The New Life in Christ
1So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your#3.4 Other authorities read our life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
5Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). 6On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient.#3.6 Other ancient authorities lack on those who are disobedient (Gk the children of disobedience) 7These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life.#3.7 Or living among such people 8But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive#3.8 Or filthy language from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices 10and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. 11In that renewal#3.11 Gk its creator, 11 where there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!
12As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord#3.13 Other ancient authorities read just as Christ has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ#3.16 Other ancient authorities read of God, or of the Lord dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.#3.16 Other ancient authorities read to the Lord 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Rules for Christian Households
18Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly.
20Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is your acceptable duty in the Lord. 21Fathers, do not provoke your children, or they may lose heart. 22Slaves, obey your earthly masters#3.22 In Greek the same word is used for master and Lord in everything, not only while being watched and in order to please them, but wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord.#3.22 In Greek the same word is used for master and Lord 23Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters,#3.23 Gk not for men 24since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve#3.24 Or you are slaves of, or be slaves of the Lord Christ. 25For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong has been done, and there is no partiality.