for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and receiving of all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

4-5 And this I say, lest any man should deceive you with enticing words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in the spirit, rejoicing to behold your order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.

6-7 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

8-10 Beware lest any man cheats you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in him, who is the head of all principality and power.

11-15 In whom you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ, buried with him in baptism, in which you have also raised with him through the faith in the working of God, who has raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses, blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us and took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross. Having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

16-19 Let no man, therefore, judge you in food, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days, which are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ. Let no man cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worshiping of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, increasing with the increase from God.

20-23 Therefore if you died with Christ from the fundamentals of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to ordinances, Touch not, taste not, and handle not, which all are things that perish with the using, after the commandments and doctrines of men? Things that indeed have an appearance of wisdom in worship, humility, and neglecting the body, but of no value against satisfying the flesh.

Colossians Chapter 3

Colossians Chapter 3

New Testament / Epistle to the Colossians / Chapter 3

1-4 If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, you shall also appear with him in glory.

5-7 Therefore put to death your members who are on the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil sexual desires, and covetousness, which is idolatry. For the wrath of God is coming on the children of disobedience for these actions, in which you also walked in times past when you lived in them.

8-11 But now you also are to put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy communication out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him, where there is neither Jew nor Greek, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

12-17 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility of mind, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a quarrel against another, even as Christ forgave you, so you also do. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you are called in one body; and be 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. And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father through him.

18 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.

20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.

21 Fathers do not provoke your children to anger, lest they become discouraged.

22-25 Servants, in all things, obey your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in the sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong shall reap for the wrong he has done, and there is no respecter of persons.

Colossians Chapter 4

Colossians Chapter 4

New Testament / Epistle to the Colossians / Chapter 4

1 Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

2-4 Continue in prayer, and be vigilant with thanksgiving; also, pray for us, that God would open to us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

5-6 Walk in wisdom toward those who are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.

7-9 Tychicus, a beloved brother, a faithful minister, and a fellow-servant will declare to you all my works in the Lord; whom I have sent to you for this very 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 to you all things which are done here.

10-11 Aristarchus, my fellow-prisoner, greets you, and Mark, the nephew of Barnabas, by whom you received commandments, and if he comes to you, receive him, and Jesus, who is called Justus, who are all of the circumcision. These are my only fellow-workers for the kingdom of God, who have been a comfort to me.

12-15 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. For I bear him record, that he has a great zeal for you, and those who are in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis. Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas greet you. Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea and Nymphas and the church which is in his house.

16-17 And when this epistle is read among you, also cause that it be read in the church of the Laodiceans; and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it.

18 The salutation by my hand, Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace, be with you. Amen.

1 Thessalonians Chapter 1

1 Thessalonians Chapter 1

New Testament / First Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 1

1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2-5 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, a labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. For our gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.

6-10 And you became followers of the Lord and of us, having received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Ghost, so that you were examples to all who believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you, the word of the Lord sounded out not only in Macedonia and Achaia but also in every place your faith toward God has spread abroad so that we do not need to say anything. For they themselves show to us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, who delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians Chapter 2

1 Thessalonians Chapter 2

New Testament / First Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 2

1-3 For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain. But even after we had suffered before and were shamefully treated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God with many conflicts. For our exhortation was not of deception, nor of uncleanness, nor in trickery.

4-9 But as we were allowed by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so, we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts. For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness, God is witness. Nor did we seek from men, neither from you nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, even as a nursing mother cherishes her children. So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own souls because you were dear to us. For you remember, brethren, our labor and toil; for laboring night and day, that we would not be burdensome to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.

10-12 You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe, as you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father does his children, that you would walk worthy of God, who has called you to his kingdom and glory.

13-16 For this cause we also thank God without ceasing, because, when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectually works in you who believe. For you, brethren became followers of the churches of God, which are in Judaea in Christ Jesus. For you also have suffered the same things by your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews, who both killed the Lord Jesus and their own prophets and have persecuted us. They do not please God and are contrary to all men, forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their measure of ongoing sins, for wrath has come upon them to the uttermost.

17-20 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great desire. Therefore we wanted to come to you, even I Paul, once and again, but Satan hindered us. For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For you are our glory and joy.

1 Thessalonians Chapter 3

1 Thessalonians Chapter 3

New Testament / First Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 3

1-5 Therefore when we could no longer endure, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow-laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith, that no man should be moved by these afflictions; for yourselves know that we are appointed to this. For truly, we told you before when we were with you that we would suffer tribulation, just as it came to pass, and you know. For this reason, when I could no longer endure, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor is in vain.

6-8 But now that Timothy came to us from you, and brought us the good news of your faith and charity, and that you always have good remembrance of us, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you. Therefore, brethren, we were comforted in all our affliction and distress by your faith. For we now live if you stand fast in the Lord.

9-10 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sakes before our God, night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

11-13 Now our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love toward one another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you, to the end, that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.

1 Thessalonians Chapter 4

1 Thessalonians Chapter 4

New Testament / First Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 4

1-2 Furthermore, brethren, we urge you and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as you have received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, so you would abound more and more. For you know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

3-8 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication, that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor, not in the lust of strong sexual desire, like the Gentiles who know not God; that no man should take advantage of or defraud his brother in any matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God has not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness. Therefore, he despises this does not despise man, but God, who has also given to us his Holy Spirit.

9-12 But concerning brotherly love, you have no need that I write to you, for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another, and indeed you do it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; and that you learn to be quiet, and to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk honestly toward those who are without, and that you may lack nothing.

13-14 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, God will also bring with him those who sleep in Jesus.

15-18 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will not precede those who are asleep. For the Lord, himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall ever be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians Chapter 5

1 Thessalonians Chapter 5

New Testament / First Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 5

1-10 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write to you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. When they shall say Peace and safety, sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you as a thief. You are all children of light and the children of the day. We are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others, but let us watch and be sober. For they who sleep, sleep in the night, and those who are drunk are drunk in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

11 Therefore comfort one another and edify one another, just as you also do.

12-13 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

14-15 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, and be patient toward all men. See that no one renders evil for evil to any man, but always follows that which is good, both among yourself and all men.

16-18 Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything, give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

19-22 Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good. Abstain from all appearances of evil.

23-24 And I pray that the very God of peace will sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is faithful who called you, who also will do it.

25 Brethren, pray for us.

26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.

27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle is read to all the holy brethren.

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

2 Thessalonians Chapter 1

2 Thessalonians Chapter 1

New Testament / Second Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 1

1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3-10 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting because your faith grows exceedingly. The charity of every one of you all abounds toward each other so that we ourselves glory in you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer, seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them who know not God, and that do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. They shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power on that day when he comes to be glorified in His saints and to be admired by all those who believe because our testimony among you was believed.

11-12 Therefore, we also always pray for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians Chapter 2