He is the image of the invisible God , the firstborn of all creation . For by [ a ] him all things were created , in heaven and on earth , visible and invisible , whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him . And he is before all things , and in him all things hold together . And he is the head of the body , the church . He is the beginning , the firstborn from the dead , that in everything he might be preeminent . For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell , and through him to reconcile to himself all things , whether on earth or in heaven , making peace by the blood of his cross .
And you , who once were alienated and hostile in mind , doing evil deeds , he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death , in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him , if indeed you continue in the faith , stable and steadfast , not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard , which has been proclaimed in all creation [ b ] under heaven , and of which I , Paul , became a minister .
ὅς ἐστιν εἰκὼν τοῦ Θεοῦ τοῦ ἀοράτου , πρωτότοκος πάσης κτίσεως , ὅτι ἐν αὐτῷ ἐκτίσθη τὰ πάντα , τὰ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς καὶ τὰ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς , τὰ ὁρατὰ καὶ τὰ ἀόρατα , εἴτε θρόνοι εἴτε κυριότητες εἴτε ἀρχαὶ εἴτε ἐξουσίαι · τὰ πάντα δι᾽ αὐτοῦ καὶ εἰς αὐτὸν ἔκτισται · καὶ αὐτός ἐστι πρὸ πάντων , καὶ τὰ πάντα ἐν αὐτῷ συνέστηκε , καὶ αὐτός ἐστιν ἡ κεφαλὴ τοῦ σώματος , τῆς ἐκκλησίας · ὅς ἐστιν ἀρχή , πρωτότοκος ἐκ τῶν νεκρῶν , ἵνα γένηται ἐν πᾶσιν αὐτὸς πρωτεύων , ὅτι ἐν αὐτῷ εὐδόκησε πᾶν τὸ πλήρωμα κατοικῆσαι καὶ δι᾽ αὐτοῦ ἀποκαταλλάξαι τὰ πάντα εἰς αὐτόν , εἰρηνοποιήσας διὰ τοῦ αἵματος τοῦ σταυροῦ αὐτοῦ , δι᾽ αὐτοῦ εἴτε τὰ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς εἴτε τὰ ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς . καὶ ὑμᾶς ποτε ὄντας ἀπηλλοτριωμένους καὶ ἐχθροὺς τῇ διανοίᾳ ἐν τοῖς ἔργοις τοῖς πονηροῖς , νυνὶ δὲ ἀποκατήλλαξεν ἐν τῷ σώματι τῆς σαρκὸς αὐτοῦ διὰ τοῦ θανάτου , παραστῆσαι ὑμᾶς ἁγίους καὶ ἀμώμους καὶ ἀνεγκλήτους κατενώπιον αὐτοῦ , εἴ γε ἐπιμένετε τῇ πίστει τεθεμελιωμένοι καὶ ἑδραῖοι καὶ μὴ μετακινούμενοι ἀπὸ τῆς ἐλπίδος τοῦ εὐαγγελίου οὗ ἠκούσατε , τοῦ κηρυχθέντος ἐν πάσῃ τῇ κτίσει τῇ ὑπὸ τὸν οὐρανόν , οὗ ἐγενόμην ἐγὼ Παῦλος διάκονος .
Who is the image of the invisible God , the firstborn of every creature :
For by him were all things created , that are in heaven , and that are in earth , visible and invisible , whether they be thrones , or dominions , or principalities , or powers : all things were created by him , and for him :
And he is before all things , and by him all things consist .
And he is the head of the body , the church : who is the beginning , the firstborn from the dead ; that in all things he might have the preeminence .
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell ;
And , having made peace through the blood of his cross , by him to reconcile all things unto himself ; by him , I say , whether they be things in earth , or things in heaven .
And you , that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works , yet now hath he reconciled
In the body of his flesh through death , to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight :
If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled , and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel , which ye have heard , and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven ; whereof I Paul am made a minister ;