New American Standard Bible
strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously
King James Bible
Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
Darby Bible Translation
strengthened with all power according to the might of his glory unto all endurance and longsuffering with joy;
World English Bible
strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory, for all endurance and perseverance with joy;
Young's Literal Translation
in all might being made mighty according to the power of His glory, to all endurance and long-suffering with joy.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Strengthened with all might - This was also an object of Paul's earnest prayer. He desired that they might be strengthened for the performance of duty; to meet temptations; and to bear up under the various trials of life.
According to his glorious power - Not by any human means, but by the power of God. There is a manifestation of power in the spirit with which Christians are enabled to bear up under trials, which shows that it is not of human origin. It is the power which God gives them in the day of trial. This power is "glorious," or, as it is in the Greek, it is the "power of his glory." It is manifestly the power of the great and glorious God, and it tends to promote his glory, and to show forth his praise.
Unto all patience - So that you may be enabled to bear all your trials without complaining. It is only the power of God that can enable us to do that.
And long-suffering - Notes, 1 Corinthians 13:4.
With joyfulness - Romans 5:3, note; 2 Corinthians 7:4, note. The Syriac version, Chrysostom, and a few manuscripts attach this to the following verse, and read it: "With joyfulness giving thanks to the Father," etc. The only difference is in the pointing, and either reading makes good sense.
LibraryTwenty Fourth Sunday after Trinity Prayer and Spiritual Knowledge.
Text: Colossians 1, 3-14. 3 We give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4 having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have toward all the saints, 5 because of the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, 6 which is come unto you; even as it is also in all the world bearing fruit and increasing, as it doth in you also, since the day ye heard and knew the grace of God …
Martin Luther—Epistle Sermons, Vol. III
Saints, Believers, Brethren
1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
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