Colossians 3 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 You have been raised up with Christ. So think about things that are in heaven. That is where Christ is. He is sitting at God's right hand. 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.
2 Think about things that are in heaven. Don't think about things that are on earth. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
3 You died. Now your life is hidden with Christ in God. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
4 Christ is your life. When he appears again, you also will appear with him in heaven's glory. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 So put to death anything that belongs to your earthly nature. Get rid of your sexual sins and unclean acts. Don't let your feelings get out of control. Remove from your life all evil longings. Stop always wanting more and more. You might as well be worshiping statues of gods. 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
6 God's anger is going to come because of those things. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
7 That's the way you lived at one time in your life. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.
8 But now here are the kinds of things you must get rid of. You must put away anger, rage, hate and lies. Let no dirty words come out of your mouths. 8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
9 Don't lie to each other. You have gotten rid of your old way of life and its habits. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices
10 You have started living a new life. It is being made new so that what you know has the Creator's likeness. 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
11 Here there is no Greek or Jew. There is no difference between those who are circumcised and those who are not. There is no rude outsider, or even a Scythian. There is no slave or free person. But Christ is everything. And he is in everything. 11 Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
12 You are God's chosen people. You are holy and dearly loved. So put on tender mercy and kindness as if they were your clothes. Don't be proud. Be gentle and patient. 12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
13 Put up with each other. Forgive the things you are holding against one another. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
14 And over all of those good things put on love. Love holds them all together perfectly as if they were one. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace that Christ gives rule in your hearts. As parts of one body, you were appointed to live in peace. And be thankful. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
16 Let Christ's word live in you like a rich treasure. Teach and correct each other wisely. Sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing with thanks in your hearts to God. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
17 Do everything you say or do in the name of the Lord Jesus. Always give thanks to God the Father through Christ. 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.
18 Wives, follow the lead of your husbands. That's what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives. Don't be mean to them. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.
20 Children, obey your parents in everything. That pleases the Lord. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
21 Fathers, don't make your children bitter. If you do, they will lose hope. 21 Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything. Don't do it just to please them when they are watching you. Obey them with an honest heart. Do it out of respect for the Lord. 22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.
23 Work at everything you do with all your heart. Work as if you were working for the Lord, not for human masters. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,
24 Work because you know that you will finally receive as a reward what the Lord wants you to have. You are serving the Lord Christ. 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
25 Anyone who does wrong will be paid back for what he does. God treats everyone the same. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism.