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Colossians 3 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Living as Those Made Alive in Christ

Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:1 - Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:2 - Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:3 - For you died, and your life is now 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, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:6 - Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:7 - You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:8 - But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:9 - Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:10 - and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:11 - Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:12 - Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:13 - Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:14 - And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:15 - Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:16 - Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:17 - And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Instructions for Christian Households

(cf. Eph 5:21—6:9 )
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:18 - Wives, submit yourselves 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,[fn] do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:22 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:23 - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:24 - since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:25 - Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.
NIV Footnotes
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Some early manuscripts coming on those who are disobedient
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