Colossians 1:19
New International Version
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,

New Living Translation
For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,

English Standard Version
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,

Berean Study Bible
For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him,

Berean Literal Bible
because all the fullness was pleased to dwell in Him,

New American Standard Bible
For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him,

King James Bible
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

Christian Standard Bible
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,

Contemporary English Version
God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son.

Good News Translation
For it was by God's own decision that the Son has in himself the full nature of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him,

International Standard Version
For God was pleased to have all of his divine essence inhabit him.

NET Bible
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in the Son

New Heart English Bible
For all the fullness was pleased to dwell in him,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For in him All Fullness is pleased to dwell,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God was pleased to have all of himself live in Christ.

New American Standard 1977
For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fulness to dwell in Him,

Jubilee Bible 2000
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell

King James 2000 Bible
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;

American King James Version
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;

American Standard Version
For it was the good pleasure of the Father that in him should all the fulness dwell;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because in him, it hath well pleased the Father, that all fullness should dwell;

Darby Bible Translation
for in him all the fulness [of the Godhead] was pleased to dwell,

English Revised Version
For it was the good pleasure of the Father that in him should all the fulness dwell;

Webster's Bible Translation
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;

Weymouth New Testament
For it was the Father's gracious will that the whole of the divine perfections should dwell in Him.

World English Bible
For all the fullness was pleased to dwell in him;

Young's Literal Translation
because in him it did please all the fulness to tabernacle,
Study Bible
The Supremacy of Christ
18And 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. 19For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, 20and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through the blood of His cross.…
Cross References
John 1:16
From His fullness we have all received grace upon grace.

1 Corinthians 1:21
For since in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

Ephesians 1:5
He predestined us for adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Colossians 2:9
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity dwells in bodily form.

Treasury of Scripture

For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;

Colossians 2:3,9
In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge…

Colossians 3:11
Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

Matthew 11:25-27
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes…







Lexicon
For
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

[God] was pleased [to have]
εὐδόκησεν (eudokēsen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2106: To be well-pleased, think it good, be resolved. From eu and dokeo; to think well of, i.e. Approve; specially, to approbate.

all
πᾶν (pan)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

[His]
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

fullness
πλήρωμα (plērōma)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4138: From pleroo; repletion or completion, i.e. what fills, or what is filled.

dwell
κατοικῆσαι (katoikēsai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 2730: To dwell in, settle in, be established in (permanently), inhabit. From kata and oikeo; to house permanently, i.e. Reside.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

Him,
αὐτῷ (autō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.
(19) For it pleased the Father.--(1) The construction is doubtful. There is nothing corresponding to "the Father" in the original. Our rendering involves the supply of the nominative God, i.e., "the Father," or Christ to the verb, so that the sentence may run, the Father or Christ determined of His good pleasure that, &c. The supply of the nominative "Christ" is easier grammatically; but it accords ill with the invariable reference of all things, both by our Lord Himself and His Apostles, ultimately to the good pleasure of the Father. Moreover, the verb is so constantly used of God that the supply of the nominative "God," though unexampled, is far from inadmissible. The simplest grammatical construction would, indeed, be to take "the fulness" as the nominative, and render for in Him all the fulness (of God) was pleased to dwell. But the personification of "the fulness," common in Gnostic speculation, is hardly after the manner of St. Paul. Perhaps, on the whole, the rendering of our version (which is usually adopted) is to be preferred; especially as it suits better with the following verse. (2) The sense is, however, quite clear, and is enforced by Colossians 2:9, "In Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily." On the word "fulness" (pleroma), see Note on Ephesians 1:23. The "fulness of the Godhead" is the essential nature, comprising all the attributes, of Godhead. The indwelling of such Deity in the humanity of Christ is the ground of all His exaltation as the "Head," "the beginning," the "firstborn from the dead," and the triumphant King, on which St. Paul had already dwelt. By it alone can He be the true Mediator between God and man.

Verse 19.

(b) For in Him he was pleased that all the fulness should dwell; 1:15-23 Christ in his human nature, is the visible discovery of the invisible God, and he that hath seen Him hath seen the Father. Let us adore these mysteries in humble faith, and behold the glory of the Lord in Christ Jesus. He was born or begotten before all the creation, before any creature was made; which is the Scripture way of representing eternity, and by which the eternity of God is represented to us. All things being created by Him, were created for him; being made by his power, they were made according to his pleasure, and for his praise and glory. He not only created them all at first, but it is by the word of his power that they are upheld. Christ as Mediator is the Head of the body, the church; all grace and strength are from him; and the church is his body. All fulness dwells in him; a fulness of merit and righteousness, of strength and grace for us. God showed his justice in requiring full satisfaction. This mode of redeeming mankind by the death of Christ was most suitable. Here is presented to our view the method of being reconciled. And that, notwithstanding the hatred of sin on God's part, it pleased God to reconcile fallen man to himself. If convinced that we were enemies in our minds by wicked works, and that we are now reconciled to God by the sacrifice and death of Christ in our nature, we shall not attempt to explain away, nor yet think fully to comprehend these mysteries; but we shall see the glory of this plan of redemption, and rejoice in the hope set before us. If this be so, that God's love is so great to us, what shall we do now for God? Be frequent in prayer, and abound in holy duties; and live no more to yourselves, but to Christ. Christ died for us. But wherefore? That we should still live in sin? No; but that we should die to sin, and live henceforth not to ourselves, but to Him.
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