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Colossians 3 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Put On the New Self

Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:1 - If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:2 - Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:3 - For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:4 - When Christ who is your[fn] life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:5 - Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:[fn] sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:6 - On account of these the wrath of God is coming.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:7 - In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:8 - But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:9 - Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self[fn] with its practices
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:10 - and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:11 - Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,[fn] free; but Christ is all, and in all.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:12 - Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:13 - bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:14 - And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:15 - And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:16 - Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:17 - And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Rules for Christian Households

(cf. Eph 5:21—6:9 )
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:18 - Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:19 - Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:20 - Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:21 - Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:22 - Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters,[fn] not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:23 - Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:24 - knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:25 - For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.
ESV Footnotes
Some manuscripts our
Greek therefore your members that are on the earth
Some manuscripts add upon the sons of disobedience
Greek man; also as supplied in verse 10
For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for Bondservants in verse 22
Or your masters according to the flesh

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