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Colossians 3 Revised Geneva Translation (RGT)

If you, then, are risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God.

Set your mind on things which are above, not on things which are on the earth.

For you have died, and your life has been hidden with Christ in God.

When Christ (Who is your life) is revealed, then you shall also be revealed with Him in glory.

Therefore, mortify those parts of your body which are of the earth: fornication, impurity, depraved passions, lust, and covetousness (which is idolatry),

for the sake of which things the wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience;

and wherein also you once walked when you lived in them.

But now, however, take all these things out of your mouth also: anger, wrath, malice, slander, foul language.

Do not lie to one another, having put off the old man with his deeds

10 and having put on the new (who is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him who created him).

11 There is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but all, and in all, is Christ.

12 Now, therefore, as the Elect of God, holy and beloved, put on hearts of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,

13 bearing with one another and forgiving one another. If anyone has a quarrel with another, even as Christ forgave, so do you.

14 And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of complete unity.

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you were called in one body. And be thankful.

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly, in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing each other in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with a grace in your hearts to God.

17 And whatever you shall do, in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as it is fitting in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be embittered toward them.

20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for that is well-pleasing to the Lord.

21 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

22 Servants, in all things, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service as man-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God.

23 And whatever you do, work from your soul, as to the Lord, and not to man;

24 knowing that you shall receive the reward of the inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.

25 But the one who does wrong shall be repaid for the wrong that he has done. And there is no respect of persons.

Revised Geneva Translation (RGT)

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Colossians 3 New International Version (NIV)

Living as Those Made Alive in Christ

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[b] You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Instructions for Christian Households

18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

21 Fathers,[c] do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.


  1. Colossians 3:4 Some manuscripts our
  2. Colossians 3:6 Some early manuscripts coming on those who are disobedient
  3. Colossians 3:21 Or Parents
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