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Colossians 1:1-2

These first two verses are pretty straight forward. I did make some changes to my earlier translation though. 

1.Παῦλος ἀπόστολος Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ διὰ θελήματος θεοῦ καὶ Τιμόθεος ὁ ἀδελφὸς

Paul an apostle of Christ Jesus, by the will of God, and Timothy our brother.
  • διὰ is translated "by" with used with the genetive θελήματος θεοῦ expresses agency.
  • ὁ ἀδελφὸς is translated "our brother" instead of "the Brother" for a smoother English reading.

2 τοῖς ἐν Κολοσσαῖς ἁγίοις καὶ πιστοῖς ἀδελφοῖς ἐν Χριστῷ· χάρις ὑμῖν καὶ εἰρήνη ἀπὸ θεοῦ πατρὸς ἡμῶν.

To the holy and faithful brothers (and sisters,) in Christ at Colossae. Grace to you, and peace from God our Father.

  • ἁγίοις is translated as "holy" instead of "saints" to point more directly to the Greek without the detour through the Latin Sanctus.
  • (and sisters,) is to convey to the modern reader that Paul is addressing the whole church when he says, "brothers" while the parenthesis themselves signal to the reader that these particular words are not in the text itself.
  • ἀπὸ is with the genative is translated "from" showing "God our Father" as the source of Paul's blessing.

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