Colossians 1:26
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English Standard Version
the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints.

King James Bible
Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

American Standard Version
even the mystery which hath been hid for ages and generations: but now hath it been manifested to his saints,

Douay-Rheims Bible
The mystery which hath been hidden from ages and generations, but now is manifested to his saints,

English Revised Version
even the mystery which hath been hid from all ages and generations: but now hath it been manifested to his saints,

Webster's Bible Translation
Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages, and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

Weymouth New Testament
the truth which has been kept secret from all ages and generations, but has now been revealed to His people,

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Vincent's Word Studies

The mystery

See on Romans 11:25. The kindred word μεμύημαι I have been initiated (A.V., instructed) occurs Philippians 4:12, in the sense drawn from the technical use of the term, denoting the induction into pagan mysteries. Ignatius addresses the Ephesians as "fellow-initiates (συμμύσται), or students of the mysteries, with Paul" (Ephesians, 12). In the New Testament the word implies something which, while it may be obscure in its nature, or kept hidden in the past, is now revealed. Hence used very commonly with words denoting revelation or knowledge. So, "to know the mysteries," Matthew 13:11; "revelation of the mystery," Romans 16:25; made known, Ephesians 3:3, etc. In Colossians and Ephesians it is used, with a single exception, of the admission of the Gentiles to gospel privileges. Compare Romans 16:25, Romans 16:26.

From ages - generations (ἀπὸ - αἰώνων - γενεῶν)

The unit and the factors: the aeon or age being made up of generations. Compare Ephesians 3:21, where the literal translation is unto all the generations of the age of the ages. The preposition ἀπὸ from, differs from πρό before (1 Corinthians 2:7), as marking the point from which concealment could properly begin. Before the beginning of the ages of the world the counsel of God was ordained, but not concealed, because there were no human beings from whom to conceal it. The concealment began from the beginning of the world, with the entrance of subjects to whom it could be a fact.

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the mystery.

Romans 16:25,26 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ...

1 Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world to our glory:

Ephesians 3:3-10 How that by revelation he made known to me the mystery; (as I wrote before in few words...

now.

Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant.

Matthew 13:11 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Mark 4:11 And he said to them, To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to them that are without...

Luke 8:10 And he said, To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see...

2 Timothy 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death...

Cross References
Romans 16:25
Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages

Ephesians 3:3
how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly.

Ephesians 3:4
When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ,

Ephesians 3:9
and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things,

Colossians 2:2
that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ,

Colossians 4:3
At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison--

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