21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they (A)became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 (B)Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and (C)exchanged the glory of (D)the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore (E)God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to (F)the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for (G)a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, (H)who is blessed forever! Amen.

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13 For (A)judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Faith Without Works Is Dead

14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith (B)but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 (C)If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,

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11 So you also must consider yourselves (A)dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12 Let not (B)sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 (C)Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but (D)present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.

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19 (A)I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For (B)just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members (C)as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

20 (D)For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 (E)But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things (F)of which you are now ashamed? (G)For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you (H)have been set free from sin and (I)have become slaves of God, (J)the fruit you get leads to sanctification and (K)its end, eternal life. 23 (L)For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Do Not Love the World

15 (A)Do not love the world or the things in the world. (B)If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—(C)the desires of the flesh and (D)the desires of the eyes and pride of life[a]—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And (E)the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 John 2:16 Or pride in possessions

But (A)he gives more grace. Therefore it says, (B)“God opposes the proud but (C)gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. (D)Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (E)Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (F)Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and (G)purify your hearts, (H)you double-minded. (I)Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 (J)Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

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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.

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Footnotes

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

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

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

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Footnotes

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

A Living Sacrifice

12 (A)I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, (B)to present your bodies (C)as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 12:1 Or brothers and sisters
  2. Romans 12:1 Or your rational service

(A)Do not be conformed to this world,[a] but be transformed by (B)the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may (C)discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 12:2 Greek age
  2. Romans 12:2 Or what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God

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