But now you also, (A)rid yourselves of all of them: (B)anger, wrath, malice, slander, and (C)obscene speech from your mouth. [a](D)Do not lie to one another, since you (E)stripped off the old [b]self with its evil practices, 10 and have (F)put on the new self, which is being [c](G)renewed to a true knowledge (H)according to the image of the One who (I)created it— 11 a renewal in which (J)there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, (K)circumcised and uncircumcised, [d](L)barbarian, [e]Scythian, (M)slave, and free, but (N)Christ is all, and in all.

12 So, as those who have been (O)chosen of God, holy and beloved, (P)put on a (Q)heart of compassion, kindness, (R)humility, gentleness, and [f](S)patience; 13 (T)bearing with one another, and (U)forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; (V)just as the Lord forgave you, so must you do also. 14 In addition to all these things put on love, which is [g](W)the perfect bond of (X)unity. 15 Let (Y)the peace of Christ, to which you were [h]indeed called in (Z)one body, [i]rule in your hearts; and [j]be thankful. 16 Let (AA)the word of [k]Christ richly dwell within you, [l]with all wisdom (AB)teaching and admonishing [m]one another (AC)with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, (AD)singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 (AE)Whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, (AF)giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Family Relations

18 (AG)Wives, (AH)be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 (AI)Husbands, love your wives and do not become bitter against them. 20 (AJ)Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing [n]to the Lord. 21 (AK)Fathers, do not [o]antagonize your children, so that they will not become discouraged.

22 [p](AL)Slaves, obey those who are your [q]human masters in everything, (AM)not with [r]eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, do your work [s]heartily, (AN)as for the Lord and not for people, 24 (AO)knowing that it is from the Lord that you will receive the reward [t]of (AP)the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you (AQ)serve. 25 For (AR)the one who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and [u](AS)that without partiality.

Masters, grant your slaves justice and fairness, (AT)knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

(AU)Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time (AV)for us as well, that God will open up to us a (AW)door for (AX)the word, so that we may proclaim (AY)the mystery of Christ, for which I have also (AZ)been imprisoned; that I may make it clear (BA)in the way that I ought to proclaim it.

[v](BB)Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward (BC)outsiders, [w](BD)making the most of the opportunity. (BE)Your speech must always be [x]with grace, as though seasoned with (BF)salt, so that you will know how you should (BG)respond to each person.


  1. Colossians 3:9 Or Stop lying
  2. Colossians 3:9 Lit person
  3. Colossians 3:10 Lit renovated
  4. Colossians 3:11 I.e., uncultured
  5. Colossians 3:11 I.e., a member of an ancient people near the Black Sea, often considered unrefined
  6. Colossians 3:12 I.e., forbearance toward others
  7. Colossians 3:14 Lit the uniting bond of perfection
  8. Colossians 3:15 Or also
  9. Colossians 3:15 Or be in control in
  10. Colossians 3:15 Or show yourselves thankful
  11. Colossians 3:16 One early ms the Lord
  12. Colossians 3:16 Or in
  13. Colossians 3:16 Or one another, singing with psalms...
  14. Colossians 3:20 Lit in
  15. Colossians 3:21 Or provoke to anger
  16. Colossians 3:22 I.e., slaves in first-century Roman culture
  17. Colossians 3:22 Lit masters according to flesh
  18. Colossians 3:22 I.e., working only when watched
  19. Colossians 3:23 Lit from the soul
  20. Colossians 3:24 I.e., consisting of
  21. Colossians 3:25 Lit there is no partiality
  22. Colossians 4:5 Lit Walk
  23. Colossians 4:5 Lit redeeming the time
  24. Colossians 4:6 Or gracious

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