Colossians 1 – NIRV & GKY

New International Reader’s Version

Colossians 1:1-29

1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Christ Jesus just as God planned. Our brother Timothy joins me in writing.

2We are sending this letter to you, our brothers and sisters in Colossae. You belong to Christ. You are holy and faithful.

May God our Father give you grace and peace.

Paul Prays and Gives Thanks

3We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you. 4We thank him because we have heard about your faith in Christ Jesus. We have also heard that you love all God’s people. 5Your faith and love are based on the hope you have. What you hope for is stored up for you in heaven. You have already heard about it. You were told about it when the true message was given to you. I’m talking about the good news 6that has come to you. In the same way, the good news is bearing fruit. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world. It has been doing that among you since the day you heard it. That is when you really understood God’s grace. 7You learned the good news from Epaphras. He is dear to us. He serves Christ together with us. He faithfully works for Christ and for us among you. 8He also told us about your love that comes from the Holy Spirit.

9That’s why we have not stopped praying for you. We have been praying for you since the day we heard about you. We keep asking God to fill you with the knowledge of what he wants. We pray he will give you the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives. 10Then you will be able to lead a life that is worthy of the Lord. We pray that you will please him in every way. So we want you to bear fruit in every good thing you do. We pray that you will grow to know God better. 11We want you to be very strong, in keeping with his glorious power. We want you to be patient. We pray that you will never give up. 12We want you to give thanks with joy to the Father. He has made you fit to have what he will give to all his holy people. You will all receive a share in the kingdom of light. 13He has saved us from the kingdom of darkness. He has brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. 14Because of what the Son has done, we have been set free. Because of him, all our sins have been forgiven.

The Son of God Is Better Than Everything Else

15The Son is the exact likeness of God, who can’t be seen. The Son is first, and he is over all creation. 16All things were created in him. He created everything in heaven and on earth. He created everything that can be seen and everything that can’t be seen. He created kings, powers, rulers and authorities. All things have been created by him and for him. 17Before anything was created, he was already there. He holds everything together. 18And he is the head of the body, which is the church. He is the beginning. He is the first to be raised from the dead. That happened so that he would be far above everything. 19God was pleased to have his whole nature living in Christ. 20God was pleased to bring all things back to himself. That’s because of what Christ has done. These things include everything on earth and in heaven. God made peace through Christ’s blood, by his death on the cross.

21At one time you were separated from God. You were enemies in your minds because of your evil ways. 22But because Christ died, God has brought you back to himself. Christ’s death has made you holy in God’s sight. So now you don’t have any flaw. You are free from blame. 23But you must keep your faith steady and firm. You must not move away from the hope the good news holds out to you. This is the good news that you heard. It has been preached to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, now serve the good news.

Paul’s Work for the Church

24I am happy because of what I am suffering for you. My suffering joins with and continues the sufferings of Christ. I suffer for his body, which is the church. 25I serve the church. God appointed me to bring the complete word of God to you. 26That word contains the mystery that has been hidden for many ages. But now it has been made known to the Lord’s people. 27God has chosen to make known to them the glorious riches of that mystery. He has made it known among the Gentiles. And here is what it is. Christ is in you. He is your hope of glory.

28Christ is the one we preach about. With all the wisdom we have, we warn and teach everyone. When we bring them to God, we want them to be like Christ. We want them to be grown up as people who belong to Christ. 29That’s what I’m working for. I work hard with all the strength of Christ. His strength works powerfully in me.

Holy Bible in Gĩkũyũ

Akolosai 1:1-29

1Nĩ niĩ Paũlũ, mũtũmwo wa Kristũ Jesũ nĩ ũndũ wa wendo wa Ngai, tũrĩ hamwe na Timotheo mũrũ wa Ithe witũ,

2Tũramũtũmĩra marũa maya inyuĩ andũ arĩa aamũre, o inyuĩ ariũ na aarĩ a Ithe witũ mũtũire mũrĩ ehokeku thĩinĩ wa Kristũ kũu Kolosai:

Mũrogĩa na wega na thayũ ciumĩte kũrĩ Ngai Ithe witũ.

Gũcookia Ngaatho hamwe na Kũhooya

3Hĩndĩ ciothe rĩrĩa tũkũmũhoera, nĩtũcookagĩria Ngai ngaatho, o we Ithe wa Mwathani witũ Jesũ Kristũ, 41:4 Agal 5:6; Atũm 9:13; Aef 1:15tondũ nĩtũiguĩte ũhoro wa ũrĩa mwĩtĩkĩtie Kristũ Jesũ, o na ũrĩa mwendete andũ arĩa othe aamũre, 51:5 1Athe 5:8; 1Pet 1:4; 2Tim 2:15naguo nĩ wĩtĩkio na wendani iria ciumanaga na kĩĩrĩgĩrĩro kĩrĩa mũigĩirwo kũu igũrũ na kĩrĩa mũrĩkĩtie kũigua ũhoro wakĩo thĩinĩ wa ũhoro ũrĩa wa ma, na nĩguo Ũhoro-ũrĩa-Mwega 61:6 Arom 10:18; Joh 15:16ũrĩa ũmũkinyĩire. Kũndũ guothe gũkũ thĩ Ũhoro-ũyũ-Mwega nĩũraciara maciaro na nĩũratheerema, o ta ũrĩa ũkoretwo ũgĩĩka gatagatĩ-inĩ kanyu kuuma mũthenya ũrĩa mwaũiguire na mũkĩmenya wega wa Ngai na ma. 71:7 Filem 23Mwamenyire ũhoro ũcio kuuma kũrĩ Epafara, ũrĩa twendete, na mũruti wĩra hamwe na ithuĩ o we mũtungatĩri wa Kristũ wa kwĩhokeka ithenya riitũ, 81:8 Arom 15:30na nowe ũtũheete ũhoro wa ũrĩa mwendaine mũrĩ thĩinĩ wa Roho.

91:9 Arom 1:10; Aef 1:15Nĩ ũndũ wa ũguo-rĩ, kuuma mũthenya ũrĩa twaiguire ũhoro ũcio wanyu, tũtirĩ twatigithĩria kũmũhoera, tũgĩthaithaga Ngai amũiyũrie ũmenyo wa wendi wake, na amũheage ũũgĩ na ũtaũku wothe maũndũ-inĩ mothe ma kĩĩroho. 101:10 2Akor 5:9; Aef 4:1Na tũhooyaga ũguo nĩguo mũhote gũtũũra mũtũũrĩre ũringaine na ũrĩa Mwathani endaga na mũmũkenagie maũndũ-inĩ mothe: mũciarage maciaro mawĩra-inĩ mothe mega marĩa mũrutaga, na mũkũrage thĩinĩ wa ũmenyi wa kũmenyana na Ngai, 111:11 Afil 4:13; Aef 4:2mũgĩĩkagĩrwo hinya na ũhoti wothe kũringana na hinya wake ũrĩ na riiri nĩgeetha mũhote gũkiragĩrĩria mũno mũtegũthethũka na mũrĩ na gĩkeno, 121:12 Aef 5:20; Atũm 20:32na mũgĩcookagĩria Ithe witũ ngaatho, ũrĩa ũmũtuĩte aagĩrĩru a kũgaya igai rĩa arĩa aamũre ũthamaki-inĩ wa ũtheri. 131:13 2Pet 1:11; Math 3:17Nĩgũkorwo Ngai nĩatũhonoketie, agatũruta ũthamaki-inĩ wa nduma, na agatũthaamĩria ũthamaki-inĩ wa Mũriũ ũrĩa endete mũno, 141:14 Arom 3:24; Aef 1:7thĩinĩ wake-rĩ, nĩtũkũũrĩtwo na tũkarekerwo mehia maitũ.

Ũnene wa Kristũ

15Ũcio nĩwe mũhianĩre wa Ngai ũrĩa ũtonekaga, na nĩwe irigithathi harĩ indo ciothe iria ciombirwo. 16Nĩgũkorwo nĩwe wombire indo ciothe: indo iria irĩ igũrũ na iria irĩ thĩ, iria cionekaga na iria itonekaga, o na angĩkorwo nĩ itĩ cia ũnene kana maahinya, kana aathani o na kana arĩa marĩ ũhoti; indo ciothe ciombirwo nĩwe na nĩguo ituĩke ciake. 17Kristũ nĩwe warĩ kuo mbere ya indo ciothe, nacio indo ciothe itũũraga inyiitithanĩtio nĩwe. 181:18 Aef 1:22; Kũg 1:5Ningĩ nĩwe mũtwe wa mwĩrĩ, arĩ guo kanitha; na nĩwe kĩambĩrĩria na irigithathi harĩ andũ arĩa manariũka, nĩgeetha thĩinĩ wa maũndũ mothe atuĩke nĩwe mũtũũgĩrie kũrĩ indo ciothe. 191:19 Aef 1:5; Joh 1:16Nĩgũkorwo Ngai nĩoonire arĩ wega atĩ ũiyũru wa Ngai wothe ũikare thĩinĩ wake, 201:20 Arom 5:10; Luk 2:14; Aef 2:13na nĩ ũndũ wa Kristũ indo ciothe ituĩke cia kũiguithanio na Ngai, iria irĩ thĩ o na kana iria irĩ igũrũ, nĩ ũndũ wa ũrĩa aarehire thayũ na ũndũ wa thakame yake, ĩrĩa yaitirwo mũtharaba-inĩ.

21Hĩndĩ ĩmwe inyuĩ mwatũire mwamũranĩtio na Ngai na mwarĩ thũ ciake meciiria-inĩ manyu nĩ ũndũ wa mĩtugo yanyu mĩũru. 221:22 Arom 5:10; 2Akor 4:14; Aef 5:27No rĩu nĩamũiguithanĩtie na Kristũ na ũndũ wa ũrĩa aakuire arĩ na mwĩrĩ nĩgeetha amũrũgamie mbere yake mũrĩ atheru, na mũtarĩ na ũũgũ, o na mũtarĩ na ũcuuke, 231:23 Aef 3:17; Arom 10:18mũngĩthiĩ na mbere na gwĩtĩkia mwĩhaandĩte na mũrĩ arũmu, na mũtekwenyenyeka kuuma kũrĩ kĩĩrĩgĩrĩro kĩrĩa kĩnyiitĩrĩirwo nĩ Ũhoro-ũrĩa-Mwega. Ũhoro ũcio nĩguo Ũhoro-ũrĩa-Mwega ũrĩa mwaiguire, na ũrĩa ũhunjĩtio kũrĩ ciũmbe ciothe cia gũkũ thĩ, na nĩguo niĩ Paũlũ nduĩkĩte ndungata yaguo.

Paũlũ Kũnoga nĩ ũndũ wa Kanitha

241:24 2Akor 1:5Na rĩu nĩngenete nĩ ũndũ wa maũndũ marĩa thĩĩnĩtio namo nĩ ũndũ wanyu, na ngaiyũrĩrĩria thĩinĩ wa mwĩrĩ wakwa kĩrĩa gĩtigaire ũhoro-inĩ wa kũnyamario gwa Kristũ, ngamaiyũrĩrĩria nĩ ũndũ wa mwĩrĩ wake, na nĩguo kanitha. 25Na niĩ ndaatuirwo ndungata yaguo na ũndũ wa gũtũmwo nĩ Ngai ndĩmũrehere ũhoro wa Ngai mũũmenye kũna, 26na nĩ guo hitho ĩrĩa ĩtũire ĩrĩ hithe kuuma o tene, njiarwa na njiarwa, no rĩu nĩũguũrĩirio arĩa aamũre. 27O acio nĩo Ngai oonire arĩ wega kũmenyithia hitho ya ũtonga ũrĩa ũrĩ riiri kũrĩ andũ-a-Ndũrĩrĩ, nayo hitho ĩyo nĩ atĩ Kristũ arĩ thĩinĩ wanyu, o we kĩĩrĩgĩrĩro gĩa gũkaagĩa na riiri.

281:28 Akol 3:16; Math 5:48Ũcio nĩwe tũhunjagia, tũgĩtaaranaga na tũkĩrutaga o mũndũ wothe tũrĩ na ũũgĩ wothe, nĩgeetha tũkarũgamia o mũndũ wothe aagĩrĩire kũna thĩinĩ wa Kristũ. 291:29 1Akor 15:10; Akol 2:1; Aef 1:19Nĩ ũndũ wa gĩtũmi kĩu nĩndĩĩnogagia, ngĩĩgiaga kũringana na hinya wake wothe, ũrĩa ũrutaga wĩra na hinya thĩinĩ wakwa.