Colossians 1:18
Good News Translation
He is the head of his body, the church; he is the source of the body's life. He is the first-born Son, who was raised from death, in order that he alone might have the first place in all things.

Contemporary English Version
He is the head of his body, which is the church. He is the very beginning, the first to be raised from death, so that he would be above all others.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he may hold the primacy:

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And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he may hold the primacy:

he is.

Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ, in my flesh, for his body, which is the church:

Colossians 2:10-14 And you are filled in him, who is the head of all principality and power. . . .

1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ: and the head of the woman is the man: and the head of Christ is God.

Ephesians 1:10,22,23 In the dispensation of the fulness of times, to re-establish all things in Christ, that are in heaven and on earth, in him. . . .

Ephesians 4:15,16 But doing the truth in charity, we may in all things grow up in him who is the head, even Christ: . . .

Ephesians 5:23 Because the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church. He is the saviour of his body.

the beginning.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word: and the Word was with God: and the Word was God.

1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and our hands have handled, of the word of life.

Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, saith the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

Revelation 3:14 And to the angel of the church of Laodicea write: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, who is the beginning of the creation of God:

Revelation 21:6 And he said to me: It is done. I am Alpha and Omega: the Beginning and the End. To him that thirsteth, I will give of the fountain of the water of life, freely.

Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

the firstborn.

John 11:25,26 Jesus said to her: I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, although he be dead, shall live: . . .

Acts 26:23 That Christ should suffer and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead and should shew light to the people and to the Gentiles.

1 Corinthians 15:20-23 But now Christ is risen from the dead, the firstfruits of them that sleep: . . .

Revelation 1:5,18 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the first begotten of the dead and the prince of the kings of the earth, who hath loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood . . .

in all.

Psalm 45:2-5 Thou art beautiful above the sons of men: grace is poured abroad in thy lips; therefore hath God blessed thee for ever. . . .

Psalm 89:27 And I will make him my firstborn, high above the kings of the earth.

Songs 5:10 My beloved is white and ruddy, chosen out of thousands.

Isaiah 52:13 Behold my servant shall understand, he shall be exalted, and extolled, and shall be exceeding high.

Matthew 23:8 But be not you called Rabbi. For one is your master: and all you are brethren.

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.

John 1:16,27 And of his fulness we all have received: and grace for grace. . . .

John 3:29-31,34,35 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, who standeth and heareth Him, rejoiceth with joy because of the bridegroom's voice. This my joy therefore is fulfilled. . . .

Romans 8:29 For whom he foreknew, he also predestinated to be made conformable to the image of his Son: that he might be the Firstborn amongst many brethren.

1 Corinthians 15:25 For he must reign, until he hath put all his enemies under his feet.

Hebrews 1:5,6 For to which of the angels hath he said at any time: Thou art my Son, to-day have I begotten thee? And again: I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? . . .

Revelation 5:9-13 And they sung a new canticle, saying: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to take the book and to open the seals thereof: because thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God, in thy blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation: . . .

Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded the trumpet: and there were great voices in heaven, saying: The kingdom of this world is become our Lord's and his Christ's, and he shall reign for ever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 21:23,24 And the city hath no need of the sun, nor of the moon, to shine in it. For the glory of God hath enlightened it: and the Lamb is the lamp thereof. . . .

Context
The Supremacy of Christ
17And he is before all: and by him all things consist. 18And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he may hold the primacy: 19Because in him, it hath well pleased the Father that all fulness should dwell:…
Cross References
Psalm 89:27
And I will make him my firstborn, high above the kings of the earth.

Acts 26:23
That Christ should suffer and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead and should shew light to the people and to the Gentiles.

Romans 8:29
For whom he foreknew, he also predestinated to be made conformable to the image of his Son: that he might be the Firstborn amongst many brethren.

1 Corinthians 11:3
But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ: and the head of the woman is the man: and the head of Christ is God.

1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ and members of member.

Ephesians 1:22
And he hath subjected all things under his feet and hath made him head over all the church,

Ephesians 1:23
Which is his body and the fulness of him who is filled all in all.

Colossians 1:24
Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ, in my flesh, for his body, which is the church:

Colossians 2:19
And not holding the head, from which the whole body, by joints and bands, being supplied with nourishment and compacted, groweth into the increase of God.

Revelation 1:5
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the first begotten of the dead and the prince of the kings of the earth, who hath loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood

Revelation 3:14
And to the angel of the church of Laodicea write: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, who is the beginning of the creation of God:

Additional Translations
And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and firstborn from among the dead, so that in all things He may have preeminence.

And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, firstborn out from the dead, so that He might be holding preeminence in all things,

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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,
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