HCSB and HCSBse Revisions (Colossians 1)

January 9, 2009 at 4:24 pm Leave a comment

Colossians 1 Revisions

HCSB HCSBse
2 To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ in Colossae. Grace to you and peace from God our Father. 2 To the saints in Christ at Colossae, who are faithful brothers. Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
5 because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about this hope in the message of truth, 5 because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about this hope in the message of truth, the gospel
6 the gospel that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, just as it has among you since the day you heard it and recognized God’s grace in the truth. 6 that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, just as it has among you since the day you heard it and recognized God’s grace in the truth.
7 You learned this from Epaphras, our much loved fellow slave. He is a faithful minister of the Messiah on your behalf, 7 You learned this from Epaphras, our dearly loved fellow slave. He is a faithful servant of the Messiah on your behalf,
14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 14 We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, in Him.
16 because by Him everything was created, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him. 16 For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through Him and for Him.
21 And you were once alienated and hostile in mind because of your evil actions. 21 Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions.
23 if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith, and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a minister of it. 23 if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a servant of it.
25 I have become its minister, according to God’s administration that was given to me for you, to make God’s message fully known, 25 I have become its servant, according to God’s administration that was given to me for you, to make God’s message fully known,
27 God wanted to make known to those among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 27 God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Colossians 1:2

(ESV) “To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.”

(TNIV) “To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.”

(NLT) “We are writing to God’s holy people in the city of Colosse, who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ.”

I think the HCSB was right here, those who are saints would also be faithful brothers. Faithful brothers would also be saints. The ESV sounds like it is addressing 2 different groups which is not the case. Saint means holy, so I am OK with God’s holy people in the TNIV and NLT also.

NET note: tn Grk “and faithful.” The construction in Greek (as well as Paul’s style) suggests that the saints are identical to the faithful; hence, the καί (kai) is best left untranslated (cf. Eph_1:1). See ExSyn 281-82.

Colossians 1:5,6

Notice the HCSB has the gospel moved from the beginning of verse 6 to the end of verse 5 in the second edition. I am not sure why it was where it was to begin with, I couldn’t find any other main translations having it in that location. So it now is more in line with other translations.

Colossians 1:7, 23, 25

Minister was changed to servant. Interesting.

(ESV) stays with minister on all 3 accounts

(TNIV) minister (7), servant (23, 25) {The NET does the same interesting enough)

(NLT) stays with servant on all 3 accounts

Thayer Definition in part:

1) one who executes the commands of another, especially of a master, a servant, attendant, minister

Mounce’s Expository Dictionary has

diakonos means “servant, minister”…Paul’s description of himself as one who serves often carries the idea of giving himself at great personal cost for the gospel.

I think minister is a term that is thrown around a lot today in the religious world, often times used as a title, maybe that was the reasoning?

BTW. This is the same word where deacon comes from. Context should always be taken into consideration. This passage is obviously not talking about a particular “office in the church”.

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