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These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life.[a]

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  1. Colossians 3:7 Or living among such people

in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient.

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You have already spent enough time in doing what the Gentiles like to do, living in licentiousness, passions, drunkenness, revels, carousing, and lawless idolatry. They are surprised that you no longer join them in the same excesses of dissipation, and so they blaspheme.[a]

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  1. 1 Peter 4:4 Or they malign you

19 I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations.[a] For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.

20 When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.

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  1. Romans 6:19 Gk the weakness of your flesh

For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another.

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11 And this is what some of you used to be. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

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13 And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God[a] made you[b] alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses,

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  1. Colossians 2:13 Gk he
  2. Colossians 2:13 Other ancient authorities read made us; others, made

While we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.

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