Put On the New Self1 aIf then you have been raised with Christ, seek bthe things that are above, where Christ is cseated at the right hand of God. 2 dSet your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3For eyou have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ fwho is your ▼
▼Some manuscripts ourlife happears, then you also will appear with him iin glory. 5 jPut to death therefore kwhat is earthly in you: ▼
▼Greek therefore your members that are on the earthmsexual immorality, impurity npassion, evil desire, and covetousness owhich is idolatry. 6 pOn account of these the wrath of God is coming. ▼
▼Some manuscripts add upon the sons of disobedience7 rIn these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8But now syou must put them all away: tanger, wrath, malice uslander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 vDo not lie to one another, seeing that wyou have put off xthe old self ▼
▼Greek man; also as supplied in verse 10with its practices 10and zhave put on aathe new self, abwhich is being renewed in knowledge acafter the image of adits creator. 11 aeHere there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave ▼
▼Greek bondservantfree; but Christ is agall, and in all. 12 ahPut on then, as aiGod’s chosen ones, holy and beloved ajcompassionate hearts akkindness alhumility, meekness, and patience, 13 ambearing with one another and anif one has a complaint against another aoforgiving each other; apas the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14And above all these put on aqlove, which arbinds everything together in asperfect harmony. 15And let atthe peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called auin one body. And avbe thankful. 16Let awthe word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, axsinging psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, aywith thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17And azwhatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus bagiving thanks to God the Father through him.
Rules for Christian Households18 bbWives, submit to your husbands, as bcis fitting in the Lord. 19Husbands, love your wives, and bddo not be harsh with them. 20Children, obey your parents bein everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22Bondservants ▼
▼Or Slaves; also 4:1 (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)obey bgin everything those who are your earthly masters ▼
▼Or your masters according to the fleshnot by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 biWhatever you do, work heartily bjas for the Lord and not for men, 24knowing that from the Lord bkyou will receive the inheritance as your reward. blYou are serving the Lord Christ. 25For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.
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