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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Colossians 3:1-25

3  If, however, YOU were raised up+ with the Christ, go on seeking the things above,+ where the Christ is seated at the right hand of God.+  Keep YOUR minds fixed on the things above,+ not on the things upon the earth.+  For YOU died,+ and YOUR life+ has been hidden with the Christ in union+ with God.  When the Christ, our life,+ is made manifest, then YOU also will be made manifest+ with him in glory.+  Deaden,+ therefore, YOUR body members+ that are upon the earth as respects fornication,* uncleanness,* sexual appetite,*+ hurtful desire, and covetousness,+ which is idolatry.  On account of those things the wrath of God is coming.+  In those very things YOU, too, once walked when YOU used to live in them.+  But now really put them all away from YOU,+ wrath, anger, badness, abusive speech,*+ and obscene+ talk out of YOUR mouth.  Do not be lying to one another.+ Strip off the old personality*+ with its practices, 10  and clothe yourselves with the new+ [personality], which through* accurate knowledge is being made new according to the image+ of the One who created it, 11  where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, foreigner, Scyth′i·an, slave, freeman,+ but Christ is all things and in all.+ 12  Accordingly, as God’s chosen ones,+ holy and loved, clothe yourselves with the tender affections of compassion,+ kindness, lowliness of mind,*+ mildness,+ and long-suffering.+ 13  Continue putting up with one another and forgiving one another freely+ if anyone has a cause for complaint+ against another. Even as Jehovah* freely forgave YOU,+ so do YOU also. 14  But, besides all these things, [clothe yourselves with] love,+ for it is a perfect bond+ of union.* 15  Also, let the peace+ of the Christ* control in YOUR hearts,+ for YOU were, in fact, called to it in one* body.+ And show yourselves thankful. 16  Let the word of the Christ* reside in YOU richly in all wisdom.+ Keep on teaching+ and admonishing one another with psalms,+ praises to God,* spiritual songs+ with graciousness, singing in YOUR hearts to Jehovah.*+ 17  And whatever it is that YOU do in word or in work,+ do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,+ thanking+ God the Father through him. 18  YOU wives, be in subjection+ to [your] husbands, as it is becoming in [the] Lord. 19  YOU husbands, keep on loving [your] wives+ and do not be bitterly angry with them.+ 20  YOU children, be obedient+ to [your] parents in everything, for this is well-pleasing in [the] Lord. 21  YOU fathers, do not be exasperating your children,+ so that they do not become downhearted. 22  YOU slaves, be obedient in everything to those who are [your] masters in a fleshly sense,+ not with acts of eye-service, as men pleasers,+ but with sincerity of heart, with fear of Jehovah.*+ 23  Whatever YOU are doing, work at it whole-souled+ as to Jehovah,*+ and not to men, 24  for YOU know that it is from Jehovah*+ YOU will receive the due reward of the inheritance.+ SLAVE for the Master, Christ.+ 25  Certainly the one that is doing wrong will receive back+ what he wrongly did, and there is no partiality.+

Footnotes

“Fornication.” Gr., por·nei′an; Lat., for·ni·ca·ti·o′nem; J17,22(Heb.), haz·zenuth′, “the fornication.” See App 5A.
Or, “filthiness; depravity; lewdness.” Gr., a·ka·thar·si′an; J17,22(Heb.), wehat·tum·ʼah′, “and the uncleanness.” See 2Co 12:21 ftn, “Uncleanness.”
Lit., “passion.” Gr., pa′thos.
Or, “blasphemy.”
Lit., “the old man.”
Or, “in.”
Or, “humility.”
“Jehovah,” J23; P46ABD*(Gr.), ho Ky′ri·os; אcCDcSyh,p, “the Christ”; א*, “God.” See App 1D.
Lit., “joint bond of the perfection.”
“Of the Christ,” א*ABC*D*; אcCcDc, “of God”; J7,8, “of Jehovah.”
“One,” אADVgSyp; P46B, “the.”
“The Christ,” P46אcBCcDVg; א*, “the Lord”; AC*, “God.”
Lit., “hymns.” Gr., hy′mnois; Lat., hy′mnis.
“To Jehovah,” J7,8,13,14,16,17; CcDc(Gr.), toi Ky·ri′oi; P46אABC*D*VgSyh,p, “to God.” See App 1D.
“Of Jehovah,” J18,22; א*ABCD*(Gr.), ton Ky′ri·on; P46אcDc, “of God.” See App 1D.
See App 1D.
See App 1D.