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Colossians 1:17

    Colossians 1:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and he is before all things, and in him all things consist.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He is before all things, and in him all things have being.

    Webster's Revision

    and he is before all things, and in him all things consist.

    World English Bible

    He is before all things, and in him all things are held together.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and he is before all things, and in him all things consist.

    Barnes' Notes on Colossians 1:17

    And he is before all things - As he must be, if he created all things. Those who regard this as referring to a moral creation, interpret it as meaning that he has the pre-eminence over all things; not as referring to his pre-existence. But the fair and proper meaning of the word "before" (πρὸ pro) is, that he was before all things in the order of existence; compare Matthew 8:29; John 11:55; John 13:1; Acts 5:36; Acts 21:38; 2 Corinthians 12:2. It is equivalent to saying that he was eternal - for he that had an existence before any thing was created, must be eternal. Thus, it is equivalent to the phrase, "In the beginning;" Genesis 1:1; compare the notes at John 1:1.

    And by him all things subsist - Or are sustained; see the notes at Hebrews 1:3. The meaning is, that they are kept in the present state; their existence, order, and arrangement are continued by his power. If unsupported by him, they would fall into disorder, or sink back to nothing. If this be the proper interpretation, then it is the ascription to Christ of infinite power - for nothing less could be sufficient to uphold the universe; and of infinite wisdom - for this is needed to preserve the harmonious action of the suns and systems of which it is composed. None could do this but one who is divine; and hence we see the reason why he is represented as the image of the invisible God. He is the great and glorious and everactive agent by whom the perfections of God are made known.

    Wesley's Notes on Colossians 1:17

    1:17 And he is before all things - It is not said, he was: he is from everlasting to everlasting. And by him all things consist - The original expression not only implies, that he sustains all things in being, but more directly, All things were and are compacted in him into one system. He is the cement, as well as support, of the universe. And is he less than the supreme God?