So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

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and those who are (A)in the flesh cannot please God.

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and those who are in the flesh [living a life that caters to sinful appetites and impulses] cannot please God.

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Those who are in the realm of the flesh(A) cannot please God.

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So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

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13 For (A)if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you (B)put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

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13 for (A)if you are living in accord with the flesh, you are going to die; but if by the Spirit you are (B)putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

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13 for if you are living according to the [impulses of the] flesh, you are going to die. But if [you are living] by the [power of the Holy] Spirit you are habitually putting to death the sinful deeds of the body, you will [really] live forever.

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13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die;(A) but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body,(B) you will live.(C)

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13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

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(A)Therefore put to death (B)your members which are on the earth: (C)fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, (D)which is idolatry. (E)Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon (F)the sons of disobedience,

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(A)Therefore, [a]treat (B)the parts of your earthly body as dead to (C)sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which [b]amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that (D)the wrath of God is coming [c]upon the [d]sons of disobedience,

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  1. Colossians 3:5 Lit put to death the parts of your body which are upon the earth
  2. Colossians 3:5 Lit is
  3. Colossians 3:6 Two early mss do not contain upon the sons of disobedience
  4. Colossians 3:6 I.e., people opposed to God

So put to death and deprive of power the evil longings of your earthly body [with its sensual, self-centered instincts] immorality, impurity, sinful passion, evil desire, and greed, which is [a kind of] idolatry [because it replaces your devotion to God]. Because of these [sinful] things the [divine] wrath of God is coming [a]on the sons of disobedience [those who fail to listen and who routinely and obstinately disregard God’s precepts],

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  1. Colossians 3:6 Two early mss do not contain this phrase.

Put to death,(A) therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature:(B) sexual immorality,(C) impurity, lust, evil desires and greed,(D) which is idolatry.(E) Because of these, the wrath of God(F) is coming.[a]

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  1. Colossians 3:6 Some early manuscripts coming on those who are disobedient

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

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22 that you (A)put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and (B)be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you (C)put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

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22 that, in reference to your former way of life, you are to (A)rid yourselves of the (B)old [a]self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the (C)lusts of deceit, 23 and that you are to be (D)renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to (E)put on the (F)new [b]self, which [c](G)in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

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  1. Ephesians 4:22 Lit person
  2. Ephesians 4:24 Lit person
  3. Ephesians 4:24 Lit according to God

22 that, regarding your previous way of life, you put off your old self [completely discard your former nature], which is being corrupted through deceitful desires, 23 and be continually renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh, untarnished mental and spiritual attitude], 24 and put on the new self [the regenerated and renewed nature], created in God’s image, [godlike] in the righteousness and holiness of the truth [living in a way that expresses to God your gratitude for your salvation].

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22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off(A) your old self,(B) which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;(C) 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;(D) 24 and to put on(E) the new self,(F) created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.(G)

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22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

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24 And those who are Christ’s (A)have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

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24 Now those who [a]belong to (A)Christ Jesus (B)crucified the flesh with its passions and (C)desires.

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  1. Galatians 5:24 Lit are of Christ Jesus