Colossians 3:14
New International Version
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

New Living Translation
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

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

Berean Study Bible
And over all these virtues put on love, which is the bond of perfect unity.

Berean Literal Bible
And beyond all these, put on love, which is the bond of perfect unity.

New American Standard Bible
Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

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

Christian Standard Bible
Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

Contemporary English Version
Love is more important than anything else. It is what ties everything completely together.

Good News Translation
And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Above all, put on love--the perfect bond of unity.

International Standard Version
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which ties everything together in unity.

NET Bible
And to all these virtues add love, which is the perfect bond.

New Heart English Bible
Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And with all these things, love, which is the bond of perfection.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Above all, be loving. This ties everything together perfectly.

New American Standard 1977
And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfection.

King James 2000 Bible
And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

American King James Version
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfection.

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:

Darby Bible Translation
And to all these [add] love, which is the bond of perfectness.

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;

World English Bible
Above all these things, walk in love, which is the bond of perfection.

Young's Literal Translation
and above all these things, have love, which is a bond of the perfection,
Study Bible
Putting on the New Self
13Bear with each other and forgive any complaint you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which is the bond of perfect unity. 15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, for to this you were called as members of one body. And be thankful.…
Cross References
John 17:23
I in them and You in Me--that they may be perfectly united, so that the world may know that You sent Me and have loved them just as You have loved Me.

Ephesians 4:3
and with diligence to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Ephesians 5:2
and walk in love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant sacrificial offering to God.

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

1 John 3:10
By this the children of God are distinguished from the children of the devil: Anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

Treasury of Scripture

And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfection.

charity.

Colossians 2:2
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

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

John 15:12
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

the.

Ephesians 1:4
According as he hath 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
Endeavouring 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 loveth is born of God, and knoweth God…







Lexicon
And
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

over
ἐπὶ (epi)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

all
πᾶσιν (pasin)
Adjective - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

these [virtues]
τούτοις (toutois)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

[put on] love,
ἀγάπην (agapēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 26: From agapao; love, i.e. Affection or benevolence; specially a love-feast.

which
(ho)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

[the] bond
σύνδεσμος (syndesmos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4886: That which binds together; a band, bond. From sun and desmon; a joint tie, i.e. Ligament, uniting principle, control.

of perfect unity.
τελειότητος (teleiotētos)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5047: Perfectness, perfection, maturity. From teleios; completeness.
(14) Above all.--Properly, over all--as a bond or cincture to keep all together. Love is the general principle, harmonising all the special graces named above.

The bond of perfectness.--The bond of that harmony of character which is perfection. The phrase is remarkable, apparently suggested by the claim to perfection, set up by the Gnostic teachers. They sought such perfection in knowledge peculiar to the few; St. Paul in the love which is possible to all. For as he elsewhere urges (1Corinthians 8:1)," Knowledge puffs up, charity builds up;" knowledge gains a fancied perfection, charity a real perfection.

Verse 14. - And over all these things (put on) love, which (thing) is the bond of perfectness (Colossians 2:2; Ephesians 4:2, 3; Ephesians 5:1; Philippians 2:2; 1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13-15, 22; Romans 13:8-10; 2 Peter 1:7; 1 John 4:7-21; John 13:34, 35). In 1 Corinthians 13. "love" is the substance or substratum of the Christian virtues; in Galatians 5:22 it is their head and beginning; here it is that which embraces and completes them. They imply love, but it is more than them all together. They lie within its circumference; wanting it, they fall to pieces and are nothing. (For συνδεσμός ("bond" or "band"), comp. Colossians 2:19.) In Ephesians 4:3 we have the "bond of peace" (see next verse). Love is the bond in the active sense, as that wherewith the constituents of a Christian character or the members of a Church are bound together: peace, in a passive sense, as that wherein the union consists (comp. 1 Corinthians 1:10; 2 Corinthians 13:11). "Love" (compare "covetousness," ver. 5) is made conspicuous by the Greek definite article - being that eminent, essential grace of Christian love (Colossians 1:4, 8; Colossians 2:2; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 John 4:16, etc.). "Perfectness" is genitive of object, not of quality: love unifies the elements of Christian goodness and gives them in itself their "perfectness" (Romans 13:10). (For "perfectness," see note on "perfect," Colossians 1:28; and comp. 4:12.) Against Galatian teachers of circumcision, and Corinthian exalters of knowledge, the apostle had magnified the supremacy of love (Galatians 5:6; 1 Corinthians 8:1-3); and so against the Colossian mysticism and asceticism he sets it forth as the crown of spiritual perfection, the goal of human excellence (comp. Ephesians 4:15, 16). 3:12-17 We must not only do no hurt to any, but do what good we can to all. Those who are the elect of God, holy and beloved, ought to be lowly and compassionate towards all. While in this world, where there is so much corruption in our hearts, quarrels will sometimes arise. But it is our duty to forgive one another, imitating the forgiveness through which we are saved. Let the peace of God rule in your hearts; it is of his working in all who are his. Thanksgiving to God, helps to make us agreeable to all men. The gospel is the word of Christ. Many have the word, but it dwells in them poorly; it has no power over them. The soul prospers, when we are full of the Scriptures and of the grace of Christ. But when we sing psalms, we must be affected with what we sing. Whatever we are employed about, let us do every thing in the name of the Lord Jesus, and in believing dependence on him. Those who do all in Christ's name, will never want matter of thanksgiving to God, even the Father.
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