1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters1:2 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 4:15. in Christ:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father.1:2 Some manuscripts Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
Thanksgiving and prayer
3We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people – 5the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 6that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world – just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. 7You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant,1:7 Or slave who is a faithful minister of Christ on our1:7 Some manuscripts your behalf, 8and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
9For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,1:9 Or all spiritual wisdom and understanding 10so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you1:12 Some manuscripts us to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
The supremacy of the Son of God
15The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
21Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of1:21 Or minds, as shown by your evil behaviour. 22But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation – 23if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
Paul’s labour for the church
24Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness – 26the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
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.