12 So, as those who have been (A)chosen of God, holy and beloved, (B)put on a (C)heart of compassion, kindness, (D)humility, gentleness, and [a](E)patience; 13 (F)bearing with one another, and (G)forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; (H)just as the Lord forgave you, so must you do also. 14 In addition to all these things put on love, which is [b](I)the perfect bond of (J)unity. 15 Let (K)the peace of Christ, to which you were [c]indeed called in (L)one body, [d]rule in your hearts; and [e]be thankful. 16 Let (M)the word of [f]Christ richly dwell within you, [g]with all wisdom (N)teaching and admonishing [h]one another (O)with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, (P)singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 (Q)Whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, (R)giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Family Relations

18 (S)Wives, (T)be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 (U)Husbands, love your wives and do not become bitter against them. 20 (V)Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing [i]to the Lord. 21 (W)Fathers, do not [j]antagonize your children, so that they will not become discouraged.

22 [k](X)Slaves, obey those who are your [l]human masters in everything, (Y)not with [m]eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, do your work [n]heartily, (Z)as for the Lord and not for people, 24 (AA)knowing that it is from the Lord that you will receive the reward [o]of (AB)the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you (AC)serve. 25 For (AD)the one who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and [p](AE)that without partiality.

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  1. Colossians 3:12 I.e., forbearance toward others
  2. Colossians 3:14 Lit the uniting bond of perfection
  3. Colossians 3:15 Or also
  4. Colossians 3:15 Or be in control in
  5. Colossians 3:15 Or show yourselves thankful
  6. Colossians 3:16 One early ms the Lord
  7. Colossians 3:16 Or in
  8. Colossians 3:16 Or one another, singing with psalms...
  9. Colossians 3:20 Lit in
  10. Colossians 3:21 Or provoke to anger
  11. Colossians 3:22 I.e., slaves in first-century Roman culture
  12. Colossians 3:22 Lit masters according to flesh
  13. Colossians 3:22 I.e., working only when watched
  14. Colossians 3:23 Lit from the soul
  15. Colossians 3:24 I.e., consisting of
  16. Colossians 3:25 Lit there is no partiality

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