Colossians 1:9
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English Standard Version
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

King James Bible
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

American Standard Version
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it , do not cease to pray and make request for you, that ye may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore we also, from the day that we heard it, cease not to pray for you, and to beg that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will, in all wisdom, and spiritual understanding:

English Revised Version
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray and make request for you, that ye may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

Webster's Bible Translation
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

Weymouth New Testament
For this reason we also, from the day we first received these tidings, have never ceased to pray for you and to entreat that you may be filled with a clear knowledge of His will accompanied by thorough wisdom and discernment in spiritual things;

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Vincent's Word Studies

We also

Marking the reciprocal feeling of Paul and Timothy with that of the Colossians.

Pray - desire (προσευχόμενοι - αἰτούμενοι)

The words occur together in Mark 11:24. The former is general, the latter special. Rev. make request is better than desire. The A.V. renders indiscriminately ask and desire. Rev. alters desire to ask. Desire in the sense of ask occurs in Shakespeare and Spenser.

Knowledge (ἐπίγνωσιν)

See on Romans 3:20; see on Plm 1:6. Full knowledge. See Romans 1:21, Romans 1:28; 1 Corinthians 13:12, where Paul contrasts γινώσκειν to know γνῶσις knowledge, with ἐπιγινώσκειν to know fully, ἐπίγνωσις full knowledge. Here appropriate to the knowledge of God in Christ as the perfection of knowledge.

Wisdom and spiritual understanding (σοφίᾳ καὶ συνέσει πνευματικῇ)

Rev., better, applies spiritual to both - spiritual wisdom and understanding. The kindred adjectives σοφός wise and συνετός prudent, occur together, Matthew 11:25; Luke 10:21. For σοφία wisdom, see on Romans 11:33, and on wise, James 3:13. For σύνεσις understanding, see on Mark 12:33, and see on prudent, Matthew 11:25. The distinction is between general and special. Understanding is the critical apprehension of particulars growing out of wisdom, which apprehension is practically applied by φρόνησις prudence, see on Luke 1:17; see on Ephesians 1:8. Spiritual is emphatic, as contrasted with the vain philosophy of false teachers.

Colossians 1:9 Parallel Commentaries

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since.

Colossians 1:3,4,6 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you...

Romans 1:8-10 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world...

Ephesians 1:15,16 Why I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love to all the saints...

do.

1 Samuel 12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you...

Acts 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church to God for him.

Philippians 1:4 Always in every prayer of my for you all making request with joy,

1 Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ...

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

2 Thessalonians 1:11 Why also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness...

2 Timothy 1:3,4 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience...

Philemon 1:4 I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers,

that ye.

1 Corinthians 1:5 That in every thing you are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

Ephesians 1:15-20 Why I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love to all the saints...

Ephesians 3:14-19 For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ...

Philippians 1:9-11 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment...

of his.

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers...

Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do your will; for you are my God: your spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good...

Ephesians 5:10,17 Proving what is acceptable to the Lord...

Ephesians 6:6 Not with eye-service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise.

Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ...

1 Peter 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

1 Peter 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

1 John 2:17 And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God stays for ever.

wisdom.

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs...

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

Psalm 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for your testimonies are my meditation.

Ephesians 1:8 Wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him.

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits...

spiritual.

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true...

Cross References
1 Samuel 12:23
Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way.

Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Ephesians 1:16
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,

Ephesians 1:17
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,

Ephesians 5:17
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Philippians 1:9
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,

Colossians 1:4
since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints,

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