Modern Literal Version
[Colossians 3]

     3:1 Therefore, if youĎ were raised up together with the Christ, seekĎ the things which are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 3:2 BeĎ mindful of the things which are above, not the things which are upon the earth. 3:3 For* youĎ died and the life youĎ have, has been hidden together with the Christ in God. 3:4 Whenever the Christ, who is the life of us, is manifested, then youĎ will also be manifested together with him in glory.

     3:5 Therefore mortifyĎ yourĎ members 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 youĎ also previously walked, when youĎwere living in these things. 3:8 But also now, placeĎ all these things away from yourselves: anger, fury, malice, blasphemy, obscene speech from yourĎ mouth.

     3:9 DoĎ not lie to one another; since youĎ 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, clotheĎ 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* youĎ, so youĎalso 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 yourĎ hearts, for which youĎ were also called in one body, and becomeĎ thankful. 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in youĎ richly, in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing in gratitude in yourĎ heart to the Lord. 3:17 And everything, anything, whatever youĎ 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 subjectĎ to yourĎ own husbands, as is proper in the Lord.

     3:19 The husbands: love the wives, and doĎ 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: doĎ not aggravate yourĎ children, in order that they may not be discouraged.

     3:22 The bondservants: beĎ obedient according to all things, those who are yourĎ 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 youĎ do, workĎ from your soul, as you would to the Lord and not as to men; 3:24 knowing that youĎ will be receiving from the Lord the payment of the inheritance; for* youĎ 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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