Colossians 3:13
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New International Version
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

New Living Translation
Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

English Standard Version
bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

New American Standard Bible
bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

King James Bible
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive.

International Standard Version
Be tolerant of one another and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, you also should forgive.

NET Bible
bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if someone happens to have a complaint against anyone else. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also forgive others.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And be forbearing one to another and forgiving one another. But if anyone has an outrage against his neighbor, forgive just as The Messiah has forgiven you,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Put up with each other, and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
forbearing one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a quarrel against another: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

King James 2000 Bible
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do you.

American King James Version
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do you.

American Standard Version
forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another: even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also.

Darby Bible Translation
forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any should have a complaint against any; even as the Christ has forgiven you, so also [do] *ye*.

English Revised Version
forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye:

Webster's Bible Translation
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man hath a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Weymouth New Testament
bearing with one another and readily forgiving each other, if any one has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, you also must forgive.

World English Bible
bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do.

Young's Literal Translation
forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any one with any one may have a quarrel, as also the Christ did forgive you -- so also ye;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:12-17 We must not only do no hurt to any, but do what good we can to all. Those who are the elect of God, holy and beloved, ought to be lowly and compassionate towards all. While in this world, where there is so much corruption in our hearts, quarrels will sometimes arise. But it is our duty to forgive one another, imitating the forgiveness through which we are saved. Let the peace of God rule in your hearts; it is of his working in all who are his. Thanksgiving to God, helps to make us agreeable to all men. The gospel is the word of Christ. Many have the word, but it dwells in them poorly; it has no power over them. The soul prospers, when we are full of the Scriptures and of the grace of Christ. But when we sing psalms, we must be affected with what we sing. Whatever we are employed about, let us do every thing in the name of the Lord Jesus, and in believing dependence on him. Those who do all in Christ's name, will never want matter of thanksgiving to God, even the Father.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - Bearing with one another, and forgiving each other (literally, yourselves), if any one have a complaint against any (Ephesians 4:1, 2, 32; Ephesians 5:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; 1 Corinthians 6:7, 8; 2 Corinthians 2:10; Matthew 6:14, 15; Matthew 18:21-35; Mark 11:25; Luke 17:3, 4). (On "bearing with" or "forbearing," see 1 Corinthians 4:12; 2 Corinthians 11:19, 20; Matthew 17:17.) It is ascribed to God, with "long-suffering," especially as shown in his dealing with the sins of men before the coming of Christ (Romans 2:4; Romans 3:26: comp. Acts 17:30). Long suffering may be shown towards all who do us injury; forbearance especially towards those from whom regard or obedience is due. It falls short of forgiveness, which can only ensue on repentance (Luke 17:3, 4: comp. Romans 3:25, 26; Acts 17:30). The change of pronoun in the two participial clauses appears also in Ephesians 4:2 and 32: the first is reciprocal, but the second is reflexive, implying the oneness of the forgiving and the forgiven party. Forgiving a Christian brother, it is as though a man were forgiving himself (comp. vers. 14, 15; Galatians 6:1; Romans 12:5; Romans 15:5-7; and the same variation in 1 Peter 4:8-10). "Forgive" is literally "to grant grace," used of Divine forgiveness m Colossians 2:13 (see note). The words, "if any have any complaint," etc., would certainly apply to Philemon as against Onesimus (Philemon 1:18, 19: comp. 2 Corinthians 2:5-11; Mark 11:25). Even as the Lord (or, Christ) forgave you, so also ye (Colossians 2:13; Ephesians 4:32; Ephesians 1:7; Romans 3:24-26; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Acts 13:38; Acts 5:31; 1 John 1:9; Matthew 9:1-8; Matthew 18:27; Exodus 34:6, 7; Psalm 103:3). This argument is latent in the appeal to the "elect" and "beloved" of ver. 12. The evidence for the alternative readings, "Lord" and "Christ," is nearly equal in weight. In any case, the "Lord" is "Christ" in this passage (Colossians 2:6; Colossians 3:17, 24): and that he forgave (comp. Colossians 1:20, note) is quite consistent with the assertion that God forgave (Colossians 2:13), for God forgave "in Christ" (Ephesians 4:32). So "God in Christ reconciled" (2 Corinthians 5:19); and yet "Christ reconciled us" (Colossians 1:20, 21; Ephesians 2:16). "Forgiving," supplied in thought from previous context, completes the sense of "so also ye" (Meyer, Alford, Ellicott). To suppose an ellipsis of the imperative, with Light foot and the English Version ("do ye"), is needlessly to break the structure of the sentence. Ver. 14 shows that the leading imperative, "put on," of ver. 12 is still in the writer's mind. For the reciprocal double καί ("even.., also"), comp. Colossians 1:6 or Romans 1:13; it is characteristic of the writer.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Forbearing one another,.... Not only bearing one another's burdens, and with one another's weaknesses, but forbearing to render evil for evil, or railing for railing, or to seek revenge for affronts given, in whatsoever way, whether by words or deeds:

and forgiving one another; all trespasses and offences, so far as committed against themselves, and praying to God to forgive them, as committed against him:

if any man have a quarrel against any; let him be who he will, high or low, rich or poor, of whatsoever age, state, or condition, and let his quarrel or complaint be what it will, ever so great, or ever so just and well founded, yet let him put up with it, and forgive it:

even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye; what God is said to do for Christ's sake; see Gill on Ephesians 4:32, what here Christ is said to do: as Mediator, he has procured the remission of sins by the shedding of his blood; and as God he forgives sins freely, fully, forgetting the injuries done, not upbraiding with former offences, and that too without asking, and before there is any appearance of repentance; and so should the saints forgive one another, as they expect to have an application and manifestation of forgiveness to themselves.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. Forbearing—as to present offenses.

forgiving—as to past offenses.

quarrel—rather as Greek, "cause of blame," "cause of complaint."

Christ—who had so infinitely greater cause of complaint against us. The oldest manuscripts and Vulgate read "the Lord." English Version is supported by one very old manuscript and old versions. It seems to have crept in from Eph 4:32.

Colossians 3:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Put on the New Self
12So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.…
Cross References
Proverbs 19:11
A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense.

Matthew 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Romans 15:7
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

Ephesians 4:2
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Ephesians 4:32
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Treasury of Scripture

Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do you.

Forbearing.

Romans 15:1,2 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, …

2 Corinthians 6:6 By pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the …

Galatians 6:2 Bear you one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Ephesians 4:2,32 With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing …

forgiving.

Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do …

Matthew 6:12,14,15 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…

Matthew 18:21-35 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother …

Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any…

Luke 6:35-37 But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing …

Luke 11:4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted …

Luke 17:3,4 Take heed to yourselves: If your brother trespass against you, rebuke …

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they …

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; …

quarrel. or complaint.

Matthew 18:15-17 Moreover if your brother shall trespass against you, go and tell …

1 Corinthians 6:7,8 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because you go …

even.

Luke 5:20-24 And when he saw their faith, he said to him, Man, your sins are forgiven you…

Luke 7:48-50 And he said to her, Your sins are forgiven…

2 Corinthians 2:10 To whom you forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any …

Ephesians 4:32 And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, …

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…

1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for …

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