Colossians 3




1 If you then are risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ abides, seated on the right hand of God.
2 Set your heart on things above, not on earthly things;
3 for you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is our life, appears, then will you also appear with him in glory.
5 So slay your baser inclinations. fornication, impurity, appetite, unnatural desires, and the greed which is idolatry.
6 These things are ever bringing down the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience,
7 among whom you once led your daily life when you lived in them.
8 But now you also must renounce them all. Anger, passion, and ill-will must be put away; slander, too, and foul talk, so that they may never soil your lips.
9 Lie not one to another, but strip off the old self with its doings,
10 and put on that new self which is continually made over according to the likeness of its Creator, into full understanding.
11 In it that new creation there is no "Greek and Jew," "circumcised and uncircumcised," "barbarian," "Scythian," "slave," "free man," but Christ is all, and in us all.
12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, consecrated and beloved, clothe yourselves with tenderness of heart, kindness, humility, gentleness, good temper;
13 bearing with one another and forgiving each other, if any one has a grievance against another. Just as Christ the Lord forgave you, so must you forgive.
14 Over them all bind on love, which is the girdle of completeness.
15 Let the peace of Christ, to which also you were called in one body, rule in your hearts, and show yourselves thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ have its home in you richly, in all wisdom. Teach and admonish one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, ever singing with grace in your hearts unto God.
17 And whatever you do, whether in word of in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God our Father through him.
18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting for Christians.
19 Husbands, be loving to your wives, and be not cross or surly with them.
20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is well pleasing in Christians.
21 Fathers, do not harass your children, lest you make them spiritless.
22 Slaves, obey in all things your earthly masters, not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of purpose, out of reverence for your Lord.
23 And whatever you do, do it heartily as for the Lord, and not for men.
24 You know that from the Lord you will receive reward of the inheritance, for you are the Lord Christ's slaves.
25 For he who wrongs another will be paid back for his wrong-doing, and there will be no favoritism.