Colossians 2:1
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English Standard Version
For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face,

King James Bible
For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;

American Standard Version
For I would have you know how greatly I strive for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I would have you know, what manner of care I have for you and for them that are at Laodicea, and whosoever have not seen my face in the flesh:

English Revised Version
For I would have you know how greatly I strive for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;

Webster's Bible Translation
For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;

Weymouth New Testament
For I would have you know in how severe a struggle I am engaged on behalf of you and the brethren in Laodicea and of all who have not known me personally,

Colossians 2:1 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

I would that ye knew (θέλω ὑμᾶς εἰδέναι)

Paul's more usual form of expression is, I would not have you to be ignorant. See on Romans 1:13.

What great conflict I have (ἡλίκον ἀγῶνα ἔχω)

Rev., how greatly I strive. Ἡλίκον what great, only here and James 3:5. Conflict, continuing the metaphor of Colossians 1:29. Here of inward conflict, anxiety, prayer, as Colossians 4:12.

Laodicaea

See on Revelation 3:14.

And for as many as (καὶ ὅσοι)

Including all who come under the same category as the Colossians and Laodicaeans. Hence equivalent to all who, like yourselves, have not seen, etc. See, for a similar usage, Acts 4:6; Revelation 18:17. Indicating that the Colossians and Laodicaeans were both personally unknown to Paul.

Colossians 2:1 Parallel Commentaries

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what.

Colossians 1:24,29 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake...

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers...

Genesis 30:8 And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.

Genesis 32:24-30 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day...

Hosea 12:3,4 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God...

Luke 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Galatians 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

Philippians 1:30 Having the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

1 Thessalonians 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as you know, at Philippi...

Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh...

conflict. or, fear, or, care. at.

Colossians 4:13,15,16 For I bear him record, that he has a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis...

Revelation 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What you see, write in a book...

Revelation 3:14-22 And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things said the Amen, the faithful and true witness...

not.

Colossians 2:5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, rejoicing and beholding your order...

Acts 20:25,38 And now, behold, I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more...

1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

Cross References
Philippians 1:30
engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

Colossians 1:29
For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

Colossians 4:12
Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.

Colossians 4:13
For I bear him witness that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis.

Colossians 4:15
Give my greetings to the brothers at Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house.

Colossians 4:16
And when this letter has been read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you also read the letter from Laodicea.

Revelation 1:11
saying, "Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea."

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