Modern Literal Version
3:1 Therefore, if you* were raised up together with the Christ, seek* the things which are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 3:2 Be* mindful of the things above, not the things upon the earth. 3:3 For* you* died and the life you* have, has been hidden together with the Christ in God. 3:4 Whenever the Christ, who is the life of us, is manifested, then you* will also be manifested together with him in glory.
3:5 Therefore make* your* members dead which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire and greed, which is idolatry. 3:6 Because of which things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience; 3:7 among whom you* also previously walked, when you*were living in them. 3:8 But also now, place* all these things away from yourselves: anger, fury, malice, blasphemy, obscene speech from your* mouth.
3:9 Do* not lie to one another; since you*have stripped off the old man together with his practices, 3:10 and have clothed yourselves with the new man, who is being renewed to the full knowledge according to the image of the one who created him; 3:11 where there is no Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondservant, or free man, but Christis all things and in all things.
3:12 Therefore as chosen ones of God, holy and beloved, clothe* yourselves with a heart* of mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, 3:13 tolerating one another and forgiving*others in yourselves. If anyone has a complaint toward anyone; just-as the Christ forgave* you*, so you*also forgive* others. 3:14 But over all these things be clothed with the love*, which is the bond of maturity. 3:15 And let the peace of God arbitrate in your* hearts, for which you* were also called in one body, and become* thankful. 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you* richly, in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing in gratitude in your* heart to the Lord. 3:17 And everything, anything, whatever you* do* in word or in work, do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving-thanks to the God and Father through him.
3:18 The wives: be subject* to your* own husbands, as is proper in the Lord.
3:19 The husbands: love** the wives, and do* not be bitter toward them.
3:20 The children: obey** the parents according to all things, for* this is well pleasing in theLord.
3:21 The fathers: do* not aggravate your* children, in order that they may not be discouraged.
3:22 The bondservants: be* obedient* according to all things, those who are your* lords according to the flesh; not in eye-services, like men-pleasers, but in clarity of heart, fearing God.
3:23 And everything, anything whatever you* do*, work* from your soul, as you would to the Lord and not as to men; 3:24 knowing that you* will be receiving from the Lord the payment of the inheritance; for* you* are serving* the Lord Christ. 3:25 But he who does wrong will get back what he did wrong and there is no favoritism with God.
Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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