Colossians 3

Put On the New Self

1 If then you were a raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, b where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the c earth. 3 d For you died, e and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 f When Christ who is g our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in h glory.

5 i Therefore put to death j your members which are on the earth: k fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, l which is idolatry. 6 m Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon n the sons of disobedience, 7 o in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. 8 p But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who q is renewed in knowledge r according to the image of Him who s created him, 11 where there is neither t Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, u but Christ is all and in all.

12 Therefore, v as the elect of God, holy and beloved, w put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 x bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 y But above all these things z put on love, which is the a bond of perfection. 15 And let b the peace of God rule in your hearts, c to which also you were called d in one body; and e be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another f in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And g whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Rules for Christian Households

18 h Wives, submit to your own husbands, i as is fitting in the Lord. 19 j Husbands, love your wives and do not be k bitter toward them. 20 l Children, obey your parents m in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. 21 n Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22 o Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. 23 p And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 q knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; r for 1 you serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and s there is no partiality.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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