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Colossians 2:9 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— for in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily,
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For in him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Because, in him, dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead, bodily,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— because in him doth tabernacle all the fulness of the Godhead bodily,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead corporeally.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For in him dwelleth all the fulnesse of the Godhead bodily.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— in whom dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— in whom dwelleth all the fullness of the Divinity corporeally.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 3754
{3754} Prime
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
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.
him 846
{0846} Prime
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.
dwelleth 2730
{2730} Prime
From G2596 and G3611; to house permanently, that is, reside (literally or figuratively).
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
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).
fulness 4138
{4138} Prime
From G4137; repletion or completion, that is, (subjectively) what fills (as contents, supplement, copiousness, multitude), or (objectively) what is filled (as container, performance, period).
of 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).
Godhead 2320
{2320} Prime
From G2316; divinity (abstractly).
bodily. 4985
{4985} Prime
Adverb from G4984; corporeally or physically.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Colossians 2:9

_ _ For — “Because.” Their “philosophy” (Colossians 2:8) is not “after Christ,” as all true philosophy is, everything which comes not from, and tends not to, Him, being a delusion; “For in Him (alone) dwelleth” as in a temple, etc.

_ _ the fulness — (Colossians 1:19; John 14:10).

_ _ of the Godhead — The Greek (theotes) means the ESSENCE and NATURE of the Godhead, not merely the divine perfections and attributes of Divinity (Greek,theiotes”). He, as man, was not merely God-like, but in the fullest sense, God.

_ _ bodily — not merely as before His incarnation, but now “bodily in Him” as the incarnate word (John 1:14, John 1:18). Believers, by union with Him, partake of His fullness of the divine nature (John 1:16; 2 Peter 1:4; see on Ephesians 3:19).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Colossians 2:4-12.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Colossians 2:9

For in him dwelleth — Inhabiteth, continually abideth, all the fulness of the Godhead. Believers are "filled with all the fulness of God," Ephesians 3:19. But in Christ dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead; the most full Godhead; not only divine powers, but divine nature, Colossians 1:19. Bodily — Personally, really, substantially. The very substance of God, if one might so speak, dwells in Christ in the most full sense.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Colossians 2:9

(8) For in (l) him (m) dwelleth (n) all the fulness of the Godhead (o) bodily.

(8) A reason: because only Christ, being God and man, is most perfect, and passes far above all things, so that whoever has him, requires nothing more.

(l) By these words is shown a distinction of the natures.

(m) This word "dwelleth" notes out to us the joining together of those natures, so that God and man, is one Christ.

(n) These words declare that the perfect Godhead is in Christ.

(o) The union of God and man, is substantial and essential.

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Colossians 2:2-3 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; ... In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Colossians 1:19 For it pleased [the Father] that in him should all fulness dwell;
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
John 10:30 I and [my] Father are one.
John 10:38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father [is] in me, and I in him.
John 14:9-10 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father? ... Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
John 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I [am] in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
2 Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.


Luke 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body.
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