Put On the New Self

Therefore if you have been (A)raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, (B)seated at the right hand of God. [a](C)Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have (D)died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, (E)who is our life, is revealed, (F)then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

(G)Therefore [b]consider (H)the members of your earthly body as dead to [c](I)immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which [d]amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that (J)the wrath of God will come [e]upon the sons of disobedience, and (K)in them you also once walked, when you were living [f]in them. But now you also, (L)put them all aside: (M)anger, wrath, malice, slander, and (N)abusive speech from your mouth. [g](O)Do not lie to one another, since you (P)laid aside the old [h]self with its evil practices, 10 and have (Q)put on the new self who is being [i](R)renewed to a true knowledge (S)according to the image of the One who (T)created him— 11 a renewal in which (U)there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, (V)circumcised and uncircumcised, [j](W)barbarian, Scythian, (X)slave and freeman, but (Y)Christ is all, and in all.

12 So, as those who have been (Z)chosen of God, holy and beloved, (AA)put on a (AB)heart of compassion, kindness, (AC)humility, gentleness and [k](AD)patience; 13 (AE)bearing with one another, and (AF)forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; (AG)just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is [l](AH)the perfect bond of (AI)unity. 15 Let (AJ)the peace of Christ [m]rule in your hearts, to which [n]indeed you were called in (AK)one body; and [o]be thankful. 16 Let (AL)the word of [p]Christ richly dwell within you, [q]with all wisdom (AM)teaching and admonishing [r]one another (AN)with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, (AO)singing [s]with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 (AP)Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, (AQ)giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Family Relations

18 (AR)Wives, (AS)be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 (AT)Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them. 20 (AU)Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing [t]to the Lord. 21 (AV)Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.

22 (AW)Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters [u]on earth, (AX)not with [v]external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, do your work [w]heartily, (AY)as for the Lord [x]rather than for men, 24 (AZ)knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward [y]of (BA)the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you (BB)serve. 25 For (BC)he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and [z](BD)that without partiality.

Footnotes

  1. Colossians 3:2 Or Be intent on
  2. Colossians 3:5 Lit put to death the members which are upon the earth
  3. Colossians 3:5 Lit fornication
  4. Colossians 3:5 Lit is
  5. Colossians 3:6 Two early mss do not contain upon the sons of disobedience
  6. Colossians 3:7 Or among these
  7. Colossians 3:9 Or Stop lying
  8. Colossians 3:9 Gr anthropos
  9. Colossians 3:10 Lit renovated
  10. Colossians 3:11 I.e. those who were not Greeks, either by birth or by culture
  11. Colossians 3:12 I.e. forbearance toward others
  12. Colossians 3:14 Lit the uniting bond of perfection
  13. Colossians 3:15 Or act as arbiter
  14. Colossians 3:15 Lit also
  15. Colossians 3:15 Or show yourselves thankful
  16. Colossians 3:16 One early ms reads the Lord
  17. Colossians 3:16 Or in
  18. Colossians 3:16 Or one another, singing with psalms...
  19. Colossians 3:16 Or by; lit in His grace
  20. Colossians 3:20 Lit in
  21. Colossians 3:22 Lit according to the flesh
  22. Colossians 3:22 Lit eyeservice
  23. Colossians 3:23 Lit from the soul
  24. Colossians 3:23 Lit and not
  25. Colossians 3:24 I.e. consisting of
  26. Colossians 3:25 Lit there is no partiality

Living as Those Made Alive in Christ

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ,(A) set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.(B) Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.(C) For you died,(D) and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your[a] life,(E) appears,(F) then you also will appear with him in glory.(G)

Put to death,(H) therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature:(I) sexual immorality,(J) impurity, lust, evil desires and greed,(K) which is idolatry.(L) Because of these, the wrath of God(M) is coming.[b] You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.(N) But now you must also rid yourselves(O) of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander,(P) and filthy language from your lips.(Q) Do not lie to each other,(R) since you have taken off your old self(S) with its practices 10 and have put on the new self,(T) which is being renewed(U) in knowledge in the image of its Creator.(V) 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew,(W) circumcised or uncircumcised,(X) barbarian, Scythian, slave or free,(Y) but Christ is all,(Z) and is in all.

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves(AA) with compassion, kindness, humility,(AB) gentleness and patience.(AC) 13 Bear with each other(AD) and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.(AE) 14 And over all these virtues put on love,(AF) which binds them all together in perfect unity.(AG)

15 Let the peace of Christ(AH) rule in your hearts, since as members of one body(AI) you were called to peace.(AJ) And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ(AK) dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom(AL) through psalms,(AM) hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.(AN) 17 And whatever you do,(AO) whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks(AP) to God the Father through him.

Instructions for Christian Households(AQ)

18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands,(AR) as is fitting in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

21 Fathers,[c] do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance(AS) from the Lord as a reward.(AT) It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.(AU)

Footnotes

  1. Colossians 3:4 Some manuscripts our
  2. Colossians 3:6 Some early manuscripts coming on those who are disobedient
  3. Colossians 3:21 Or Parents

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