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Colossians 1:13

    Colossians 1:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Who has made us free from the power of evil and given us a place in the kingdom of the Son of his love;

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Clarke's Commentary on Colossians 1:13

    Delivered us from the power of darkness - Darkness is here personified, and is represented as having εξουσια, power, authority, and sway; all Jews and Gentiles, which had not embraced the Gospel, being under this authority and power. And the apostle intimates here that nothing less than the power of God can redeem a man from this darkness, or prince of darkness, who, by means of sin and unbelief, keeps men in ignorance, vice, and misery.

    Translated us into the kingdom, etc - He has thoroughly changed our state, brought us out of the dark region of vice and impiety, and placed us in the kingdom under the government of his dear Son, Υἱου της αγαπης αὑτου, the Son of his love; the person whom, in his infinite love, he has given to make an atonement for the sin of the world.

    Barnes' Notes on Colossians 1:13

    Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness - The power exerted over us in that dark kingdom to which we formerly belonged - the kingdom of Satan. The characteristic of this empire is darkness - the emblem of:

    (1) sin;

    (2) error;

    (3) misery and death.

    Over us, by nature, these things had uncontrollable power; but now we are delivered from them, and brought to the enjoyment of the privileges of those who are connected with the kingdom of light. Darkness is often used to represent the state in which men are by nature; compare Luke 1:79; Acts 26:18; Romans 13:12; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 2:8.

    And hath translated us - The word rendered here "translated" is often used in the sense of removing a people from one country to another; see Josephus, Ant. ix. 11. 1. It means, here, that they who are Christians have been transferred from one kingdom to another, as if a people were thus removed. They become subjects of a new kingdom, are under different laws, and belong to a different community. This change is made in regeneration, by which we pass from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light; from the empire of sin, ignorance, and misery, to one of holiness, knowledge, and happiness. No change, therefore, in a man's life is so important as this; and no words can suitably express the gratitude which they should feel who are thus transferred from the empire of darkness to that of light.

    Wesley's Notes on Colossians 1:13

    1:13 Power detains reluctant captives, a kingdom cherishes willing subjects. His beloved Son - This is treated of in the fifteenth and following verse s. Col 1:15