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Colossians 3 (Lexham English Bible)

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Seek the Things Above

1 Therefore, if you have been raised together with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not [on] the things on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, [who is] your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

Put Off the Old Behavior

5 Therefore put to death {what is earthly in you}a: sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustful passion, evil desire, and greediness, which is idolatry, 6 because of which the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which also you once lived, when you used to live in them.b 8 But now you also lay aside all [these] things: anger, rage, wickedness, slander, abusive language from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, [because you]c have taken off the old man together with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new [man] that is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of the one who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, [or] free, but Christ [is] all, and in all.

Appeal for New Behavior

12 Therefore, as [the] chosen of God, holy and [dearly] loved, put on affection, compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, 13 putting up with one another and forgiving one another. If anyone should have a complaint against anyone, just as also the Lord forgave you, thus also you [do the same]. 14 And to all these [things] [add] love, which is [the] bond of perfection. 15 And the peace of Christ must rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body, and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another with all wisdom, with psalms, hymns, [and] spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God, 17 and everything {whatever}d you do in word or in deed, giving thanks [for] all [things] in the name of the Lord Jesus to God the Father through him.

Mutual Responsibilities in Christian Relationships

18 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing in the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, so that they will not become discouraged. 22 Slaves, obey your {human}e masters in everything, not {while being watched}f, as people pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, accomplish [it] from the soul, as to the Lord, and not to people, 24 [because you]g know that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. Serveh the Lord Christ. 25 For the one who does wrong will receive back whatever wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.
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