Colossians 3:2
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New International Version
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

New Living Translation
Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.

English Standard Version
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

New American Standard Bible
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

King James Bible
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth.

International Standard Version
Keep your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth.

NET Bible
Keep thinking about things above, not things on the earth,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Feed on that which is above and not that which is in The Earth,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Keep your mind on things above, not on worldly things.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Set your sight on things above, not on things on the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

American King James Version
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

American Standard Version
Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
have your mind on the things [that are] above, not on the things [that are] on the earth;

English Revised Version
Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Weymouth New Testament
Give your minds to the things that are above, not to the things that are on the earth.

World English Bible
Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
the things above mind ye, not the things upon the earth,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-4 As Christians are freed from the ceremonial law, they must walk the more closely with God in gospel obedience. As heaven and earth are contrary one to the other, both cannot be followed together; and affection to the one will weaken and abate affection to the other. Those that are born again are dead to sin, because its dominion is broken, its power gradually subdued by the operation of grace, and it shall at length be extinguished by the perfection of glory. To be dead, then, means this, that those who have the Holy Spirit, mortifying within them the lusts of the flesh, are able to despise earthly things, and to desire those that are heavenly. Christ is, at present, one whom we have not seen; but our comfort is, that our life is safe with him. The streams of this living water flow into the soul by the influences of the Holy Spirit, through faith. Christ lives in the believer by his Spirit, and the believer lives to him in all he does. At the second coming of Christ, there will be a general assembling of all the redeemed; and those whose life is now hid with Christ, shall then appear with him in his glory. Do we look for such happiness, and should we not set our affections upon that world, and live above this?

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Set your affections on things above,.... For unless the affections are set on them, they will never be sought after in a proper manner. The word signifies to mind them, and think on them, to favour and approve of them, to be affectionately desirous of them, and concerned for them; for where the treasure is, the heart should be; and as the saints' best things are above, their minds and affections should be there likewise; their contemplation should be on those things, and their conversation should be in heaven; nor should they regard anything but what is there, or comes from thence, for they belong not to this world, but to another and better country: their citizenship is in heaven, and there, in a short time, they must have their everlasting residence; and therefore should seek after, and highly prize and value heavenly things, and set their affections on them, and

not on things on the earth; not mind earth and earthly things, temporal enjoyments, riches, and honours; and though food and raiment, and the necessaries of life, are to be sought after, and cared and provided for, yet not with anxiety and perplexity of mind, in an over thoughtful and distressing manner; nor should the heart be set on those outward things, or happiness placed in the possession of them. Moreover, worldly lusts, the members which are on the earth, earthly pleasures that are sinful, may be here meant. Worldly lusts are to be denied, the deeds of the body are to be mortified, carnal desires are not to be gratified and indulged, provision is not to be made for the flesh, to fulfil its lusts; and particularly the vain philosophy of Jews and Gentiles, the traditions of the elders, the ceremonies of the law, which lay in earthly things, in worldly observances, the difference of meats and drinks, keeping of days, months, and years, new moons, feasts, and sabbath days; the rudiments of the world, the commandments and doctrines which were of the earth, and lay in not touching, tasting, and handling certain things that are on earth, and which perish with the using, as opposed to the doctrines of the Gospel, and ordinances of Christ, which are from above, and come from heaven, and have a spiritual and heavenly use: and which is the sense chiefly intended, though it is best to understand the words in their largest compass.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. Translate, "Set your mind on the things above, not on the things," &c. (Col 2:20). Contrast "who mind earthly things" (Php 3:19). Whatever we make an idol of, will either be a cross to us if we be believers, or a curse to us if unbelievers.

Colossians 3:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Put on the New Self
1Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.…
Cross References
Matthew 16:23
Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns."

Philippians 3:19
Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.

Philippians 3:20
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,
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Ecclesiastes 7:14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: …

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Romans 8:4-6 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk …

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affection. or, mind. not.

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Philippians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory …

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