THE PROLOG UPON THE EPISTLE OF S. PAUL TO THE COLOSSIANS

As the epistle to the Galatians holds the manner and fashion of the epistle to the Romans, briefly comprehending all that is therein at length disputed: Even so this epistle follows the example of the epistle to the Ephesians, containing the tenor of the same epistle with fewer words.

More perfect therein —perfecter therin (Orig.)

In the first chapter, he praises them and wishes that they continue in the faith, and grow more perfect therein, and then describes he the gospel, how that it is a wisdom that confesses Christ to be the Lord and God, crucified for us, and a wisdom that has been hid in Christ since afore the beginning of the world, and now first begun to be opened through the preaching of the apostles.

In the second, he warns them of men’s doctrine, and describes the false prophets to the uttermost and rebukes them accordingly.

In the third, he exhorts to be fruitful in the pure faith with all manner of good works one to another, and describes all degrees and what their duties are.

In the fourth he exhorts to pray, and also to pray for him, and salutes them

 

 

THE PROLOGE VPON THE EPISTLE OF S. PAUL TO THE COLOSSYANS

As the pistle to the Galathyans holdeth the maner and fassion of the epistle to the Romayns, breflye comprehendinge all that is therin at length disputed: Euen so this pistle foloweth the ensample of the pistle to the Ephesians, contayninge the tenor of the same pistle with fewer wordes.

In the fyrst chapter, he prayseth them and wyssheth that they continew in the fayth, and growe perfecter therin, and then describeth he the gospell, how that it is a wysdome that confesseth Christ to be the Lorde and God, crucified for vs, and a wysdome that hath bene hyd in Christ sence a fore the beginninge of the worlde, and now fyrst begonne to be opened thorow the preachynge of the Apostles.

In the seconde, he warneth them of mennes doctryne, and describeth the false prophetes to the vttermost and rebuketh them accordinge.

In the thyrde, he exhorteth to be frutefull in the pure fayth with all maner of good workes one to another, and descrybeth all degrees and what their dutyes are.

In the fourth he exhorteth to praye, and also to praye for him, and saluteth them