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Colossians 1:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— We give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ continually [when] praying for you,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— We are giving thanks unto God, the Father of our Lord Jesus [Christ], always, for you, offering prayer,—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, always praying for you,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Grace be to you and peace, from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— We giue thanks to God, and the Father of our Lord Iesus Christ, praying alwayes for you,
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— We give thanks to Aloha the Father of our Lord Jeshu Meshiha in all time, and pray on your behalf,
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus the Messiah, at all times, and pray for you;

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
We give thanks 2168
{2168} Prime
From G2170; to be grateful, that is, (active) to express gratitude (towards); specifically to say grace at a meal.
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
to God 2316
{2316} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
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.
the Father 3962
{3962} Prime
Apparently a primary word; a 'father' (literally or figuratively, near or more remote).
of our 2257
{2257} Prime
Genitive plural of G1473; of (or from) us.
Lord 2962
{2962} Prime
From κῦρος [[kuros]] (supremacy); supreme in authority, that is, (as noun) controller; by implication Mr. (as a respectful title).
Jesus 2424
{2424} Prime
Of Hebrew origin [H3091]; Jesus (that is, Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites.
Christ, 5547
{5547} Prime
From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
praying 4336
{4336} Prime
From G4314 and G2172; to pray to God, that is, supplicate, worship.
<5740> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 544
always 3842
{3842} Prime
From G3956 and G3753; every when, that is, at all times.
for 4012
{4012} Prime
From the base of G4008; properly through (all over), that is, around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time (with the genitive case denoting the subject or occasion or superlative point; with the accusative case the locality, circuit, matter, circumstance or general period).
you, 5216
{5216} Prime
Genitive case of G5210; of (from or concerning) you.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Colossians 1:3

_ _ Thanksgiving for the “faith, hope, and love” of the Colossians. So in the twin Epistle sent at the same time and by the same bearer, Tychicus (Ephesians 1:15, Ephesians 1:16).

_ _ We — I and Timothy.

_ _ and the Father — So some of the oldest manuscripts read. But others better omit the “and,” which probably crept in from Ephesians 1:3.

_ _ praying always for you — with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6). See Colossians 1:4.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Colossians 1:3-8

_ _ Here he proceeds to the body of the epistle, and begins with thanksgiving to God for what he had heard concerning them, though he had no personal acquaintance with them, and knew their state and character only by the reports of others.

_ _ I. He gave thanks to God for them, that they had embraced the gospel of Christ, and given proofs of their fidelity to him. Observe, In his prayers for them he gave thanks for them. Thanksgiving ought to be a part of every prayer; and whatever is the matter of our rejoicing ought to be the matter of our thanksgiving. Observe, 1. Whom he gives thanks to: To God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In our thanksgiving we must have an eye to God as God (he is the object of thanksgiving as well as prayer), and is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, in and through whom all good comes to us. He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ as well as our Father; and it is a matter of encouragement, in all our addresses to God, that we can look to him as Christ's Father and our Father, as his God and our God, John 20:17. Observe, 2. What he gives thanks to God for — for the graces of God in them, which were evidences of the grace of God towards them: Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love you have to all the saints; for the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, Colossians 1:4, Colossians 1:5. Faith, hope, and love, are the three principal graces in the Christian life, and proper matter of our prayer and thanksgiving. (1.) He gives thanks for their faith in Christ Jesus, that they were brought to believe in him, and take upon them the profession of his religion, and venture their souls upon his undertaking. (2.) For their love. Besides the general love which is due to all men, there is a particular love owing to the saints, or those who are of the Christian brotherhood, 1 Peter 2:17. We must love all the saints, bear an extensive kindness and good-will to good men, notwithstanding smaller points of difference, and many real weaknesses. Some understand it of their charity to the saints in necessity, which is one branch and evidence of Christian love. (3.) For their hope: The hope which is laid up for you in heaven, Colossians 1:5. The happiness of heaven is called their hope, because it is the thing hoped for, looking for the blessed hope, Titus 2:13. What is laid out upon believers in this world is much; but what is laid up for them in heaven is much more. And we have reason to give thanks to God for the hope of heaven which good Christians have, or their well-grounded expectation of the future glory. Their faith in Christ, and love to the saints, had an eye to the hope laid up for them in heaven. The more we fix our hopes on the recompence of reward in the other world, the more free and liberal shall we be of our earthly treasure upon all occasions of doing good.

_ _ II. Having blessed God for these graces, he blesses God for the means of grace which they enjoyed: Wherein you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel. They had heard in the word of the truth of the gospel concerning this hope laid up for them in heaven. Observe, 1. The gospel is the word of truth, and what we may safely venture our immortal souls upon: it proceeds from the God of truth and the Spirit of truth, and is a faithful saying. He calls it the grace of God in truth, Colossians 1:6. 2. It is a great mercy to hear this word of truth; for the great thing we learn from it is the happiness of heaven. Eternal life is brought to light by the gospel, 2 Timothy 1:10. They heard of the hope laid up in heaven in the word of the truth of the gospel. “Which has come unto you, as it hath to all the world, and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, Colossians 1:6. This gospel is preached and brings forth fruit in other nations; it has come to you, as it hath to all the world, according to the commission, Go preach the gospel in all the nations, and to every creature.” Observe, (1.) All who hear the word of the gospel ought to bring forth the fruit of the gospel, that is, be obedient to it, and have their principles and lives formed according to it. This was the doctrine first preached: Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance, Matthew 3:8. And our Lord says, If you know these things, happy are you if you do them, John 13:17. Observe, (2.) Wherever the gospel comes, it will bring forth fruit to the honour and glory of God: It bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you. We mistake, if we think to monopolize the comforts and benefits of the gospel to ourselves. Does the gospel bring forth fruit in us? So it does in others.

_ _ III. He takes this occasion to mention the minister by whom they believed (Colossians 1:7, Colossians 1:8): As you also learned of Epaphras, our dear fellow-servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ. He mentions him with great respect, to engage their love to him. 1. He calls him his fellow-servant, to signify not only that they served the same Master, but that they were engaged in the same work. They were fellow-labourers in the work of the Lord, though one was an apostle and the other an ordinary minister. 2. He calls him his dear fellow-servant: all the servants of Christ ought to love one another, and it is an endearing consideration that they are engaged in the same service. 3. He represents him as one who was a faithful minister of Christ to them, who discharged his trust and fulfilled his ministry among them. Observe, Christ is our proper Master, and we are his ministers. He does not say who is your minister; but who is the minister of Christ for you. It is by his authority and appointment, though for the people's service. 4. He represents him as one who gave them a good word: Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit, Colossians 1:8. He recommends him to their affection, from the good report he made of their sincere love to Christ and all his members, which was wrought in them by the Spirit, and is agreeable to the spirit of the gospel. Faithful ministers are glad to be able to speak well of their people.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Colossians 1:3

We give thanks — There is a near resemblance between this epistle, and those to the Ephesians and Philippians.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Colossians 1:3

(1) We give thanks to God and the (c) Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

(1) He commends the doctrine that was delivered to them by Epaphras, and their readiness in receiving it.

(c) We cannot otherwise think of God to be our salvation, except that he is Christ's Father, in whom we are adopted.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Romans 1:8-9 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. ... For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;
1 Corinthians 1:4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
Ephesians 1:15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
Philippians 1:3-5 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, ... For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
1 Thessalonians 1:2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;


Colossians 1:9 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 his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated [us] into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Ephesians 3:14-19 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, ... And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Philippians 1:9-11 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and [in] all judgment; ... Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
1 Thessalonians 3:10-13 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith? ... To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given [us] everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, ... Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
2 Timothy 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from [my] forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
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