1 And I began to speak the third Parable concerning the righteous and elect.
2 Blessed are ye, ye righteous and elect, For glorious shall be your lot.
3 And the righteous shall be in the light of the sun. And the elect in the light of eternal life: The days of their life shall be unending, And the days of the holy without number.
4And they shall seek the light and find righteousness with the Lord of Spirits:There shall be peace to the righteous in the name of the Eternal Lord.5And after this it shall be said to the holy in heavenThat they should seek out the secrets of righteousness, the heritage of faith:For it has become bright as the sun upon earth,And the darkness is past.6And there shall be a light that never endeth, And to a limit (lit. 'number') of days they shall not come, For the darkness shall first have been destroyed,[And the light established before the Lord of Spirits]And the light of uprightness established for ever before the Lord of Spirits.
Date: 200-50 B.C.E. (based on scholarly estimates)
1 From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 to the saints, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ, at Colossae. Grace and peace to you from God our Father! 3 We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 since we heard about your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you have for all the saints. 5 Your faith and love have arisen from the hope laid up for you in heaven, which you have heard about in the message of truth, the gospel 6 that has come to you. Just as in the entire world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, so it has also been bearing fruit and growing among you from the first day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth. 7 You learned the gospel from Epaphras, our dear fellow slave—a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf— 8 who also told us of your love in the Spirit. 9 For this reason we also, from the day we heard about you, have not ceased praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that you may live worthily of the Lord and please him in all respects—bearing fruit in every good deed, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might for the display of all patience and steadfastness, joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father who has qualified you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light.13He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son he loves,14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.