Colossians 3:19
New International Version
Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

New Living Translation
Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly.

English Standard Version
Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.

Berean Study Bible
Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

Berean Literal Bible
Husbands, love the wives and do not be harsh toward them.

King James Bible
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

New King James Version
Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.

New American Standard Bible
Husbands, love your wives and do not become bitter against them.

NASB 1995
Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them.

NASB 1977
Husbands, love your wives, and do not be embittered against them.

Amplified Bible
Husbands, love your wives [with an affectionate, sympathetic, selfless love that always seeks the best for them] and do not be embittered or resentful toward them [because of the responsibilities of marriage].

Christian Standard Bible
Husbands, love your wives and don’t be bitter toward them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Husbands, love your wives and don't be bitter toward them.

American Standard Version
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.

Contemporary English Version
A husband must love his wife and not abuse her.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter towards them.

English Revised Version
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

Good News Translation
Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Husbands, love your wives, and don't be harsh with them.

International Standard Version
Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.

Literal Standard Version
the husbands: love your wives, and do not be bitter with them;

NET Bible
Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them.

New Heart English Bible
Husbands, love your wives, and do not be bitter against them.

Weymouth New Testament
Married men, be affectionate to your wives, and do not treat them harshly.

World English Bible
Husbands, love your wives, and don't be bitter against them.

Young's Literal Translation
the husbands! love your wives, and be not bitter with them;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Christian Households
18Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. 20Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord.…

Cross References
Ephesians 4:31
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, outcry and slander, along with every form of malice.

Ephesians 5:25
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her

1 Peter 3:7
Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as a delicate vessel, and with honor as fellow heirs of the gracious gift of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.


Treasury of Scripture

Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

love.

Genesis 2:23,24
And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man…

Genesis 24:67
And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.

Proverbs 5:18,19
Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth…

bitter.

Colossians 3:21
Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

Romans 3:14
Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

Ephesians 4:31
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:









(19) Be not bitter.--Properly, grow not bitter, suffer not yourselves to be exasperated. The word is used metaphorically only in this passage, literally in Revelation 8:11; Revelation 10:9-10.

Verse 19. - Ye husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them (Ephesians 5:25-31; 1 Peter 3:7). "Love" is ἀγαπάω, the word which expresses the highest spiritual affection - "even as Christ loved the Church" (Ephesians 5:25). Here, first and most of all, the "new commandment" of John 13:34 applies. St. Paul only uses the verb πικραίνω ("to make bitter") here, but he has the noun πικρία ("bitterness") in a wider application in Ephesians 4:31. It denotes "exasperation," prompting to hasty severity. Bengel defines it as "odium amori mixtum" - hatred infused into love.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Husbands,
ἄνδρες (andres)
Noun - Vocative Masculine Plural
Strong's 435: A male human being; a man, husband. A primary word; a man.

love
ἀγαπᾶτε (agapate)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 25: To love, wish well to, take pleasure in, long for; denotes the love of reason, esteem. Perhaps from agan; to love.

[your]
τὰς (tas)
Article - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

wives
γυναῖκας (gynaikas)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's 1135: A woman, wife, my lady. Probably from the base of ginomai; a woman; specially, a wife.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

{do} not
μὴ (mē)
Adverb
Strong's 3361: Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

be harsh
πικραίνεσθε (pikrainesthe)
Verb - Present Imperative Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4087: To make bitter, embitter; pass: I grow angry or harsh. From pikros; to embitter.

with
πρὸς (pros)
Preposition
Strong's 4314: To, towards, with. A strengthened form of pro; a preposition of direction; forward to, i.e. Toward.

them.
αὐτάς (autas)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Feminine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.


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