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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Colossians

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Colossians 3

        1Therefore, since you* were raised together with Christ, be seeking the [things] above, where Christ is, sitting at [the] right hand of God. 2Be setting your* minds on the [things] above, not [on] the [things] on the earth. 3For you* died, and your* life has been hid with Christ in God. 4Whenever Christ, [who is] our life, is revealed, then also we will be revealed with Him in glory!

            5Therefore, put to death your* members, the ones on the earth: sexual sin [or, fornication], impurity [or, immorality], lustful passion, evil desire, and the covetous desire [or, greed], which is idolatry, 6because of which [things] the wrath of God is coming upon the sons [and daughters] of disobedience, 7in which you* also at one time walked about [fig., conducted yourselves], when you* were living in them. 8But now you* yourselves also put off [fig., cease from] all these [things]: anger, rage, malice, blasphemy, [and] obscene language out of your* mouth. [cp. Gal 5:19-21]

        9Stop lying to one another, having put off the old [or, former] person with his practices, 10and having put on the new [person], the [one] being renewed in full [or, true] knowledge according to [the] image of the One having created him, 11where there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, foreigner, Scythian, slave, [or] free person, but Christ [is] all [things] and in all [things]. [cp. Gal 3:28]

            12Therefore, put on as chosen [or, elect] ones of God, holy and beloved, bowels [or, hearts] of compassion, goodness [or, kindness], humility, gentleness [or, considerateness], patience, 13putting up with one another and forgiving each other, if anyone shall be having a complaint against anyone, just as Christ also forgave you*, so also [should] you* [forgive]. 14But above all these [things put on] love, which is [the] bond of perfection. 15And let the peace of God be exercising control in your* hearts, to which also you* were called in one body, and become thankful.

        16Let the word of Christ be richly [or, abundantly] dwelling in you*, in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing each other, in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace [or, gratitude] in your* hearts to the Lord. 17And every[thing], whatever you* shall be doing in word or in deed, [be doing] all [things] in [the] name of [the] Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the God and Father through Him.

            18The wives, be subjecting [or, submitting] yourselves to your* own husbands, as is fitting in [the] Lord. 19The husbands, be loving your* wives, and stop becoming bitter towards them. 20The children, be obeying your* parents with respect to all [things], for this is well-pleasing in [the] Lord. 21The fathers, stop making your* children resentful, so that they shall not continue becoming discouraged.

            22The slaves, be obeying with respect to all [things] your* masters according to [the] flesh, not in eye-service as people-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. 23And every[thing], whatever you* shall be doing, be working from [your*] soul [fig., heartily] as to the Lord and not to people, 24knowing that from [the] Lord you* will receive the recompense of the inheritance, for to the Lord Christ you* are serving as a slave. 25But the one doing wrong [or, acting unjustly] will receive back what he did wrong [or, did unjustly], and there is no accepting of faces [fig., partiality].  

Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.zeolla.org/christian).
Previously copyrighted 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.

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