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Colossians 2:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— in which are hid all the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— In whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden away.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— in whom are all the treasures of the wisdom and the knowledge hid,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— In whom are hid all the treasures of wisedome, and knowledge.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
In 1722
{1722} Prime
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
whom 3739
{3739} Prime
Probably a primary word (or perhaps a form of the article G3588); the relative (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that.
are 1526
{1526} Prime
Third person plural present indicative of G1510; they are.
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
hid 614
{0614} Prime
From G0613; secret; by implication treasured.
all 3956
{3956} Prime
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

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).
treasures 2344
{2344} Prime
From G5087; a deposit, that is, wealth (literally or figuratively).
of wisdom 4678
{4678} Prime
From G4680; wisdom (higher or lower, worldly or spiritual).
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.
knowledge. 1108
{1108} Prime
From G1097; knowing (the act), that is, (by implication) knowledge.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Colossians 2:3

_ _ Translate in the Greek order, “In whom (not as Alford, ‘in which’) mystery; Christ is Himself the ‘mystery’ (Colossians 2:2; 1 Timothy 3:16), and to Christ the relative refers) are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden.” The “all” here, answers to “all” in Colossians 2:2; as “treasures” answer to the “riches”; it is from the treasures that the riches (Colossians 2:2) are derived. “Are” is the predicate of the sentence; all the treasures ARE in Him; hidden is predicated of the state or manner in which they are in Him. Like a mine of unknown and inexhaustible wealth, the treasures of wisdom are all in Him hidden, but not in order to remain so; they only need to be explored for you to attain “unto the riches” in them (Colossians 2:2); but until you, Colossians, press after attaining the full knowledge (see on Colossians 2:2) of them, they remain “hidden.” Compare the parable, Matthew 13:44, “treasure hid.” This sense suits the scope of the apostle, and sets aside Alford’s objection that “the treasures are not hidden, but revealed.” “Hidden” plainly answers to “mystery” (Colossians 2:2), which is designed by God, if we be faithful to our privileges, not to remain hidden, but to be revealed (compare 1 Corinthians 2:7, 1 Corinthians 2:8). Still as the mine is unfathomable, there will, through eternity, be always fresh treasures in Him to be drawn forth from their hidden state.

_ _ wisdom — general, and as to experimental and practical truth; whence comes “understanding” (Colossians 2:2).

_ _ knowledgespecial and intellectual, in regard to doctrinal truth; whence comes “the full knowledge” (Colossians 2:2).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Colossians 2:3

In whom are hid all the treasures of (d) wisdom and knowledge.

(d) There is no true wisdom outside of Christ.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
In whom:
or, Wherein,
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 1:19 For it pleased [the Father] that in him should all fulness dwell;
Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable [are] his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
1 Corinthians 1:24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1 Corinthians 2:6-8 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: ... Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known [it], they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Ephesians 1:8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
Ephesians 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly [places] might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
2 Timothy 3:15-17 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. ... That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.


Colossians 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Job 28:21 Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.
Proverbs 2:4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as [for] hid treasures;
Matthew 10:26 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.
Ephesians 3:9 And to make all [men] see what [is] the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
Revelation 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth [it].
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