Lesson 07
Col. 3:18-4:1
English Translations
last revised: 03/07/08

 
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Revised Standard Version
        3.18 Wives, be subject 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, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 
        22 Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality. 4.1 Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
New Revised Standard Version
        3.18 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly. 
        20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is your acceptable duty in the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, or they may lose heart. 
        22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything, not only while being watched and in order to please them, but wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, 24 since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong has been done, and there is no partiality. 4.1 Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, for you know that you also have a Master in heaven.
King James Version
        3.18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. 
        20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. 21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. 
        22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. 4.1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
New King James Version
        3.18 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. 
        20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 
        22 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for F10 you serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality. 4.1 Masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. 
American Standard Version
        3.18 Wives, be in subjection to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. 
         20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing in the Lord. 21 Fathers, provoke not your children, that they be not discouraged. 
         22 Servants, obey in all things them that are your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord: 23 whatsoever ye do, work heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men; 24 knowing that from the Lord ye shall receive the recompense of the inheritance: ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 For he that doeth wrong shall receive again for the wrong that he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. 4.1 Masters, render unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. 
New American Standard Bible
         3.18 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them. 
        20 Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart. 
         22 Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. 25 For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality. 4.1 Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven. 
Cotton Patch Paraphrase
        3.18. Ladies, be subordinate to your men, as becomes a Christian wife. Men, love your wives and donít act ornery toward them. 
        Kids, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, donít dominate your kids too much lest their spirits be broken. 
        Employees, always cooperate with your human bosses, not for promotion or praise, but with the pure motive which springs from reverence for God. Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as though you were working for God and not men. You may rest assured that you will receive from the Lord the pay thatís due you. You are employed by Christ the Lord. For the crook will get back his own crookedness, since there is no favoritism. 4.1 Employers, treat your employees with justice and equality, realizing that you yourselves have a spiritual employer.
New Living Translation
       3.18 You wives must submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord. 19 And you husbands must love your wives and never treat them harshly. 
        20 You children must always obey your parents, for this is what pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, don't aggravate your children. If you do, they will become discouraged and quit trying. 
         22 You slaves must obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Obey them willingly because of your reverent fear of the Lord. 23 Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and the Master you are serving is Christ. 25 But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites who can get away with evil. 4.1 You slave owners must be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master Ė in heaven. 
New International Version
        3.18 Wives, submit 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, 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 win 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 men, 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 his wrong, and there is no favoritism. 4.1 Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.  
New International Readers Version
       3.18 Wives, follow the lead of your husbands. That's what the Lord wants you to do. 19 Husbands, love your wives. Don't be mean to them. 
        20 Children, obey your parents in everything. That pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, don't make your children bitter. If you do, they will lose hope. 
        22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything. Don't do it just to please them when they are watching you. Obey them with an honest heart. Do it out of respect for the Lord. 23 Work at everything you do with all your heart. Work as if you were working for the Lord, not for human masters. 24 Work because you know that you will finally receive as a reward what the Lord wants you to have. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be paid back for what he does. God treats everyone the same. 4.1 Masters, give your slaves what is right and fair. Do it because you know that you also have a Master in heaven. 
Holman Christian Standard Bible
       3.18 Wives, be submissive to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and don't become bitter against them. 
        20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing in the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so they won't become discouraged. 
        22 Slaves, obey your human masters in everything; don't work only while being watched, in order to please men, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord--you serve the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong he has done, and there is no favoritism. 4.1 Masters, supply your slaves with what is right and fair, since you know that you too have a Master in heaven. 
Bible in Basic English
       3.18 Wives, be under the authority of your husbands, as is right in the Lord. 19 Husbands, have love for your wives, and be not bitter against them. 
        20 Children, do the orders of your fathers and mothers in all things, for this is pleasing to the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not be hard on your children, so that their spirit may not be broken. 
         22 Servants, in all things do the orders of your natural masters; not only when their eyes are on you, as pleasers of men, but with all your heart, fearing the Lord: 23 Whatever you do, do it readily, as to the Lord and not to men; 24 Being certain that the Lord will give you the reward of the heritage: for you are the servants of the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will have punishment for the wrong he has done, without respect for any man's position. 4.1 Masters, give your servants what is right and equal, conscious that you have a Master in heaven. 
Good News for Modern Man: Today's English Version
        3.18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, for that is what you should do as Christians. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. 
        20 Children, it is your Christian duty to obey your parents always, for that is what pleases God. 21 Parents, do not irritate your children, or they will become discouraged. 
        22 Slaves, obey your human masters in all things, not only when they are watching you because you want to gain their approval; but do it with a sincere heart because of your reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people. 24 Remember that the Lord will give you as a reward what he has kept for his people. For Christ is the real Master you serve. 25 And all wrongdoers will be repaid for the wrong things they do, because God judges everyone by the same standard. 4.1 Masters, be fair and just in the way you treat your slaves. Remember that you too have a Master in heaven. 
The Message
         3.18 Wives, understand and support your husbands by submitting to them in ways that honor the Master. 19 Husbands, go all out in love for your wives. Don't take advantage of them. 
        20 Children, do what your parents tell you. This delights the Master no end. 21 Parents, don't come down too hard on your children or you'll crush their spirits. 
         22 Servants, do what you're told by your earthly masters. And don't just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. 23 Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, 24 confident that you'll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you're serving is Christ. 25 The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being Christian doesn't cover up bad work. 4.1 And masters, treat your servants considerately. Be fair with them. Don't forget for a minute that you, too, serve a Master - God in heaven. 
The Douay-Rheims Bible
         3.18 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as it behoveth in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and be not bitter towards them. 
        20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing to the Lord. 21 Fathers, provoke not your children to indignation, lest they be discouraged. 
        22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh: not serving to the eye, as pleasing men: but in simplicity of heart, fearing God. 23 Whatsoever you do, do it from the heart, as to the Lord, and not to men: 24 Knowing that you shall receive of the Lord the reward of inheritance. Serve ye the Lord Christ. 25 For he that doth wrong shall receive for that which he hath done wrongfully. And there is no respect of persons with God. 4.1 Masters, do to your servants that which is just and equal: knowing that you also have a master in heaven. 
Weymouth New Testament
        3.18 Married women, be submissive to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Married men, be affectionate to your wives, and do not treat them harshly. 
        20 Children be obedient to your parents in everything; for that is right for Christians. 21 Fathers, do not fret and harass your children, or you may make them sullen and morose. 
        22 Slaves, be obedient in everything to your earthly masters; not in acts of eye service, as aiming only to please men, but with simplicity of purpose, because you fear the Lord. 23 Whatever you are doing, let your hearts be in your work, as a thing done for the Lord and not for men. 24 For you know that it is from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. Christ is the Master whose bondservants you are. 25 The man who perpetrates a wrong will find the wrong repaid to him; and with God there are no merely earthly distinctions. 4.1 Masters, deal justly and equitably with your slaves, knowing that you too have a Master in Heaven. 

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