Colossians 1:11
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New International Version
being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,

New Living Translation
We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,

English Standard Version
May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,

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;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy

International Standard Version
You are being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might, so that you might patiently endure everything with joy

NET Bible
being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might for the display of all patience and steadfastness, joyfully

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And that you would be empowered with all strength according to the majesty of his glory with all patience, endurance and joy.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We ask him to strengthen you by his glorious might with all the power you need to patiently endure everything with joy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
strengthened with all might, according to the power of his glory unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness,

King James 2000 Bible
Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

American King James Version
Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, to all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness;

American Standard Version
strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory, unto all patience and longsuffering with joy;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Strengthened with all might, according to the power of his glory, in all patience and longsuffering with joy,

Darby Bible Translation
strengthened with all power according to the might of his glory unto all endurance and longsuffering with joy;

English Revised Version
strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory, unto all patience and longsuffering with joy;

Webster's Bible Translation
Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, to all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness;

Weymouth New Testament
Since His power is so glorious, may you be strengthened with strength of every kind, and be prepared for cheerfully enduring all things with patience and long-suffering;

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.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:9-14 The apostle was constant in prayer, that the believers might be filled with the knowledge of God's will, in all wisdom. Good words will not do without good works. He who undertakes to give strength to his people, is a God of power, and of glorious power. The blessed Spirit is the author of this. In praying for spiritual strength, we are not straitened, or confined in the promises, and should not be so in our hopes and desires. The grace of God in the hearts of believers is the power of God; and there is glory in this power. The special use of this strength was for sufferings. There is work to be done, even when we are suffering. Amidst all their trials they gave thanks to the Father of our Lord Jesus, whose special grace fitted them to partake of the inheritance provided for the saints. To bring about this change, those were made willing subjects of Christ, who were slaves of Satan. All who are designed for heaven hereafter, are prepared for heaven now. Those who have the inheritance of sons, have the education of sons, and the disposition of sons. By faith in Christ they enjoyed this redemption, as the purchase of his atoning blood, whereby forgiveness of sins, and all other spiritual blessings were bestowed. Surely then we shall deem it a favour to be delivered from Satan's kingdom and brought into that of Christ, knowing that all trials will soon end, and that every believer will be found among those who come out of great tribulation.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - In all power being empowered, according to the might of his glory, unto all patience and long suffering with joyfulness (vers. 24, 29; Ephesians 1:19; Ephesians 3:16; Ephesians 6:10; 1 Corinthians 16:13; 2 Timothy 1:7, 8; 2 Timothy 2:1, 3, 9, 10; 1 Peter 5:10). The same word is repeated as noun and verb (δύναμις, δυναμόω, power, empower) with a strong Hebraistic sort of emphasis (otherwise in Ephesians 3:16). In all (every kind of) power gives the mode, according to the might of his glory the measure, and unto all patience, etc., the end of this Divine strengthening. "Might" (κράτος), in distinction from power (δύναμις) and other synonyms (comp. ver. 29; Ephesians 1:19; Ephesians 6:10), implies "mastery," "sovereign sway," and, except in Hebrews 2:14 ("might of death"), is used in the New Testament only of the power of God. "Glory," as in Philippians 3:21, bears a substantive meaning of its own, and is not a mere attributive of "might." It is the splendour of God's revelations of himself, in which his might is So conspicuous. Gazing on this glory, especially as seen in Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6) and the gospel (1 Timothy 1:11, R.V.), the Christian discerns the might of him from whom it streams forth, and understands how that might is engaged in his behalf (Ephesians 1:19, 20; comp. Isaiah 40:28, 29; Isaiah 42:5, 6); and this thought fills him with invincible courage and endurance. Patience is steadfastness and stout heartedness under ill fortune (not a mere resigned patience); long suffering is gentleness of temper and magnanimity under ill treatment (comp. Colossians 3:12; and see Lightfoot, in loc., and Trench's 'Synonyms'). Christ, in his earthly life, was the supreme example of patience (2 Thessalonians 3:5, R.V.; 1 Peter 2:21-23; Hebrews 12:3, 4), which is "wrought by tribulation" (Romans 5:4): long-suffering finds its pattern in God's dealing with "the unthankful and evil" (Romans 2:4; 1 Timothy 1:16; 1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 3:15). "With joyfulness" belongs to this clause (Theodoret, Calvin, Bengel, Alford, Lightfoot) rather than the next, and lends a more vivid force to the foregoing words, while comparatively needless if prefixed to those that follow (so, however, Chrysostom, Erasmus, Meyer, Ellicott - "with joy giving thanks," etc.). This paradox is genuinely Pauline, and arises from personal experience (comp. ver. 24; Philippians 1:29; Romans 5:3; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2 Corinthians 1:4-8; 2 Corinthians 6:10; 2 Corinthians 12:9, 10).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Strengthened with all might,.... This is still a continuation of the apostle's prayer for these believers; for having prayed for an increase of spiritual knowledge, and that this might be put into practice, he proceeds to pray for strength for them, that they might be enabled to practise what they had knowledge of; to walk worthily, to please God in all things, to bring forth fruit with patience, to persevere in knowledge, practice, fruitfulness, and in an increase thereof. It implies, that believers are weak in themselves, and insufficient to do or bear anything of themselves, but stand in need of strength from above, even of "all might"; of all kind of spiritual might and strength, proportionate to the various kinds of services, temptations, and trials they are called unto, and exercised with: they have need of every kind, degree, and supply of strength, to enable them to resist the temptations of Satan, to stand against them, and bear up under them; to oppose the corruptions of their own nature, that great company which comes upon them, wars against them, threatens to carry them captive, and destroy them, and against which they have no power of their own; to bear the cross, which, without the presence and grace of Christ, is very heavy, and all afflictions and adversities of every sort, which are grievous to the flesh, and at which it recoils; to perform the various duties of religion, and the whole of the work of their generation; which though they have a will unto, yet often know not how to perform, they want renewed strength their souls; and also to persevere in faith and holiness, and hold on and out to the end: and which strength they cannot expect to have from themselves, or from any creature, but

according to his glorious power; the glorious power of God. Power belongs to God, is a perfection of his nature, and has been, and is gloriously displayed in many things; as in the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the upholding of all things in their being; in the redemption and salvation of sinners; in their faith and conversion; in supporting the saints under various trials and exercises; and in the safe keeping them through faith unto salvation: from this glorious power of God saints may hope to be supplied with all might, or a sufficient supply of strength for every service, and for every difficulty; as also from the grace that is in Christ, who has strength as well as righteousness for his people, who is the glorious power and arm of the Lord, without whom they can neither do, nor bear anything, but through him strengthening them, they can do, and bear all things; as likewise from the Spirit of the Lord, who is the finger of God, by whom Christ wrought his miracles; and is that glorious power from on high, with which the apostles being endued, did the wondrous things they did; and it is by the same Spirit that believers are strengthened with might in the inner man:

unto all patience; to bring forth fruit with patience; to run with patience the race set before them; to bear patiently all afflictions and tribulations; to wait patiently for the things promised by God, and for the coming and appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the heavenly glory or hope laid up for them in heaven:

and longsuffering; to be slow to anger, and not easily provoked to wrath; to be ready to forgive injuries; and to bear long, and with patience, all reproaches and persecutions for the sake of Christ, and his Gospel; all which require daily fresh supplies of grace and strength, especially to endure all

with joyfulness, as well as with patience and longsuffering, with a cheerful spirit, or with joy in the Holy Ghost; to esteem reproach for Christ's sake above the riches and honours of this world; to rejoice when counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. This requires strength above that of nature, and a renewed supply of that of grace. This last clause, "with joyfulness", the Syriac version connects with the following verse, reading it, "with joy do ye give thanks", &c.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. Greek, "Being made mighty with (literally, 'in') all might."

according to his glorious power—rather, "according to the power (the characteristic of 'His glory,' here appropriate to Paul's argument, Eph 1:19; 6:10; as its exuberant 'riches,' in Eph 3:16) of His glory." His power is inseparable from His glory (Ro 6:4).

unto all patience—so as to attain to all patient endurance; persevering, enduring continuance in the faith, in spite of trials of persecutors, and seductions of false teachers.

long-suffering—towards those whom one could repel. "Patience," or "endurance," is exercised in respect to those whom one cannot repel [Chrysostom].

with joyfulness—joyful endurance (Ac 16:25; Ro 5:3, 11).

Colossians 1:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Thanksgiving and Prayer
10so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously 12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

Ephesians 3:16
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

Ephesians 4:2
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Treasury of Scripture

Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, to all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness;

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Isaiah 45:24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: …

2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength …

Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to …

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

his.

Exodus 15:6 Your right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: your right …

Psalm 63:2 To see your power and your glory, so as I have seen you in the sanctuary.

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come on …

2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency …

Jude 1:25 To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and …

unto.

Proverbs 24:10 If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

Acts 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that …

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and …

Romans 5:3-5 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that …

2 Corinthians 6:4-6 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in …

2 Corinthians 12:9,10 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength …

Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing …

1 Thessalonians 3:3,4 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves …

2 Timothy 2:1-3 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus…

Hebrews 10:34-38 For you had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling …

Hebrews 11:34-38 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out …

Hebrews 12:1,2 Why seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, …

James 1:2-4 My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations…

James 5:7,8 Be patient therefore, brothers, to the coming of the Lord. Behold, …

2 Peter 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience …

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments …

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