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Colossians 1:10

    Colossians 1:10 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    That you might walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    to walk worthily of the Lord unto all pleasing, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Living uprightly in the approval of the Lord, giving fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

    Webster's Revision

    to walk worthily of the Lord unto all pleasing, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

    World English Bible

    that you may walk worthily of the Lord, to please him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    to walk worthily of the Lord unto all pleasing, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

    Clarke's Commentary on Colossians 1:10

    That ye might walk worthy of the Lord - Suitably to your Christian profession, exemplifying its holy doctrines by a holy and useful life. See the notes on Ephesians 4:1; and on Philippians 1:27 (note).

    Unto all pleasing - Doing every thing in the best manner, in the most proper time, and in a becoming spirit. Even a good work may be marred and rendered fruitless by being done improperly, out of season, or in a temper of mind that grieves the Holy Spirit.

    Being fruitful in every good work - See on Colossians 1:6 (note). St. Paul exhorts the Christians at Colosse,

    1. To walk - to be active in their Christian calling.

    2. To walk worthily - suitably to the dignity of that calling, and to the purity of that God who had called them into this state of salvation.

    3. To do every thing unto all pleasing; that God might be pleased with the manner, the time, the motive, disposition, design, and object of every act.

    4. That they should be fruitful; mere harmlessness would not be sufficient; as God had sown good seed, he expected good fruit.

    5. That every work should be good; they must not be fruitful in some works and fruitless in others.

    6. That they should increase in religious knowledge as time rolled on, knowing, by genuine Christian experience, more of God, of his love, and of his peace, day by day.

    Barnes' Notes on Colossians 1:10

    That ye might walk worthy of the Lord - That you may live as becomes the followers of the Lord. How this was to be done he states in this and the following verses.

    Unto all pleasing - So as to please him in all things; compare Hebrews 11:5.

    Being fruitful in every good work - This is one way in which we are to walk worthy of the Lord, and so as to please him; see the notes at John 15:8.

    And increasing in the knowledge of God - This is another way in which we may walk worthy of the Lord, and so as to please him. It is by endeavoring to become better acquainted with his true character. God is pleased with those who desire to understand what he is; what he does; what he purposes; what he commands. Hence he not only commands us to study his works (compare Psalm 111:2), but he has made a world so beautiful as to invite us to contemplate his perfections as reflected in that world. All good beings desire that others should understand their character, and God delights in those who are sincerely desirous of knowing what he is, and who inquire with humility and reverence into his counsels and his will. People are often displeased when others attempt to look into their plans, for they are sensible they will not bear the light of investigation. God has no plans which would not be seen to be, in the highest degree, glorious to him.

    Wesley's Notes on Colossians 1:10

    1:10 That, knowing his whole will, ye may walk worthy of the Lord, unto all pleasing - So as actually to please him in all things; daily increasing in the living, experimental knowledge of God, our Father, Saviour, Sanctifier.