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Colossians 1:26 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— [even] the mystery which hath been hid for ages and generations: but now hath it been manifested to his saints,
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— [that is], the mystery which has been hidden from the [past] ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages, and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— the mystery which [has been] hidden from ages and from generations, but has now been made manifest to his saints;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The sacred secret which had been hidden away from the ages and from the generations, but, now, hath been made manifest unto his saints—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— the secret that hath been hid from the ages and from the generations, but now was manifested to his saints,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The mystery which hath been hidden from ages and generations, but now is manifested to his saints,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— [Euen] the mystery which hath been hid from ages, and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints,
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— that mystery which was hidden from ages and generations, but now hath been revealed unto his saints.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— [namely,] that mystery, which was hidden for ages and generations, but is now revealed to his saints;

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[Even] the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
mystery 3466
{3466} Prime
μυστήριον
musterion
{moos-tay'-ree-on}
From a derivative of μύω [[muo]] (to shut the mouth); a secret or 'mystery' (through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites).
which y3588
[3588] Standard

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
hath been hid 613
{0613} Prime
ἀποκρύπτω
apokrupto
{ap-ok-roop'-to}
From G0575 and G2928; to conceal away (that is, fully); figuratively to keep secret.
z5772
<5772> Grammar
Tense - Perfect (See G5778)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 463
from 575
{0575} Prime
ἀπό
apo
{ap-o'}
A primary particle; 'off', that is, away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literally or figuratively).
ages 165
{0165} Prime
αἰών
aion
{ahee-ohn'}
From the same as G0104; properly an age; by extension perpetuity (also past); by implication the world; specifically (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future).
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
from 575
{0575} Prime
ἀπό
apo
{ap-o'}
A primary particle; 'off', that is, away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literally or figuratively).
generations, 1074
{1074} Prime
γενεά
genea
{ghen-eh-ah'}
From (a presumed derivative of) G1085; a generation; by implication an age (the period or the persons).
but 1161
{1161} Prime
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
now 3570
{3570} Prime
νυνί
nuni
{noo-nee'}
A prolonged form of G3568 for emphasis; just now.
is made manifest 5319
{5319} Prime
φανερόω
phaneroo
{fan-er-o'-o}
From G5318; to render apparent (literally or figuratively).
z5681
<5681> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 602
to his 846
{0846} Prime
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
saints: 40
{0040} Prime
ἅγιος
hagios
{hag'-ee-os}
From ἅγος [[hagos]] (an awful thing) compare G0053, [H2282]; sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Colossians 1:26

_ _ the mystery — (See on Ephesians 1:9, Ephesians 1:10; Ephesians 3:5-9). The mystery, once hidden, now revealed, is redemption for the whole Gentile world, as well as for the Jews, “Christ in you (Gentiles) the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).

_ _ from ages — “from,” according to Alford, refers to time, not “hidden from”: from the time of the ages; still what is meant is that the mystery was hidden from the beings living in thoseages.” The “ages” are the vast successive periods marked by successive orders of beings and stages of creation. Greek, “Aeons,” a word used by the Gnostics for angelic beings emanating from God. The Spirit by Paul presciently, in opposition to Gnostic error already beginning (Colossians 2:18), teaches, that the mystery of redemption was hidden in God’s purposes in Christ, alike from the angelic beings (compare Ephesians 3:10) of the pre-Adamic “ages,” and from the subsequent human “generations.” Translate as Greek,the ages ... the generations.”

_ _ made manifest to his saints — to His apostles and prophets primarily (Ephesians 3:5), and through them to all His saints.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Colossians 1:12-29.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Colossians 1:26

The mystery — Namely, Christ both justifying and sanctifying gentiles, as well as Jews. Which hath been comparatively hid from former ages and past generations of men.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Colossians 1:26

[Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his (t) saints:

(t) 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.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
the mystery:

Romans 16:25-26 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, ... But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
1 Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, [even] the hidden [wisdom], which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
Ephesians 3:3-10 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, ... To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly [places] might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

now:

Psalms 25:14 The secret of the LORD [is] with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
Matthew 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Mark 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all [these] things are done in parables:
Luke 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
2 Timothy 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
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Ps 25:14. Mt 13:11. Mk 4:11. Lk 8:10. Ro 16:25. 1Co 2:7. Ep 3:3. 2Ti 1:10.

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