Parallel Verses

Lexham Expanded Bible

and he himself is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he himself may become first in everything,

New American Standard Bible

He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.

King James Version

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.

Holman Bible

He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything.

International Standard Version

He is also the head of the body, which is the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he himself might have first place in everything.

A Conservative Version

And he is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might become preeminent in all things.

American Standard Version

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.

Amplified

He also is the Head of [His] body, the church; seeing He is the Beginning, the Firstborn from among the dead, so that He alone in everything and in every respect might occupy the chief place [stand first and be preeminent].

An Understandable Version

And He is the head of the [spiritual] body, the church. He is [its] source, the firstborn One from the dead [i.e., the first one to return to life, never to die again], so that He could rank first [in importance] over all things.

Anderson New Testament

and he is the head of the body, the church: and he is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in all things he might be preeminent;

Bible in Basic English

And he is the head of the body, the church: the starting point of all things, the first to come again from the dead; so that in all things he might have the chief place.

Common New Testament

And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might have the first place in everything.

Daniel Mace New Testament

he himself is the head of the church, which is his body. he is the prince, the first-born from the dead, that in all things he might be chief.

Darby Translation

And he is the head of the body, the assembly; who is the beginning, firstborn from among the dead, that he might have the first place in all things:

Godbey New Testament

and himself is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first begotten from the dead, in order that in all things himself may be preeminent:

Goodspeed New Testament

He is the head of the church, it is his body; for he is the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead??hat he might come to stand first in everything.

John Wesley New Testament

who is the beginning, the first-begotten from the dead, that in all things he might have the pre-eminence.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

And he is the head of the body, the congregation , who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Julia Smith Translation

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that he might be the first in all

King James 2000

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.

Modern King James verseion

And He is the Head of the body, the church, who is the Beginning, the First-born from the dead, that He may be pre-eminent in all things.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

And he is the head of the body, that is, to wit, of the congregation: he is the beginning and first begotten of the dead, that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Moffatt New Testament

Also, he is the head of the Body, that is, of the church, in virtue of his primacy as the first to be born from the dead ??that gives him pre-eminence over all.

Montgomery New Testament

He is the head of his Body, the Church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, in order that in all things he may become preeminent.

NET Bible

He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that he himself may become first in all things.

New Heart English Bible

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.

Noyes New Testament

And he is the head of the body, the church; since he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that he may be in all things preeminent;

Sawyer New Testament

and he is the head of the body, the church; who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that he might himself be preeminent in all things,

The Emphasized Bible

And, he, is the head of the body, the assembly, Who is the beginning, Firstborn from among the dead, in order that, he, might become, in all things, himself, pre-eminent; -

Thomas Haweis New Testament

And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the first begotten from the dead, that he might be in all things pre-eminent.

Twentieth Century New Testament

And he is the Head of the Church, which is his Body. The First-born from the dead, he is to the Church the Source of its Life, that he, in all things, may stand first.

Webster

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; that in all things he may have the pre-eminence.

Weymouth New Testament

Moreover He is the Head of His Body, the Church. He is the Beginning, the Firstborn from among the dead, in order that He Himself may in all things occupy the foremost place.

Williams New Testament

Yes, He is the Head of the church as His body. For He is the beginning, the first-born among the dead, so that He alone should stand first in everything.

World English Bible

He is the head of the body, the assembly, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Worrell New Testament

And He is the Head of the body, the assembly; Who is the Beginning, the First-born from the dead, that in all things He may be preeminent;

Worsley New Testament

And He is the head of the body, which is the church: who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in all things He might have the pre-eminence.

Youngs Literal Translation

And himself is the head of the body -- the assembly -- who is a beginning, a first-born out of the dead, that he might become in all things -- himself -- first,

Verse Picture

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
And

and, also, even, both, then, so, likewise, not tr., , vr and
Usage: 0

he

Usage: 0

is
ἐστί 
Esti 
ἐστί 
Esti 
is, are, was, be, have, not tr, , vr is
is, are, was, be, have, not tr, , vr is
Usage: 585
Usage: 585

the head
κεφαλή 
Kephale 
Usage: 63

of the body
σῶμα 
Soma 
Usage: 123

the church
ἐκκλησία 
Ekklesia 
Usage: 93

who
ὅς ἥ ὅ 
Hos 
Usage: 980

the beginning
ἀρχή 
Arche 
Usage: 42

the firstborn
πρωτοτόκος 
Prototokos 
Usage: 9

ἐκ ἐξ 
Ek 
of, from, out of, by, on, with,
Usage: 709

the dead
νεκρός 
Nekros 
Usage: 105

ἵνα 
Hina 
that, to,
Usage: 472

in
ἐν 
En 
in, by, with, among, at, on, through,
Usage: 2128

all
πᾶς 
Pas 
Usage: 704

things he

Usage: 0

γίνομαι 
Ginomai 
be, come to pass, be made, be done, come, become, God forbid , arise, have, be fulfilled, be married to, be preferred, not tr, , vr done
Usage: 531

Devotionals

Devotionals about Colossians 1:18

Images Colossians 1:18

Prayers for Colossians 1:18

Context Readings

Prayer For Maturity Based On Christ's Preeminence

17 and he himself is before all [things], and in him all [things] are held together, 18 and he himself is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he himself may become first in everything, 19 because he was well pleased [for] all the fullness to dwell in him,



Cross References

Ephesians 1:22-23

and he subjected all [things] under his feet and gave him [as] head over all [things] to the church,

Revelation 1:5

and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and released us from our sins by his blood

Acts 26:23

that the Christ was to suffer [and] that [as] the first of the resurrection from the dead, he was going to proclaim light both to the people and to the Gentiles."

John 3:29-31

The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. But the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices {greatly} because of the bridegroom's voice. So this joy of mine is complete.

1 Corinthians 11:3

But I want you to know that Christ is the head of every man, and the man [is the] head of the woman, and [the] head of Christ [is] God.

Ephesians 4:15-16

But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow into him [with reference to] all [things], who is the head, Christ,

Ephesians 5:23

because [the] husband is [the] head of the wife, as also Christ [is the] head of the church (he himself [being the] Savior of the body).

Revelation 3:14

"And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: "This is what the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the originator of God's creation, says:

Revelation 5:9-13

And they were singing a new song, saying, "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slaughtered, and bought [people] for God by your blood from every tribe and language and people and nation,

Revelation 11:15

And the seventh angel blew the trumpet, and there was a loud voice in heaven saying, "The kingdom of the world has become [the kingdom] of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign {forever and ever}."

Psalm 89:27

I will also make him [the] firstborn, [the] highest of [the] kings of [the] earth.

Isaiah 52:13

Look, my servant shall achieve success; he shall be exalted, and he shall be lifted up, and he shall be very high.

Matthew 23:8

But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' because one is your teacher, and you are all brothers,

Matthew 28:18

And Jesus approached [and] spoke to them, saying, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:16

For from his fullness we have all received, and grace after grace.

John 1:27

the one who comes after me, of whom I am not worthy {to untie} the strap of his sandal!"

John 3:34-35

For [the one] whom God sent speaks the words of God, for he does not give the Spirit by measure.

John 11:25-26

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live,

Romans 8:29

because [those] whom he foreknew, he also predestined [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, so that he should be the firstborn among many brothers.

1 Corinthians 15:20-23

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

1 Corinthians 15:25

For it is necessary for him to reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.

Ephesians 1:10

for the administration of the fullness of times, to bring together all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in him

Colossians 1:24

Now I rejoice in my sufferings on behalf of you, and I fill up in my flesh what is lacking of the afflictions of Christ, on behalf of his body which is the church,

Colossians 2:10-14

and you are filled in him, who is the head over every ruler and authority,

Hebrews 1:5-6

For to which of the angels did he ever say, "You are my son, today I have begotten you," and again, "I will be {his father}, and he will be {my son}"?

1 John 1:1

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and our hands have touched, concerning the word of life--

Revelation 1:8

I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, the one who is and the one who was and the one who is coming, the All-Powerful.

Revelation 1:18

and the one who lives, and I was dead, and behold, I am living {forever and ever}, and I hold the keys of death and of Hades.

Revelation 21:6

And he said to me, "It is done! I [am] the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give [water] from the spring of the water of life freely.

Revelation 21:23-24

And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon, that they shine on it, for the glory of God illuminates it, and its lamp [is] the Lamb.

Revelation 22:13

I [am] the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end."

Psalm 45:2-5

You are [the most] handsome of [the] sons of humankind; grace is poured out on your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever.

Song of Songs 5:10

My beloved [is] radiant and {ruddy}, distinguished {among} ten thousand.

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