Colossians 3:8-10

8 But now 1you must put them all away: 2anger, wrath, malice, 3slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
9 4Do not lie to one another, seeing that 5you have put off 6the old self[a] with its practices
10 and 7have put on 8the new self, 9which is being renewed in knowledge 10after the image of 11its creator.

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Colossians 3:8-10 Meaning and Commentary


This chapter contains exhortations to several duties, some more general, which relate to all Christians, and others more particular, which belong to saints in such and such a state of life. The apostle begins with an exhortation to seek things heavenly, and not earthly, and to set the affections on the one, and not on the other: the arguments used to enforce it are taken from the saints being risen with Christ; from Christ being in heaven at the Father's right hand; from their being dead to sin, the law, and the world; from their having life in Christ safe and secure; yea, from Christ being their life, and their appearance with him in glory, Col 3:1-4. And next he proceeds to an exhortation to the mortification of sin, and the deeds of it, which he urges from the wrath of God coming upon men for these things, and from the consideration of their former state and condition, expressed by walking and living in them, Col 3:5-7, and by a metaphor taken from the putting off and on of garments, he exhorts to the putting off of the old man, with his deeds, several of which are mentioned, Col 3:8,9, and to the putting on of the new man, and to the exercise of various graces, as mercy, meekness, forbearance, forgiveness, charity, and peace, Col 3:10-15. And then he proceeds to exhort to such duties as relate to the word and worship of God; as that the word of Christ should have an abiding place in them, and that they should teach and instruct one another by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, and do all they did in a religious way, in the name of Christ, with thankfulness to God by him, Col 3:16,17. And closes the chapter with the duties of wives to their husbands, and of husbands to their wives, and of children to their parents, and of parents to their children, and of servants to their masters, Col 3:18-25.

Colossians 3:8-10 In-Context

6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming.
7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.
8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices
10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

Cross References 11

  • 1. See Ephesians 4:22
  • 2. Ephesians 4:31
  • 3. See Ephesians 4:29
  • 4. Leviticus 19:11; See Ephesians 4:25
  • 5. Colossians 2:11
  • 6. Romans 6:6; Ephesians 4:22
  • 7. Ephesians 4:24
  • 8. See Romans 6:4
  • 9. See Romans 12:2
  • 10. See Romans 8:29
  • 11. [Ephesians 2:10]

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Greek man; also as supplied in verse 10
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