Colossians 1:13
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New International Version
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

New Living Translation
For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son,

English Standard Version
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,

New American Standard Bible
For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,

King James Bible
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.

International Standard Version
God has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of the Son whom he loves,

NET Bible
He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son he loves,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he has saved us from the power of darkness and brought us into The Kingdom of his Beloved Son;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of his Son, whom he loves.

Jubilee Bible 2000
who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son,

King James 2000 Bible
Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

American King James Version
Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

American Standard Version
who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love,

Darby Bible Translation
who has delivered us from the authority of darkness, and translated [us] into the kingdom of the Son of his love:

English Revised Version
who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love;

Webster's Bible Translation
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his beloved Son:

Weymouth New Testament
It is God who has delivered us out of the dominion of darkness, and has transferred us into the Kingdom of His dearly-loved Son,

World English Bible
who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love;

Young's Literal Translation
who did rescue us out of the authority of the darkness, and did translate us into the reign of the Son of His love,
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 13. - Who (sc. the Father) rescued us from the dominion of the darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love (Ephesians 5:8; Ephesians 6:12; Romans 7:14-8:4; 1 Corinthians 15:56, 57; 1 Thessalonians 1:9, 10; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 1:5-7; 1 John 2:7-11). To "rescue" (ῤύομαι: 1 Thessalonians 1:10; Romans 7:24; 2 Corinthians 1:10; 2 Timothy 4:17, 18, - to be carefully distinguished from other Greek verbs rendered "deliver") implies the evil state of the rescued, the superior power of the rescuer, and a conflict issuing in deliverance. St. Paul repeatedly associates the figure of darkness with the language of warfare (Ephesians 6:12; Romans 13:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:8; comp. John 1:5, R.V. margin). "Dominion of darkness" - same as "dominion of Satan" (Acts 26:18). Αξουσία, as distinguished from δύναμις ("power," vers. 11, 29), is "right," "authority" (comp. 1 Corinthians 9:4-6; John 1:12;. 17:2): the power of Satan is not mere external force, but takes the form of established and (as it were) legalized dominion (1 Corinthians 15:56; Luke 4:6; John 12:31). "The darkness" is precisely opposed to "the light" (ver. 12), being the region of falsehood and hatred, whether in this world or outside of it, where Satan rules (Ephesians 6:12; Ephesians 5:8, 11; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 John 2:8-11; Matthew 8:12; Luke 22:53; John 3:19, 20; John 12:35). To "translate" (μεθίστημι) is to remove from one place, office, etc., to another; Josephus ('Ant.,' 9:11, 1) uses it of the deportation of the Israelites by the Assyrian king. The Father, rescuing his captive children, brings them "into the kingdom of the Son of his love." Here we touch the central and governing idea of this Epistle, that of the supreme lordship of Christ (vers. 15-20; Colossians 2:6, 10, 19, etc.); and this passage affords a clue which will, we trust, guide us through some of the greatest difficulties which follow. (On "the kingdom of the Son," comp. Ephesians 1:20-23; Philippians 2:6-11; Romans 14:9; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 Corinthians 15:24 28; Hebrews 1:1-4; Hebrews 2:5-10; Revelation 1:5-7, 18; Revelation 5, etc.; John 5:22-27; John 17:2; John 18:36; Matthew 25:31-46; Matthew 28:18-20.) Only here and in Ephesians 5:5; 2 Timothy 4:1, 18; 1 Corinthians 15:24, 25, does the apostle speak of the kingdom as Christ's; otherwise as God's (and future). The "Son of his love" is not simply the "beloved Son" (Ephesians 1:6; Matthew 3:17, etc.), but the representative and depositary of his love: "Who is his love made manifest" (Augustine, Lightfoot; see ver. 2, note; John 3:16; John 17:26; 1 John 4:8, 9, 14-16; Ephesians 2:4; Titus 3:4-6; Romans 5:8), being at once our "Redeemer King "(ver. 13, 14) and the" Image of the invisible God" (ver. 15).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness,.... That is, from the power of Satan; see Acts 26:18, who, though once an angel of light, is now darkness itself, and is reserved in chains of darkness; he is a ruler of the darkness of this world; his kingdom is a kingdom of darkness; and he blinds the minds of them that believe not, keeps them in darkness, and increases the natural darkness of their minds; he delights in works of darkness, and tempts men to them; and his everlasting state and portion will be blackness of darkness: his power over men, in a state of unregeneracy, which he usurps, and is suffered to exercise, is very great; he works effectually in them, and leads them captive at his will; and nothing less than the power of God, who is stronger than the strong man armed, can deliver out of his hands; and which is at least one part of the mercy for which thanks are here given; See Gill on Luke 22:53; with the Jews, one of the names of Satan is "darkness" (e). Moreover, the darkness of sin, ignorance, and unbelief, with which God's elect, while in a state of nature, are surrounded, and, as it were shut up and imprisoned, so that they have not the least spark of true spiritual light and knowledge, may be also meant; under the power of which they are to such a degree, that they know nothing of God in Christ, of the way of salvation by him, or of the work of the Spirit on their souls, or of the doctrines of the Gospel in an experimental manner; and so they continue, till, by an almighty power, they are turned from darkness to light; when, by powerful grace, they are plucked as brands out of the burning, and delivered from wrath to come, and from that utter darkness of misery and destruction their ways of sin and darkness led and exposed them to. This deliverance is wrought out for them in the effectual calling, when they are internally called, and powerfully brought out of this darkness, by introducing light into them, revealing Christ in them, causing the prince of darkness to flee from them, and the scales of darkness and blindness to fall from their eyes; and which is both an instance or the wonderful grace of God, and of his almighty power, and in which lies in part the saints' meetness for the inheritance; for these words are, in some sort, explanative of the former; for so long as a person is under the power of darkness, he cannot be meet for an inheritance which is in light: it follows, as another branch of this mercy, for which thanks are given,

and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son; not into the kingdom of glory; for though the saints are heirs of it, and rejoice in hope of it, they have not yet an entrance into it; which they will have abundantly when Christ shall introduce them into it, not only as his Father's, but as his own kingdom and glory: but the kingdom of grace is here meant, or that state of grace, light, and life, which such are brought into, when rescued out of Satan's hands, and recovered out of their former state of ignorance and infidelity; when they are by the drawings of the Father, by his powerful and efficacious grace, brought to Christ, and, in the day his power on their souls, are made willing to submit to his righteousness, and to embrace him as the alone Saviour and Redeemer, and be subject to him as King of saints, observing his commands, keeping his ordinances, and walking in his statutes and judgments with other saints, in a Gospel church state; which is Christ's kingdom here on earth, where he reigns as King over God's holy hill of Zion, being set there by his Father, from whom he has received this kingdom, and will deliver it to him, when it is complete and perfect. Now those whom Jehovah the Father snatches out of Satan's hands, and breaks in upon their souls with divine light and knowledge, he brings into such a state, and into this kingdom of Christ, who is called "his dear Son": or "the Son of his love"; or "his Son of love"; who being his Son by nature, of the same nature with him, and equal to him, always was, is, and will be, the object of his love, complacency, and delight; as he cannot be otherwise, since he is the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person; and even as this Son of his is in an office capacity, as the Mediator between God and man, he is his elect, in whom his soul delights; and he is always well pleased with all the chosen ones in him, who are the sons of God through him, and always beloved in him. This clause is added, partly to distinguish the kingdom of Christ, into which the saints are brought in this life, from the kingdom of the Father, or the ultimate glory they shall possess hereafter; and partly to express the security of the saints, and their continuance in the love of God, being in the kingdom, and under the care and government of the Son of his love; and also to make way for what the apostle has further to discourse concerning the person, office, and grace of Christ, in the following verses,

(e) Shirhashirim Rabba, fol. 25. 4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. from—Greek, "out of the power," out of the sphere in which his power is exercised.

darkness—blindness, hatred, misery [Bengel].

translated—Those thus translated as to state, are also transformed as to character. Satan has an organized dominion with various orders of powers of evil (Eph 2:2; 6:12). But the term "kingdom" is rarely applied to his usurped rule (Mt 12:26); it is generally restricted to the kingdom of God.

his dear Son—rather as Greek, "the Son of His love": the Son on whom His love rests (Joh 17:26; Eph 1:6): contrasted with the "darkness" where all is hatred and hateful.

Colossians 1:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Thanksgiving and Prayer
12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. 13For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Cross References
Isaiah 60:2
See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.

Acts 26:18
to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'

2 Corinthians 11:14
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

Ephesians 1:6
to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

Ephesians 5:5
For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person--such a person is an idolater--has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Ephesians 6:12
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Treasury of Scripture

Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

delivered.

Isaiah 49:24,25 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered…

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall …

Matthew 12:29,30 Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his …

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

Hebrews 2:14 For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, …

the power.

Luke 22:53 When I was daily with you in the temple, you stretched forth no hands …

John 12:31,32 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world …

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which …

Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life …

Ephesians 5:8 For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: …

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

1 John 2:8 Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in him …

1 John 3:8 He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the …

and.

Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will …

John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that hears my word, and believes on …

Romans 6:17-22 But God be thanked, that you were the servants of sin…

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of …

2 Corinthians 6:17,18 Why come out from among them, and be you separate, said the Lord, …

Ephesians 2:3-10 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the …

1 Thessalonians 2:12 That you would walk worthy of God, who has called you to his kingdom and glory.

Titus 3:3-6 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

2 Peter 1:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly into the …

1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the …

the kingdom.

Psalm 2:6,7 Yet have I set my king on my holy hill of Zion…

Isaiah 9:6,7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government …

Daniel 7:13,14 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man …

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: …

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed …

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, …

1 Corinthians 15:23-25 But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward …

his dear Son. Gr. the Son of his love.

Isaiah 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; …

Matthew 3:17 And see a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom …

Matthew 17:5 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and …

John 3:35 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand.

John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom you have given me, be with me …

Ephesians 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted …

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