Colossians 3:20
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New International Version
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

New Living Translation
Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord.

English Standard Version
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

New American Standard Bible
Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.

King James Bible
Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

International Standard Version
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord.

NET Bible
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing in the Lord.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Children, obey your parents in all things, for thus it is pleasing before Our Lord.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Children, always obey your parents. This is pleasing to the Lord.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

King James 2000 Bible
Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

American King James Version
Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing to the Lord.

American Standard Version
Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing in the Lord.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing to the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing in [the] Lord.

English Revised Version
Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing in the Lord.

Webster's Bible Translation
Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.

Weymouth New Testament
Children be obedient to your parents in everything; for that is right for Christians.

World English Bible
Children, obey your parents in all things, for this pleases the Lord.

Young's Literal Translation
the children! obey the parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord;
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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 20. - To children, be obedient to your parents in all things; for this is well pleasing in the Lord (Ephesians 6:1, 2; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16; Leviticus 19:3; Proverbs 23:22; Luke 2:51, 52). In Ephesians 6:1, 2 "in all things" (κατὰ πάντα, "in regard to all things") is wanting; and not the extent, but the intrinsic rightness of the command as it is found in the Decalogue is insisted on. But here, where "Christ is all and in all" (ver. 11), it is "in the Lord" (Revised Text) that the child's obedience is declared to be "well pleasing." There is something especially pleasing in the behaviour of a lovingly obedient child, that wins "favour" both "with God and man" (Luke 2:52). The law of filial obedience has its creative ground "in him" (Colossians 1:16), and is an essential part of the Christian order of life, which is the natural order restored and perfected. "Well pleasing" is a favourite word of St. Paul's (comp. Colossians 1:10; Ephesians 5:10; Philippians 4:8; Romans 14:18; Titus 2:9, etc.; used also in Hebrews).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Children, obey your parents,.... Both father and mother; See Gill on Ephesians 6:1.

in all things; not in things sinful, which are contrary to the law of God, and Gospel of Christ; in things repugnant to the duties of religion, the ordinances of the Gospel, and the doctrines of Christ, parents are to be neglected and disobeyed. God is to be regarded, and not men; but in all things good and lawful, and in all things that are of an indifferent nature, which may, or may not be done, in these things the will of earthly parents is to be attended to; of which there is a considerable instance in the Rechabites, see Jeremiah 35:6 and even they are to be obeyed in things that are hard and difficult to be complied with, and which are disagreeable to flesh and blood, as the cases of Isaac and Jephthah's daughter show.

For this is well pleasing unto the Lord; and is a reason sufficient to engage to the performance of the duty; for whatever is grateful and well pleasing to God ought to be done with pleasure by us, from a principle of love to him, by faith in him, and with a view to his glory; and then such an action is acceptable in his sight through Jesus Christ our Lord. The Alexandrian copy reads, "in the Lord"; and so the Vulgate Latin version.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. (Eph 6:1.)

unto the Lord—The oldest manuscripts read, "IN the Lord," that is, this is acceptable to God when it is done in the Lord, namely, from the principle of faith,and as disciples in union with the Lord.

Colossians 3:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Christian Households
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. 21Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 5:16
"Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Ruth 3:5
"I will do whatever you say," Ruth answered.

Jeremiah 35:8
We have obeyed everything our forefather Jehonadab son of Rekab commanded us. Neither we nor our wives nor our sons and daughters have ever drunk wine

Ephesians 6:1
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
Treasury of Scripture

Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing to the Lord.

obey.

Genesis 28:7 And that Jacob obeyed his father and his mother, and was gone to Padanaram;

Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long on …

Leviticus 19:3 You shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my …

Deuteronomy 21:18-21 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey …

Deuteronomy 27:16 Cursed be he that sets light by his father or his mother. And all …

Proverbs 6:20 My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not the law of your mother:

Proverbs 20:20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out …

Proverbs 30:11,17 There is a generation that curses their father, and does not bless …

Ezekiel 22:7 In you have they set light by father and mother: in the middle of …

Malachi 1:6 A son honors his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a …

Matthew 15:4-6 For God commanded, saying, Honor your father and mother: and, He …

Matthew 19:19 Honor your father and your mother: and, You shall love your neighbor …

Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right…

in.

Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; …

Ephesians 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be …

Titus 2:9 Exhort servants to be obedient to their own masters, and to please …

well pleasing.

Colossians 1:10 That you might walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful …

Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus …

Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you …

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