Colossians 2:5
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English Standard Version
For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.

King James Bible
For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

American Standard Version
For though I am absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For though I be absent in body, yet in spirit I am with you; rejoicing, and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith which is in Christ.

English Revised Version
For though I am absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

Webster's Bible Translation
For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
For although, as you say, I am absent from you in body, yet in spirit I am present with you and am delighted to witness your good discipline and the solid front presented by your faith in Christ.

Colossians 2:5 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Order (τάξιν)

Or orderly array. A military metaphor, quite possibly suggested by Paul's intercourse with the soldiers in his confinement. See on Philippians 1:13.

Steadfastness (στερέωμα)

Only here in the New Testament. See on 1 Peter 5:9. The kindred adjective στερεός solid, occurs 2 Timothy 2:19; Hebrews 5:12; 1 Peter 5:9; and the verb στερεόω to make solid, Acts 3:7; Acts 16:5. The military metaphor is continued. Faith is represented as a host solidly drawn up: your solid front, close phalanx. The verb is found in this sense in the Apocrypha, 1 Macc. 10:50, "ἐστερέωσε τὸν πόλεμον, he solidified the battle; massed his lines. Compare Ezekiel 13:5, where the noun has the sense of stronghold: "They stood not ἐν στερέωματι in the stronghold." So Psalm 17:2, "The Lord is my strength;" stronghold or bulwark. The firmament, Genesis 1:6; Ezekiel 1:22. In Esther 9:22, of the confirmation of a letter.

Colossians 2:5 Parallel Commentaries

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be.

Colossians 2:1 For I would that you knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea...

1 Corinthians 5:3,4 For I truly, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present...

1 Thessalonians 2:17 But we, brothers, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart...

and beholding.

2 Chronicles 29:35 And also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the peace offerings, and the drink offerings for every burnt offering...

1 Corinthians 11:34 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that you come not together to condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.

1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

and the.

Ruth 1:18 When she saw that she was steadfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking to her.

Psalm 78:8,37 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright...

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord...

1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch you, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

1 Thessalonians 3:8 For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.

Hebrews 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end;

Hebrews 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil;

1 Peter 5:9 Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brothers that are in the world.

2 Peter 3:17,18 You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked...

Cross References
Acts 20:21
testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 5:3
For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing.

1 Corinthians 14:40
But all things should be done decently and in order.

1 Peter 5:9
Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

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