Colossians 3:22
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New International Version
Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.

New Living Translation
Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord.

English Standard Version
Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.

Berean Study Bible
Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything, not only to please them while they are watching, but with sincerity of heart and fear of the Lord.

Berean Literal Bible
Slaves, obey the earthly masters in all things, not with eye-services as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.

New American Standard Bible
Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.

King James Bible
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Slaves, obey your human masters in everything. Don't work only while being watched, in order to please men, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord.

International Standard Version
Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything, not only while being watched in order to please them, but with a sincere heart, fearing the Lord.

NET Bible
Slaves, obey your earthly masters in every respect, not only when they are watching--like those who are strictly people-pleasers--but with a sincere heart, fearing the Lord.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Servants, obey your Masters of the body in all things, not outwardly as those who please men, but with a pure heart and in the awe of THE LORD JEHOVAH.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Slaves, always obey your earthly masters. Don't obey them only while you're being watched, as if you merely wanted to please people. Be sincere in your motives out of respect for your real master.

New American Standard 1977
Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Slaves, in all things hearken unto your masters according to the flesh, not serving to be seen as those who only please men, but in simplicity of heart, fearing God;

King James 2000 Bible
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye service, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:

American King James Version
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;

American Standard Version
Servants, obey in all things them that are your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not serving to the eye, as pleasing men, but in simplicity of heart, fearing God.

Darby Bible Translation
Bondmen, obey in all things your masters according to flesh; not with eye-services, as men-pleasers, but in simplicity of heart, fearing the Lord.

English Revised Version
Servants, obey in all things them that are your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord:

Webster's Bible Translation
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:

Weymouth New Testament
Slaves, be obedient in everything to your earthly masters; not in acts of eye service, as aiming only to please men, but with simplicity of purpose, because you fear the Lord.

World English Bible
Servants, obey in all things those who are your masters according to the flesh, not just when they are looking, as men pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God.

Young's Literal Translation
The servants! obey in all things those who are masters according to the flesh, not in eye-service as men-pleasers, but in simplicity of heart, fearing God;
Study Bible
Christian Households
21Fathers, do not provoke your children, so they will not become discouraged. 22Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything, not only to please them while they are watching, but with sincerity of heart and fear of the Lord. 23Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being, for the Lord and not for men,…
Word Study

(a) (as adj.) enslaved, (b) (as noun) a (male) slave. From deo; a slave.

From hupo and akouo; to hear under, i.e. To listen attentively; by implication, to heed or conform to a command or authority.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined).

Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined).

all things,
panta (Adj-ANP)
All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; "in, " at, on, by, etc.

From ophthalmos and douleia; sight-labor, i.e. That needs watching.

Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

From anthropos and aresko; man-courting, i.e. Fawning.

But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; "in, " at, on, by, etc.

Simplicity, sincerity, purity, graciousness. From haplous; singleness, i.e. sincerity, or generosity.

Prolonged from a primary kar; the heart, i.e. the thoughts or feelings; also the middle.

From phobos; to frighten, i.e. to be alarmed; by analogy, to be in awe of, i.e. Revere.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Cross References
Acts 2:46
With one accord they continued to meet daily in the temple courts and to break bread from house to house, sharing their meals with gladness and sincerity of heart,

Ephesians 6:5
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear and sincerity of heart, just as you would show to Christ.

Ephesians 6:6
And do this not only to please them while they are watching, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.

Philemon 1:16
no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a beloved brother. He is especially beloved to me, but even more so to you, both in person and in the Lord.
Treasury of Scripture

Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;

obey.

Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing …

Psalm 123:2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, …

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

Matthew 8:9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say …

Luke 6:46 And why call you me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Luke 7:8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, …

Ephesians 6:5-7 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to …

1 Timothy 6:1,2 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters …

Titus 2:9,10 Exhort servants to be obedient to their own masters, and to please …

Philemon 1:16 Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially …

1 Peter 2:18,19 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the …

menpleasers.

Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for …

1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, …

in singleness.

Matthew 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be single, …

Acts 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking …

Ephesians 6:5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to …

fearing.

Genesis 42:18 And Joseph said to them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God:

Nehemiah 5:9,15 Also I said, It is not good that you do…

Ecclesiastes 5:7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers …

Ecclesiastes 8:12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, …

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep …

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves …

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