New American Bible (Revised Edition)
4 When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.
Renunciation of Vice.[a] 5 Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly:(A) immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and the greed that is idolatry.[b] 6 Because of these the wrath of God[c] is coming [upon the disobedient].(B) 7 By these you too once conducted yourselves, when you lived in that way. 8 But now you must put them all away:[d] anger, fury, malice, slander, and obscene language out of your mouths.(C) 9 Stop lying to one another, since you have taken off the old self with its practices(D) 10 [e]and have put on the new self, which is being renewed, for knowledge, in the image of its creator.(E) 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian,[f] slave, free; but Christ is all and in all.(F)Read full chapter
- 3:5–17 In lieu of false asceticism and superstitious festivals, the apostle reminds the Colossians of the moral life that is to characterize their response to God through Christ. He urges their participation in the liturgical hymns and prayers that center upon God’s plan of salvation in Christ (Col 3:16).
- 3:5, 8 The two lists of five vices each are similar to enumerations at Rom 1:29–31 and Gal 5:19–21.
- 3:6 The wrath of God: see note on Rom 1:18. Many manuscripts add, as at Eph 5:6, “upon the disobedient.”
- 3:8–10 Put…away; have taken off; have put on: the terms may reflect baptismal practice, taking off garments and putting on new ones after being united with Christ, here translated into ethical terms.
- 3:10 Image: see note on Col 1:15.
- 3:11 Scythian: a barbarous people from north of the Black Sea.