Colossians 3:19
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New International Version
Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

New Living Translation
Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly.

English Standard Version
Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.

New American Standard Bible
Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them.

King James Bible
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Husbands, love your wives and don't be bitter toward them.

International Standard Version
Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.

NET Bible
Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Husbands, love your wives, and don't be harsh with them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter against them.

King James 2000 Bible
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

American King James Version
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

American Standard Version
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter towards them.

Darby Bible Translation
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

English Revised Version
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

Weymouth New Testament
Married men, be affectionate to your wives, and do not treat them harshly.

World English Bible
Husbands, love your wives, and don't be bitter against them.

Young's Literal Translation
the husbands! love your wives, and be not bitter with them;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:18-25 The epistles most taken up in displaying the glory of the Divine grace, and magnifying the Lord Jesus, are the most particular in pressing the duties of the Christian life. We must never separate the privileges and duties of the gospel. Submission is the duty of wives. But it is submission, not to a severe lord or stern tyrant, but to her own husband, who is engaged to affectionate duty. And husbands must love their wives with tender and faithful affection. Dutiful children are the most likely to prosper. And parents must be tender, as well as children obedient. Servants are to do their duty, and obey their masters' commands, in all things consistent with duty to God their heavenly Master. They must be both just and diligent; without selfish designs, or hypocrisy and disguise. Those who fear God, will be just and faithful when from under their master's eye, because they know they are under the eye of God. And do all with diligence, not idly and slothfully; cheerfully, not discontented at the providence of God which put them in that relation. And for servants' encouragement, let them know, that in serving their masters according to the command of Christ, they serve Christ, and he will give them a glorious reward at last. But, on the other hand, he who doeth wrong, shall receive for the wrong which he hath done. God will punish the unjust, as well as reward the faithful servant; and the same if masters wrong their servants. For the righteous Judge of the earth will deal justly between master and servant. Both will stand upon a level at his tribunal. How happy would true religion make the world, if it every where prevailed, influenced every state of things, and every relation of life! But the profession of those persons who are regardless of duties, and give just cause for complaint to those they are connected with, deceives themselves, as well as brings reproach on the gospel.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - Ye husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them (Ephesians 5:25-31; 1 Peter 3:7). "Love" is ἀγαπάω, the word which expresses the highest spiritual affection - "even as Christ loved the Church" (Ephesians 5:25). Here, first and most of all, the "new commandment" of John 13:34 applies. St. Paul only uses the verb πικραίνω ("to make bitter") here, but he has the noun πικρία ("bitterness") in a wider application in Ephesians 4:31. It denotes "exasperation," prompting to hasty severity. Bengel defines it as "odium amori mixtum" - hatred infused into love.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Husbands, love your wives,.... See Gill on Ephesians 5:25.

and be not bitter against them; turning love into hatred of their persons; ruling with rigour, and in a tyrannical manner; behaving towards them in a morose, churlish, and ill natured way; giving them either bitter words, or blows, and denying them their affection, care, provision, protection, and assistance, but using them as servants, or worse. All which is barbarous, brutish, and unchristian, and utterly unbecoming the Gospel.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. (Eph 5:22-33.)

be not bitter—ill-tempered and provoking. Many who are polite abroad, are rude and bitter at home because they are not afraid to be so there.

Colossians 3:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Christian Households
18Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them. 20Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.…
Cross References
Ephesians 4:31
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

Ephesians 5:25
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

1 Peter 3:7
Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
Treasury of Scripture

Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

love.

Genesis 2:23,24 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: …

Genesis 24:67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, …

Proverbs 5:18,19 Let your fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of your youth…

Ecclesiastes 9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of the life …

Malachi 2:14-16 Yet you say, Why? Because the LORD has been witness between you and …

Luke 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, …

Ephesians 5:25,28,29,33 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, …

1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, you husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving …

bitter.

Colossians 3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

Romans 3:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, …

James 3:14 But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, …

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