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Translation of Colossians 1:15-23

Time for my second translation. This week I chose Colossians 1:15-23 with a little help from Ari who commented with some Christological hymns that he thought I should think about translating.

Again, I chose to go with a fairly literal translation, and I believe this will be the norm. This is not because I believe that other translations are not good. It is mainly to help me, and I work better with literal translations (although I use dynamic translations often to supplement the literal).

Here we go:

15  ὅς ἐστιν εἰκὼν τοῦ θεοῦ τοῦ ἀοράτου, πρωτότοκος πάσης κτίσεως,

He is the image of the invisible God, firstborn of all created things;

16  ὅτι ἐν αὐτῷ ἐκτίσθη τὰ πάντα ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς καὶ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, τὰ ὁρατὰ καὶ τὰ ἀόρατα, εἴτε θρόνοι εἴτε κυριότητες εἴτε ἀρχαὶ εἴτε ἐξουσίαι· τὰ πάντα δι᾽ αὐτοῦ καὶ εἰς αὐτὸν ἔκτισται·

by Him was created all things in the heavens and on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things through Him and for Him have been created;

17  καὶ αὐτός ἐστιν πρὸ πάντων καὶ τὰ πάντα ἐν αὐτῷ συνέστηκεν,

and He is before all things and in Him all things have held together;

18  καὶ αὐτός ἐστιν ἡ κεφαλὴ τοῦ σώματος τῆς ἐκκλησίας· ὅς ἐστιν ἀρχή, πρωτότοκος ἐκ τῶν νεκρῶν, ἵνα γένηται ἐν πᾶσιν αὐτὸς πρωτεύων,

and He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, firstborn from the dead that He might become first in all things.

19  ὅτι ἐν αὐτῷ εὐδόκησεν πᾶν τὸ πλήρωμα κατοικῆσαι

In Him all the fullness (of God) was well pleased to reside

20  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.

and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross – through Him, whether on the earth or in the heavens.

21  Καὶ ὑμᾶς ποτε ὄντας ἀπηλλοτριωμένους καὶ ἐχθροὺς τῇ διανοίᾳ ἐν τοῖς ἔργοις τοῖς πονηροῖς,

And you formerly were being estranged and hostile in mind, in evil deeds,

22  νυνὶ δὲ ἀποκατήλλαξεν ἐν τῷ σώματι τῆς σαρκὸς αὐτοῦ διὰ τοῦ θανάτου παραστῆσαι ὑμᾶς ἁγίους καὶ ἀμώμους καὶ ἀνεγκλήτους κατενώπιον αὐτοῦ,

but now He reconciled in his fleshly body through death to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable in His sight

23  εἴ γε ἐπιμένετε τῇ πίστει τεθεμελιωμένοι καὶ ἑδραῖοι καὶ μὴ μετακινούμενοι ἀπὸ τῆς ἐλπίδος τοῦ εὐαγγελίου οὗ ἠκούσατε, τοῦ κηρυχθέντος ἐν πάσῃ κτίσει τῇ ὑπὸ τὸν οὐρανόν, οὗ ἐγενόμην ἐγὼ Παῦλος διάκονος.

if indeed you continue the faith, having been established and steadfast, and not being shifted from the hope of the good news that you heard, having been proclaimed in all created things under heaven, of which I, Paul, myself became a servant.

As with last time, please let me know what you think of this translation. Questions? Comments? Complaints? I am open to changes that you think should make their way into the text. And remember, be kind as I’m just starting to translate again.

MSE

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