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Colossians 3:1-25

3  So, if you were raised with the Christ, aim at the things above, where the Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. 2  Have in mind the things above, not the things on the earth; 3  for you did die, and your life is hidden in God with the Christ. 4*  When the Christ, our life, comes to be seen, then so will you with him come to be seen in glory. 5  So give over to deadness the organism that rests on the earth, unchastity, uncleanness, passions, evil desire, and greed, which is an idolatry— 6  things on account of which God’s anger comes; 7*  with which you too occupied yourselves once upon a time, when you were alive in these. 8  But now, you too, discard everything,—anger, passionateness, viciousness, abusiveness, offensive language out of your mouths, 9  do not lie to each other,—stripping off the old man with his doings 10  and putting on the new man who is being reconstituted into intelligence after the likeness of his Creator, 11  where there is no such thing as Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, alien, Scythian, slave, freeman, but Christ is everything and in everybody. 12  So, as holy and dearly loved chosen ones of God’s, put on compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, 13  bearing with each other and mutually making allowances; if one has found a fault in somebody, in the same way as the Lord showed grace to you, do you the like. 14  And over all these love, which is the connecting link of perfection. 15  And let Christ’s peace have the deciding voice in your hearts, that same peace into which you were called in one body; and be thankful-hearted. 16**  Keep the Christ’s word abiding in you richly, teaching and admonishing each other in all wisdom, singing in your hearts to God in thankfulness with psalms, hymns, spiritual songs; 17  and as to anything whatever that you do in word or in act, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 18  Wives, be in such subordination to your husbands as is the proper thing in the Lord. 19  Husbands, love your wives and do not be cross to them. 20  Children, obey your parents in every respect, for this is a winsome way in the Lord. 21  Fathers, do not nettle your children, so that they may not be disheartened. 22*  Servants, obey in every respect those who are your masters in the way of flesh, not in eye-services as man-pleasers do but in single-heartedness, fearing the Lord; 23*  whatever you are doing, work at it with a will, as doing it for the Lord and not for men, 24*  knowing that you will be paid up for it by the Lord in your inheritance; you are in the service of the Lord Christ. 25*  For he who does a wrong will have the wrong he did coming to him, and there is no favoritism.

Footnotes

3:4 Var. your life
3:7 Lit. in which you too walked once upon
3:16 The verse may also be understood with different punctuation
3:16 (thankfulness) Or grace
3:22 Var. eye-service
3:23 Lit. work from soul, as for the Lord and
3:24 Lit. that from the Lord you will receive the paying-up of the inheritance
3:25 Lit. will get back the wrong he did