Colossians 3

The Life of the New Man

1 So if you have been raised with the
Messiah: Or the Christ; the Greek word Christos means "the anointed one".
Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God. b
2Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth. c 3 For you have died d and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. 4 When the Messiah, who is your
Other mss read our
life, is revealed f then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. g

5 Therefore, put to death what belongs to your worldly nature:
Lit death the members on the earth
sexual immorality, impurity i lust j evil desire, and greed k which is idolatry. l
6Because of these, God’s wrath m comes on the disobedient,
Other mss omit on the disobedient
7 and you once
walk: A term often used in a figurative way to mean "way of life" or "behavior"
walked in these things when you were living p in them.
8 But now you must also put away q all the following: anger r wrath s malice t slander u and filthy language from your mouth. v 9Do not lie w to one another, since you have put off x the old self
Lit man; = a person before conversion
z with its practices
10 and have put on aa the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your
Lit his
Creator. ac
11In Christ
Lit Where
there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian,
A term for a savage
slave: The strong Greek word doulos cannot be accurately translated in English by "servant" or "bond servant"; the HCSB translates this word as "slave," not out of insensitivity to the legitimate concerns of modern English speakers, but out of a commitment to accurately convey the brutal reality of the Roman empire's inhumane institution as well as the ownership called for by Christ.
slave and free; but Christ is all and in all. ag

The Christian Life

12 Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved ah put on heartfelt compassion, kindness ai humility aj gentleness ak and patience al 13 accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. am 14 Above all, put on love – the perfect bond of unity. 15 And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called an in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful. 16Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name ao of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Christ in Your Home

18 Wives, be submissive to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. ap
19 Husbands aq love your wives ar and don’t be bitter as toward them.
20 Children at obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
21 Fathers au do not exasperate av your children, so they won’t become discouraged.
22 Slaves, obey your human aw masters in everything. Don’t work only while being watched, in order to please men, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. ax
23 Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically
Lit do it from the soul
as something done for the Lord and not for men az
24 knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer ba will be paid back for whatever wrong he has done, and there is no favoritism.
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