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Colossians 1:7 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— even as ye learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow-servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— just as you learned [it] from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— As ye also learned from Epaphras our dear fellow-servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— even as ye learned from Epaphras our beloved fellow-bondman, who is a faithful minister of Christ for you,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Even as ye learned [it] from Epaphras, our beloved fellow-servant, who is faithful in our behalf, as a minister of the Christ,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— as ye also learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow-servant, who is for you a faithful ministrant of the Christ,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— As you learned of Epaphras, our most beloved fellow servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ Jesus;
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— As yee also learned of Epaphras our deare felow seruant, who is for you a faithfull Minister of Christ:
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— as you learned from Epaphra our beloved companion, who is himself for you a faithful minister of the Meshiha,
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— as ye learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow-servant, who is for you a faithful minister of the Messiah;

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
As 2531
{2531} Prime
καθώς
kathos
{kath-oce'}
From G2596 and G5613; just (or inasmuch) as, that.
ye y3129
[3129] Standard
μανθάνω
manthano
{man-than'-o}
Prolonged from a primary verb, another form of which, μαθέω [[matheo]], is used as an alternate in certain tenses; to learn (in any way).
z0
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
also 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.
learned 3129
{3129} Prime
μανθάνω
manthano
{man-than'-o}
Prolonged from a primary verb, another form of which, μαθέω [[matheo]], is used as an alternate in certain tenses; to learn (in any way).
z5627
<5627> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2138 plus 1 in a variant reading in a footnote
of 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).
Epaphras 1889
{1889} Prime
Ἐπαφρᾶς
Epaphras
{ep-af-ras'}
Contracted from G1891; Epaphras, a Christian.
our 2257
{2257} Prime
ἡμῶν
hemon
{hay-mone'}
Genitive plural of G1473; of (or from) us.
dear 27
{0027} Prime
ἀγαπητός
agapetos
{ag-ap-ay-tos'}
From G0025; beloved.
fellowservant, 4889
{4889} Prime
σύνδουλος
sundoulos
{soon'-doo-los}
From G4862 and G1401; a co-slave, that is, servitor or ministrant of the same master (human or divine).
who 3739
{3739} Prime
ὅς
hos
{hos}
Probably a primary word (or perhaps a form of the article G3588); the relative (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that.
is 2076
{2076} Prime
ἐστί
esti
{es-tee'}
Third person singular present indicative of G1510; he (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are.
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
for 5228
{5228} Prime
ὑπέρ
huper
{hoop-er'}
A primary preposition; 'over', that is, (with the genitive case) of place, above, beyond, across, or causal, for the sake of, instead, regarding; with the accusative case superior to, more than. In compounds it retains many of the listed applications.
you 5216
{5216} Prime
ὑμῶν
humon
{hoo-mone'}
Genitive case of G5210; of (from or concerning) you.
a faithful 4103
{4103} Prime
πιστός
pistos
{pis-tos'}
From G3982; objectively trustworthy; subjectively trustful.
minister 1249
{1249} Prime
διάκονος
diakonos
{dee-ak'-on-os}
Probably from διάκω [[diako]] (obsolete, to run on errands; compare G1377); an attendant, that is, (generally) a waiter (at table or in other menial duties); specifically a Christian teacher and pastor (technically a deacon or deaconess).
of Christ; 5547
{5547} Prime
Χριστός
Christos
{khris-tos'}
From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Colossians 1:7

_ _ As ye also learned — “Also” is omitted in the oldest manuscripts. The insertion implied that those inserting it thought that Paul had preached the Gospel to the Colossians as well as Epaphras, Whereas the omission in the oldest manuscripts implies that Epaphras alone was the founder of the Church at Colosse.

_ _ of — “from Epaphras.”

_ _ dearGreek, “beloved.”

_ _ fellow servant — namely, of Christ. In Philemon 1:23 he calls him “my fellow prisoner.” It is possible that Epaphras may have been apprehended for his zealous labors in Asia Minor; but more probable that Paul gave him the title; as his faithful companion in his imprisonment (compare Note, see on Colossians 4:10, as to Meyer’s conjecture).

_ _ who is for you, etc. — Translate, “who is faithful in your behalf as a minister of Christ”; hinting that he is one not to be set aside for the new and erroneous teachers (Colossians 2:1-23). Most of the oldest manuscripts read, “for (or ‘in behalf of’) US.” Vulgate, however, with one of the oldest manuscripts, supports English Version.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Colossians 1:3-8.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Colossians 1:7

The fellowservant — Of Paul and Timotheus.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
Epaphras:

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is [one] of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
Philemon 1:23 There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;

our:

Philippians 2:19-22 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. ... But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.
Philippians 2:25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.

a:

Numbers 12:7 My servant Moses [is] not so, who [is] faithful in all mine house.
Matthew 24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
1 Corinthians 4:17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.
1 Corinthians 7:25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.
2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I [am] more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
1 Timothy 4:6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Hebrews 3:2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses [was faithful] in all his house.
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Nu 12:7. Mt 24:45; 25:21. 1Co 4:2, 17; 7:25. 2Co 11:23. Ep 5:21. Php 2:19, 25. Col 4:12. 1Ti 4:6. 2Ti 2:2. Phm 1:23. He 2:17; 3:2.

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