Colossians 3




1 If then you are risen with Christ, seek the things, that are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God.
2 let the things above, and not such worldly matters be the object of your thoughts.
3 for you are dead to them, and Christ has secured your life with God.
4 Christ is your life, and when he shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory.
5 Mortify therefore your sensual appetites, fornication, impurity, irregular passions, wicked desires, and that licentiousness practised by idolaters.
6 these are vices which draw down the divine vengeance upon unbelieving nations;
7 among whom you had your conversation, when you followed their practices.
8 but now renounce them all, as well as anger, animosity, malice: let calumny and obscene discourse be banish'd from your lips.
9 let there be no fraud among you, since you have discarded your former habits and practices, and are become new men,
10 improv'd by knowledge into a resemblance of him, who made this change:
11 by which there is now neither Greek, or Jew; circumcised, or uncircumcised; Barbarian, or Scythian; slave, or freeman; but Christ is all, and in all.
12 be you therefore adorn'd with a compassionate temper, with benevolence, humility, meekness, patience as becometh saints and chosen favourites of God:
13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, when one has any cause of complaint against another: as the Lord forgave you, do you likewise forgive.
14 to all this add love, which is the band of perfect union:
15 may the peace of Christ, to which you are called to be but one body, influence your hearts, to be benevolent.
16 Let the christian doctrine be the familiar subject of your entertainment: in all wisdom instructing and exhorting one another, in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, melodiously tuning your grateful praises to God.
17 let your discourse and your actions be all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father by him.
18 Dames, be submissive to your husbands, as becomes christians.
19 husbands, love your wives, and do not exasperate them.
20 children, obey your parents upon all occasions, for that is graceful in a christian.
21 fathers, don't treat your children with severity, lest they be discourag'd.
22 servants, be entirely obedient to those, whom the laws have made your masters, and not meerly out of regard to their observation, as designing only to please men, but from a principle of integrity, as fearing God:
23 and whatever you do, do it heartily, as serving the Lord, and not men:
24 knowing that as you are the servants of Christ our Lord, you shall receive from him the inheritance for your reward.
25 but he that does wrong shall be punish'd for his injustice: for no regard will be shown to the external characters of men.