Colossians 3 New American Standard Bible

3 1  Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ , keep seeking the things above , where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God . 2  Set your mind on the things above , not on the things that are on earth . 3  For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God . 4  When Christ , who is our life , is revealed , then you also will be revealed with Him in glory .

The Old Life and the New

5  Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality , impurity , passion , evil desire , and greed , which amounts to idolatry . 6  For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience , 7  and in them you also once walked , when you were living in them.

8  But now you also , put them all aside : anger , wrath , malice , slander , and abusive speech from your mouth . 9  Do not lie to one another , since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices , 10  and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him- 11  a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew , circumcised and uncircumcised , barbarian , Scythian , slave and freeman , but Christ is all , and in all .

12  So , as those who have been chosen of God , holy and beloved , put on a heart of compassion , kindness , humility , gentleness and patience ; 13  bearing with one another , and forgiving each other , whoever e has a complaint against anyone ; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14  Beyond all these things put on love , which is the perfect bond of unity . 15  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts , to which indeed you were called in one body ; and be thankful . 16  Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs , singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God . 17  Whatever you do in word or deed , do all in the name of the Lord Jesus , giving thanks through Him to God the Father .

Social Duties of the New Life

18  Wives , be subject to your husbands , as is fitting in the Lord . 19  Husbands , love your wives and do not be embittered against them. 20  Children , be obedient to your parents in all things , for this is well-pleasing to the Lord . 21  Fathers , do not exasperate your children , so that they will not lose heart . 22  Slaves , in all things obey those who are your masters on earth , not with external service , as those who merely please men , but with sincerity of heart , fearing the Lord . 23  Whatever e you do , do your work heartily , as for the Lord rather than e for men , 24  knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance . It is the Lord Christ whom you serve . 25  For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done , and that without partiality .

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