Colossians 3:16
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English Standard Version
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

King James Bible
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

American Standard Version
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and'spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly, in all wisdom: teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in your hearts to God.

English Revised Version
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Weymouth New Testament
Let the teaching concerning Christ remain as a rich treasure in your hearts. In all wisdom teach and admonish one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, and sing with grace in your hearts to God.

Colossians 3:16 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

The word of Christ

The only occurrence of the phrase. The word spoken by Christ.

Richly

See on Romans 2:4, and compare Colossians 1:27.

In all wisdom

Some connect with the preceding words, others with the following - in all wisdom, teaching, etc. The latter seems preferable, especially in view of Colossians 1:28, where the phrase occurs teaching and admonishing in all wisdom; because the adverb richly forms an emphatic qualification of dwell in, and so appropriately terminates the clause; and because the whole passage is thus more symmetrical. "Dwell in has its single adverb richly, and is supported and expanded by two coordinate participial clauses, each of which has its spiritual manner or element of action (in all wisdom, in grace) more exactly defined" (Ellicott).

Admonishing

See on Colossians 1:28. The participles teaching and admonishing are used as imperatives, as Romans 12:9-13, Romans 12:16-19; Ephesians 4:2, Ephesians 4:3; Hebrews 13:5; 1 Peter 3:1, 1 Peter 3:7, 1 Peter 3:9, 1 Peter 3:16.

One another (ἑαυτούς)

Yourselves. See on Colossians 3:13.

Psalms

See the parallel passage, Ephesians 5:19. A psalm was originally a song accompanied by a stringed instrument. See on 1 Corinthians 14:15. The idea of accompaniment passed away in usage, and the psalm, in New-Testament phraseology, is an Old-Testament psalm, or a composition having that character. A hymn is a song of praise, and a song (ᾠδή ode) is the general term for a song of any kind. Hymns would probably be distinctively Christian. It is supposed by some that Paul embodies fragments of hymns in his epistles, as 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Ephesians 5:14; 1 Timothy 3:16; 2 Timothy 2:11-14. James 1:17, and Revelation 1:5, Revelation 1:6; Revelation 15:3, are also supposed to be of this character. In both instances of his use of ᾠδή song, Paul adds the term spiritual. The term may, as Trench suggests, denote sacred poems which are neither psalms nor hymns, as Herbert's "Temple," or Keble's "Christian Year." This is the more likely, as the use of these different compositions is not restricted to singing nor to public worship. They are to be used in mutual christian teaching and admonition.

With grace (ἐν τῇ χάριτι)

Lit., the grace. The article limits the meaning to the grace of God. With grace begins the second participial clause.

Colossians 3:16 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the word.

John 5:39,40 Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me...

2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures...

Hebrews 4:12,13 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword...

1 Peter 1:11,12 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify...

Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, See you do it not: I am your fellow servant...

dwell.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart...

Deuteronomy 11:18-20 Therefore shall you lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign on your hand...

Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

Psalm 119:11 Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I did eat them; and your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart: for I am called by your name...

Luke 2:51 And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.

John 15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done to you.

1 John 2:14,24,27 I have written to you, fathers, because you have known him that is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men...

2 John 1:2 For the truth's sake, which dwells in us, and shall be with us for ever.

richly.

1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God...

Titus 3:6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior;

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all.

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you...

1 Kings 3:9-12,28 Give therefore your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and bad...

Proverbs 2:6,7 For the LORD gives wisdom: out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding...

Proverbs 14:8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.

Proverbs 18:1 Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeks and intermeddles with all wisdom.

Isaiah 10:2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey...

Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory...

Ephesians 5:17 Why be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him.

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits...

teaching.

Colossians 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Romans 15:14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brothers, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge...

1 Thessalonians 4:18 Why comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 5:11,12 Why comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do...

2 Thessalonians 3:15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

Hebrews 12:12-15 Why lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees...

in psalms.

Matthew 26:30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

1 Corinthians 14:26 How is it then, brothers? when you come together, every one of you has a psalm, has a doctrine, has a tongue, has a revelation...

Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

and spiritual.

1 Chronicles 25:7 So the number of them, with their brothers that were instructed in the songs of the LORD, even all that were cunning...

Nehemiah 12:46 For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.

Psalm 32:7 You are my hiding place; you shall preserve me from trouble; you shall compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

Psalm 119:54 Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

Songs 1:1 The song of songs, which is Solomon's.

Isaiah 5:1 Now will I sing to my well beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My well beloved has a vineyard in a very fruitful hill:

Isaiah 26:1 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.

Isaiah 30:29 You shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart...

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for you were slain...

Revelation 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders...

Revelation 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are your works...

singing.

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.

Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices...

Psalm 30:11,12 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing: you have put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness...

Psalm 47:6,7 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises to our King, sing praises...

Psalm 63:4-6 Thus will I bless you while I live: I will lift up my hands in your name...

Psalm 71:23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to you; and my soul, which you have redeemed.

Psalm 103:1,2 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name...

Psalm 138:1 I will praise you with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise to you.

1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit...

to the.

Colossians 3:23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men;

Cross References
Romans 10:17
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

1 Corinthians 14:15
What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.

Ephesians 5:19
addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,

Ephesians 5:26
that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

Colossians 1:28
Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

1 Thessalonians 1:8
For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything.

James 5:13
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.

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