Colossians 3

Put On the New Self

1 a  If then you have been raised with Christ, seek b  the things that are above, where Christ is c  seated at the right hand of God. 2 d  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3For e  you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ f  who is your
Some manuscripts our
life h  appears, then you also will appear with him i  in glory.

5 j  Put to death therefore k  what is earthly in you:
Greek  therefore your members that are on the earth
m  sexual immorality, impurity n  passion, evil desire, and covetousness o  which is idolatry.
6 p  On account of these the wrath of God is coming.
Some manuscripts add upon the sons of disobedience
7 r  In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8But now s  you must put them all away: t  anger, wrath, malice u  slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 v  Do not lie to one another, seeing that w  you have put off x  the old self
Greek man; also as supplied in verse 10
with its practices
10and z  have put on aa  the new self, ab  which is being renewed in knowledge ac  after the image of ad  its creator. 11 ae  Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave
Greek bondservant
free; but Christ is ag  all, and in all.

12 ah  Put on then, as ai  God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved aj  compassionate hearts ak  kindness al  humility, meekness, and patience, 13 am  bearing with one another and an  if one has a complaint against another ao  forgiving each other; ap  as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14And above all these put on aq  love, which ar  binds everything together in as  perfect harmony. 15And let at  the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called au  in one body. And av  be thankful. 16Let aw  the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, ax  singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, ay  with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17And az  whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus ba  giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Rules for Christian Households

18 bb  Wives, submit to your husbands, as bc  is fitting in the Lord. 19Husbands, love your wives, and bd  do not be harsh with them. 20Children, obey your parents be  in 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 bg  in everything those who are your earthly masters
Or  your masters according to the flesh
not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.
23 bi  Whatever you do, work heartily bj  as for the Lord and not for men, 24knowing that from the Lord bk  you will receive the inheritance as your reward. bl  You 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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