Colossians 3:14
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New International Version
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

New Living Translation
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

English Standard Version
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

New American Standard Bible
Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

King James Bible
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Above all, put on love--the perfect bond of unity.

International Standard Version
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which ties everything together in unity.

NET Bible
And to all these virtues add love, which is the perfect bond.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And with all these things, love, which is the bond of perfection.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Above all, be loving. This ties everything together perfectly.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfection.

King James 2000 Bible
And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

American King James Version
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfection.

American Standard Version
and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection:

Darby Bible Translation
And to all these [add] love, which is the bond of perfectness.

English Revised Version
and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness.

Webster's Bible Translation
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Weymouth New Testament
And over all these put on love, which is the perfect bond of union;

World English Bible
Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection.

Young's Literal Translation
and above all these things, have love, which is a bond of the perfection,
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 14. - And over all these things (put on) love, which (thing) is the bond of perfectness (Colossians 2:2; Ephesians 4:2, 3; Ephesians 5:1; Philippians 2:2; 1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13-15, 22; Romans 13:8-10; 2 Peter 1:7; 1 John 4:7-21; John 13:34, 35). In 1 Corinthians 13. "love" is the substance or substratum of the Christian virtues; in Galatians 5:22 it is their head and beginning; here it is that which embraces and completes them. They imply love, but it is more than them all together. They lie within its circumference; wanting it, they fall to pieces and are nothing. (For συνδεσμός ("bond" or "band"), comp. Colossians 2:19.) In Ephesians 4:3 we have the "bond of peace" (see next verse). Love is the bond in the active sense, as that wherewith the constituents of a Christian character or the members of a Church are bound together: peace, in a passive sense, as that wherein the union consists (comp. 1 Corinthians 1:10; 2 Corinthians 13:11). "Love" (compare "covetousness," ver. 5) is made conspicuous by the Greek definite article - being that eminent, essential grace of Christian love (Colossians 1:4, 8; Colossians 2:2; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 John 4:16, etc.). "Perfectness" is genitive of object, not of quality: love unifies the elements of Christian goodness and gives them in itself their "perfectness" (Romans 13:10). (For "perfectness," see note on "perfect," Colossians 1:28; and comp. 4:12.) Against Galatian teachers of circumcision, and Corinthian exalters of knowledge, the apostle had magnified the supremacy of love (Galatians 5:6; 1 Corinthians 8:1-3); and so against the Colossian mysticism and asceticism he sets it forth as the crown of spiritual perfection, the goal of human excellence (comp. Ephesians 4:15, 16).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And above all these things,.... Bowels of mercies, kindness, &c.

put on charity, or brotherly love, for without this all is nothing; they will only be done in show and appearance, in mere guise and hypocrisy, if love is wanting; this actuates and exercises all the rest; it is only from this principle that true sympathy, real kindness, undisguised humility, and meekness, patient longsuffering, and forbearance, and hearty forgiveness proceeds: this is greater, and more excellent, than all the other, and adds a glory, lustre, and beauty to them; this is the upper garment that covers all the rest, for so the words may be rendered, "upon all these things put on charity"; whereby a disciple of Christ is visible, and distinguished, and is known to be what he is; this is like a strait and upper garment, keeps close all that is under it, and within it: and it is called

the bond of perfectness; either of the law, and the duties of religion, which it is said to be the fulfilling of; or rather of the saints, for this is the bond of union between them, which knits and cements them together, so that they are perfectly joined together, and are of one mind and one heart: it is the bond of peace among them, of perfect unity and brotherly love; and a most beautiful and pleasant thing it is for brethren to live and dwell together in unity; such are beautiful as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem among themselves, and terrible to their enemies as an army with banners, being not to be divided or broken by them. The Claromontane exemplar reads, "the bond of unity".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. above—rather "over," as in Eph 6:16. Charity, which is the crowning grace, covering the multitude of others' sins (1Pe 4:8), must overlie all the other graces enumerated.

which is—that is, "for it is"; literally, "which thing is."

bond of perfectness—an upper garment which completes and keeps together the rest, which, without it, would be loose and disconnected. Seeming graces, where love is wanting, are mere hypocrisy. Justification by faith is assumed as already having taken place in those whom Paul addresses, Col 3:12, "elect of God, holy … beloved," and Col 2:12; so that there is no plea here for Rome's view of justification by works. Love and its works "perfect," that is, manifest the full maturity of faith developed (Mt 5:44, 48). Love … be ye perfect, &c. (Jas 2:21, 22; 1Jo 2:5). "If we love one another, God's love is perfected in us" (Ro 13:8; 1Co 13:1-13; 1Ti 1:5; 1Jo 4:12). As to "bond," compare Col 2:2, "knit together in love" (Eph 4:3), "keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

Colossians 3:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Put on the New Self
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. 15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.…
Cross References
John 17:23
I in them and you in me--so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Ephesians 4:3
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Ephesians 5:2
and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Hebrews 6:1
Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,

1 John 3:10
This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God's child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.
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And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfection.

charity.

Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, …

John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I …

John 15:12 This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you.

Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loves …

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not …

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

1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly love you need not that I write to you: …

1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and …

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity …

2 Peter 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of …

1 John 4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loves God love …

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Ephesians 1:4 According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the …

Ephesians 4:3 Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

1 John 4:7-12 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one …

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