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Colossians 4:13

    Colossians 4:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For I bear him record, that he has a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For I bear him witness, that he hath much labor for you, and for them in Laodicea, and for them in Hierapolis.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For I give witness of him that he has undergone much trouble for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis.

    Webster's Revision

    For I bear him witness, that he hath much labor for you, and for them in Laodicea, and for them in Hierapolis.

    World English Bible

    For I testify about him, that he has great zeal for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for those in Hierapolis.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For I bear him witness, that he hath much labour for you, and for them in Laodicea, and for them in Hierapolis.

    Clarke's Commentary on Colossians 4:13

    He hath a great zeal for you - Instead of ζηλον πολυν, much zeal, ABCD**, several others, with versions and fathers, read πολυν πονον, much labor; they are here nearly of the same meaning, though the latter appears to be the better and genuine reading.

    Laodicea, and - Hierapolis - These were both cities of Phrygia, between which Colosse, or the city of Colassa, was situated. See Colossians 2:1. The latter was called Hierapolis, or the holy city, from the multitude of its temples. Apollo, Diana, Esculapius, and Hygeia, were all worshipped here, as appears by the coins of this city still extant.

    Barnes' Notes on Colossians 4:13

    For I bear him record - Paul had had abundant opportunity to know what were his feelings in regard to these churches.

    A great zeal for you - A great desire to promote your welfare.

    And them that are in Laodicea - Laodicea was the capital of Phrygia, and not far from Colossae, There was a church there. See the Introduction, and the notes at Colossians 4:16.

    And them in Hierapolis - This was also a city in Phrygia, and not far from Laodicea and Colossae. It was situated under a hill to the north, and had on the south a large plain about five miles over. On the south of that plain, and opposite to Hierapolis, was Laodicea, with the river Lycus running between them, nearer to Laodicea than to Hierapolls. This place is now called by the Turks Pambuck-Kulasi, or the Cotton-Tower, on account of the white cliffs which lie round about it. It is now utterly forsaken and desolate, but the ruins are so magnificent as to show that it was once one of the most splendid cities in the East. It was celebrated for the hot springs in its vicinity; and on account of the numerous temples erected there, it received the name of Hierapolis, or the holy city. The principal deity worshipped there was Apollo. See Travels by T. Smith. B. D. 1678. Compare the notes at Colossians 4:16. From the allusion to it here, it would seem that there were Christians there in the time of Paul, though there is no mention of a church there. It is nowhere else mentioned in the New Testament.