20 But that is not the way you (A)learned Christ!— 21 assuming that (B)you have heard about him and (C)were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to (D)put off (E)your old self,[a] which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through (F)deceitful desires, 23 and (G)to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on (H)the new self, (I)created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you (J)speak the truth with his neighbor, for (K)we are members one of another. 26 (L)Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and (M)give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather (N)let him labor, (O)doing honest work with his own hands, so (P)that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 (Q)Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give (R)grace to those who hear. 30 And (S)do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, (T)by whom you were sealed for the day of (U)redemption. 31 (V)Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 (W)Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, (X)forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

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  1. Ephesians 4:22 Greek man; also verse 24

Put On the New Self

(A)If then you have been raised with Christ, seek (B)the things that are above, where Christ is, (C)seated at the right hand of God. (D)Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For (E)you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ (F)who is your[a] life (G)appears, then you also will appear with him (H)in glory.

(I)Put to death therefore (J)what is earthly in you:[b] (K)sexual immorality, impurity, (L)passion, evil desire, and covetousness, (M)which is idolatry. (N)On account of these the wrath of God is coming.[c] (O)In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now (P)you must put them all away: (Q)anger, wrath, malice, (R)slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. (S)Do not lie to one another, seeing that (T)you have put off (U)the old self[d] with its practices 10 and (V)have put on (W)the new self, (X)which is being renewed in knowledge (Y)after the image of (Z)its creator. 11 (AA)Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,[e] free; but Christ is (AB)all, and in all.

12 (AC)Put on then, as (AD)God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, (AE)compassionate hearts, (AF)kindness, (AG)humility, meekness, and patience, 13 (AH)bearing with one another and, (AI)if one has a complaint against another, (AJ)forgiving each other; (AK)as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on (AL)love, which (AM)binds everything together in (AN)perfect harmony. 15 And let (AO)the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called (AP)in one body. And (AQ)be thankful. 16 Let (AR)the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, (AS)singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, (AT)with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And (AU)whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, (AV)giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Rules for Christian Households

18 (AW)Wives, submit to your husbands, as (AX)is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and (AY)do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents (AZ)in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22 Bondservants, obey (BA)in everything those who are your earthly masters,[f] not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 (BB)Whatever you do, work heartily, (BC)as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord (BD)you will receive the inheritance as your reward. (BE)You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.


  1. Colossians 3:4 Some manuscripts our
  2. Colossians 3:5 Greek therefore your members that are on the earth
  3. Colossians 3:6 Some manuscripts add upon the sons of disobedience
  4. Colossians 3:9 Greek man; also as supplied in verse 10
  5. Colossians 3:11 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for Bondservants in verse 22
  6. Colossians 3:22 Or your masters according to the flesh

He must (A)hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in (B)sound[a] doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.

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  1. Titus 1:9 Or healthy; also verse 13