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Colossians 3

1 If therefore you were raised in Christ, be seeking the [things] above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Be being mindful of the [things] above, not the [things] on the earth. 3 For you died, and your zoe-life1 is hidden with [the] Christ in God. 4 Whenever Christ will become visible, [who is] your zoe-life1, then also you with him will become visible in glory. 5 Put to death therefore [your] members upon the earth: immorality, uncleanness, passion, evil desires and the greediness which is idolatry, 6 because of which comes the anger of God upon the sons of disobedience2, 7 in which also you walked at one time, when you were zoe-living1 in these [things]. 8 But now you also lay aside all [these]: anger, passion, evil, slander, obscene speech out [of your] mouth. 9 Do not be lying to one another, taking off the old man with its evil deeds, 10 and having put on the new, the [one] being renewed for knowledge according to the image of the [one] having created it, 11 where there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, foreigner, Scythian, slave, free, but all indeed are in Christ. 12 Therefore put on—as chosen of God holy and agape-beloved— affection of mercy, kindness, humblemindedness, gentleness, long-suffering, 13 being patient with one another and forgiving each other, if anyone has [a] complaint against anyone; indeed just as the Lord forgave you, likewise you also [forgive one another]. 14 But above all these [put on] agape-love, which is the bond of completeness. 15 And let3 the peace of Christ be controlling in your hearts, for which you also were called in one body; and become thankful. 16 Let3 the word of Christ be dwelling in you richly, in all wisdom teaching and warning each other with psalms, hymns, spiritual songs in kindness, singing in your hearts go God. 17 And all which you do in word or in deed, [do] all in [the] name of Christ Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him. 18 Wives, be subjecting yourselves to your husbands, as it is befitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, be agape-loving your wives and do not be being embittered toward them. 20 Children, be obeying your parents according to everything, for this is well-pleasing with the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not be embittering your children, in order that they not be being discouraged. 22 Slaves, be obeying in everything your masters according to the flesh, not in eye-service as men-pleasers, but in sincerity [of] heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you be doing, from your psyche-life4 be working as to the Lord, and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance, for you are slaving to the Lord Christ. 25 Be being subject to the Lord Christ, because the [one] doing unjustly will receive what he did unjustly, and there is no partiality [with God].

1from ZOE "ZOH-ay" (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected. Although it means 'life' in the conventional sense (for example: Matt.9:18, Matt.27:63, Luke.2:36, Acts.25:24, Rom.7:2, 2Cor.1:8, 1Thes.4:17, 1Tim.5:10, Rev.19:20), Jesus uses ZOE exclusively of 'life eternal' (with the possible exceptions of Luke.15:13, Luke.16:25). The other N.T. writers use ZOE in both senses—temporal and eternal, generally clear from the context. The Father is the 'zoe-living God' (see Matt.16:16). The Septuagint (LXX) in Gen.2:7 has "...[God] breathed into his nostrils the breath of zoe-life, and the man became a zoe-living psyche-life" (and see 1Cor.15:45); and Gen.3:20 (LXX) "And Adam called his wife's name ZOE, because she was the mother of all zoe-living." Contrast PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. See John.12:25 where both ZOE and PSYCHE occur. Greek also has the word BIOS (βιoς ) for 'life' in the sense of biological processes.

2"upon the sons of disobedience" HK vg; omit: p46B


4from PSYCHE (ψυχη): an individual manifestation of life/consciousness. Animals have PSYCHEs as well as humans. Contrast ZOE (ζωη)—Life 'collectively', interdependent, interconnected.