Robertson's Word Pictures (NT)
And you (kai umav). Accusative case in a rather loose sentence, to be explained as the object of the infinitive parasthsai in verse Colossians 1:22 (note repeated umav there) or as the anticipated object of apokathllacen if that be the genuine form in verse Colossians 1:22. It can be the accusative of general reference followed by anacoluthon. See similar idiom in Ephesians 2:1, Ephesians 2:12.
Being in time past alienated (pote ontav aphllotriwmenouv). Periphrastic perfect passive participle (continuing state of alienation) of apallotriow, old word from Plato on, to estrange, to render allotriov (belonging to another), alienated from God, a vivid picture of heathenism as in Romans 1:20-23. Only other N.T. examples in Ephesians 2:12; Ephesians 4:18. Enemiev (ecqrouv). Old word from exqov (hatred). Active sense here,
hostile as in Matthew 13:28; Romans 8:7, not passive
hateful (Romans 11:28).
In your mind (th dianoiai). Locative case. Dianoia (dia, nouv), mind, intent, purpose. Old word. It is always a tragedy to see men use their minds actively against God.
In your evil works (en toiv ergoiv toiv ponhroiv). Hostile purpose finds natural expression in evil deeds.
Other Robertson's Word Pictures (NT) entries containing Colossians 1:21:
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