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Colossians 3:12-4:1 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord[a] has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ[b] dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.[c] 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Rules for Christian Households

18 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly.

20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is your acceptable duty in the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, or they may lose heart. 22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters[d] in everything, not only while being watched and in order to please them, but wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord.[e] 23 Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters,[f] 24 since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve[g] the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong has been done, and there is no partiality. Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, for you know that you also have a Master in heaven.


  1. Colossians 3:13 Other ancient authorities read just as Christ
  2. Colossians 3:16 Other ancient authorities read of God, or of the Lord
  3. Colossians 3:16 Other ancient authorities read to the Lord
  4. Colossians 3:22 In Greek the same word is used for master and Lord
  5. Colossians 3:22 In Greek the same word is used for master and Lord
  6. Colossians 3:23 Gk not for men
  7. Colossians 3:24 Or you are slaves of, or be slaves of
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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