1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,2To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ at Colos'sae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.3We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,4because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love which you have for all the saints,5because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel6which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing — so among yourselves, from the day you heard and understood the grace of God in truth,7as you learned it from Ep'aphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf8and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
8But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God for ever and ever.9I will thank thee for ever, because thou hast done it. I will proclaim thy name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly.
38And he arose and left the synagogue, and entered Simon's house. Now Simon's mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they besought him for her.39And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her; and immediately she rose and served them.40Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them.41And demons also came out of many, crying, "You are the Son of God!" But he rebuked them, and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.42And when it was day he departed and went into a lonely place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them;43but he said to them, "I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose."44And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.