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Colossians 1:4

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

Colossians 2:5

Context
2:5 For though 2  I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit, rejoicing to see 3  your morale 4  and the firmness of your faith in Christ.

1 tn The adverbial participle ἀκούσαντες (akousante") is understood to be temporal and translated with “since.” A causal idea may also be in the apostle’s mind, but the context emphasizes temporal ideas, e.g., “from the day” (v. 6).

2 tn The conditional particle εἰ (ei) together with καί (kai) here indicates a first class condition in Greek and carries a concessive force, especially when seen in contrast to the following phrase which begins with ἀλλά (alla).

3 tn Grk “rejoicing and seeing.”

4 tn The Greek word τάξις can mean “order,” “discipline,” or even “unbroken ranks” (REB).



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