Colossians 3:14
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English Standard Version
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

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

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:

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;

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Vincent's Word Studies

Above all (ἐπὶ πᾶσιν)

According to the metaphor of the garment. Over all, like an upper garment, put on, etc.

Charity

See on 1 Corinthians 13:1.

Bond of perfectness (σύνδεσμος τῆς τελειότητος)

Love embraces and knits together all the virtues. Τελειότης perfectness is a collective idea, a result of combination, to which bond is appropriate. Compare Plato: "But two things cannot be held together without a third; they must have some bond of union. And the fairest bond is that which most completely fuses and is fused into the things which are bound" ("Timaeus," 31).

Colossians 3:14 Parallel Commentaries

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charity.

Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of understanding...

John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

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 another has fulfilled the law.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal...

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: for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

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 his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another...

1 John 4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loves God love his brother also.

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Ephesians 1:4 According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

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 that loves is born of God, and knows God...

Cross References
John 17:23
I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

Ephesians 4:3
eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

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

Hebrews 6:1
Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,

1 John 3:10
By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

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