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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Colossians 3:16


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    King James Bible - Colossians 3:16

    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.

    World English Bible

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

    Douay-Rheims - Colossians 3:16

    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.

    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.

    Greek Textus Receptus


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    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (16) -
    Joh 5:39,40 2Ti 3:15 Heb 4:12,13 1Pe 1:11,12 Re 19:10

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 3:16

    La palabra del Cristo habite en vosotros en abundancia en toda sabiduría, ensendoos y exhortndoos los unos a los otros con salmos e himnos y canciones espirituales, con gracia cantando en vuestros corazones al Seor.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Colossians 3:16

    Verse 16. Let the word of
    Christ dwell in you richly] I believe the apostle means that the Colossians should be well instructed in the doctrine of Christ; that it should be their constant study; that it should be frequently preached, explained, and enforced among them; and that all the wisdom comprised in it should be well understood. Thus the doctrine of God would dwell richly, that is, abundantly, among them. But there appears to be here an allusion to the Shechinah, or symbol of the Divine presence, which dwelt in the tabernacle and first temple; and to an opinion common among the Jews, which is thus expressed in Melchita, fol. 38, i5: hrwth wqm lb hm[ hnyb ; In whatever place the LAW is, there the SHECHINAH is present with it. Nor is this a vain supposition; wherever God's word is seriously read, heard, or preached, there is God himself; and in that Church or religious society where the truth of God is proclaimed and conscientiously believed, there is the constant dwelling of God. Through bad pointing this verse is not very intelligible; the several members of it should be distinguished thus: Let the doctrine of Christ dwell richly among you; teaching and admonishing each other in all wisdom; singing with grace in your hearts unto the Lord, in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. This arrangement the original will not only bear, but it absolutely requires it, and is not sense without it. See the note on Eph. v. 19.

    The singing which is here recommended is widely different from what is commonly used in most Christian congregations; a congeries of unmeaning sounds, associated to bundles of nonsensical, and often ridiculous, repetitions, which at once both deprave and disgrace the Church of Christ.

    Melody, which is allowed to be the most proper for devotional music, is now sacrificed to an exuberant harmony, which requires, not only many different kinds of voices, but different musical instruments to support it.

    And by these preposterous means the simplicity of the Christian worship is destroyed, and all edification totally prevented. And this kind of singing is amply proved to be very injurious to the personal piety of those employed in it; even of those who enter with a considerable share of humility and Christian meekness, how few continue to sing with GRACE in their hearts unto the Lord?


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 16. Let the word of Christ dwell in you , etc.] The Alexandrian copy and Arabic version read, the word of God; by which may be meant the whole Scripture, all the writings of the Old and New Testament, which are by inspiration of God, were endited by the spirit of Christ, speak and testify of him, and were written for his sake, and on his account, and therefore may be called his word; and are what should be searched into, carefully attended to, diligently read, and frequently meditated upon; and which are able, under a divine blessing, to furnish with all spiritual wisdom, or to make men wise unto salvation: or by the word of Christ may be meant more especially the Gospel, which Christ is the author of as God, the preacher of as man, and the subject matter of as God-man and Mediator: it is the word concerning him, his person and offices; concerning peace and pardon by his blood, justification by his righteousness, and complete salvation through his obedience, sufferings and death. The exhortation to let it dwell in them, supposes that it had entered into them, and had a place in them through the spirit and power of Christ; and that it should have a constant and fixed place there, and not be like a stranger or wayfaring man, that tarries but for a night, or like a sojourner, that continues but for a while; but as an inhabitant that takes up its residence and abode, never more to depart; and intends not only a frequent reading, and hearing of, and meditating upon the word of God but continuance in the doctrines of the Gospel, with a steady faith in them, and a hearty affection for them; for such an inhabitation imports a very exact knowledge of the Gospel, and familiarity with it, and affectionate respect for it; as persons that dwell in a house, they are well known by those of the family, they are familiarly conversed with, and are treated with love and respect by them: and so the word of Christ, when it has a fixed and established abode in a man's heart, he has an inward, spiritual, experimental knowledge of it; he is continually conversant with it; this word of Christ is his delight, and the men of his counsel his guide, his acquaintance, with whom he takes sweet counsel together, and esteems it above the most valuable things in the world, and receives and retains it as the word of God. The manner in which the apostle would have it dwell is richly ; that is, largely, plentifully, in an abundant manner, as this word signifies; (see 1 Timothy 6:17) and so the Vulgate Latin version renders it here, abundantly; and to the same sense the Arabic version. His meaning is, that not one part of the Scripture only should be regarded and attended to but the whole of it, every truth and doctrine in it, even the whole counsel of God; which as it is to be declared and preached in its utmost compass, so all and every part of it is to be received in the love of it, and to be abode in and by; there is a fulness in the Scriptures, an abundance of truth in the Gospel, a large affluence of it; it is a rich treasure, an invaluable mine of precious truths; all which should have a place to their full extent, in both preacher and hearer: and that in all wisdom ; or, unto all wisdom; in order to attain to all wisdom; not natural wisdom, which is not the design of the Scriptures, nor of the Gospel of Christ; but spiritual wisdom, or wisdom in spiritual things, in things relating to salvation; and which is, and may be arrived unto through attendance to the word of Christ, reading and hearing of it, meditating on it; and especially when accompanied with the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ, and which is to be desired and prayed for. Teaching and admonishing one another . The Syriac version renders it, teach and instruct yourselves; and may regard not only publicly teaching Christ, his Gospel, the truths and doctrines of it, and all his commands and ordinances, for which he qualifies men, and sends them forth in his name; but private teaching, by conference, prayer, and singing the praises of God, according to the measure of the gift of grace bestowed on everyone: and so admonishing may not only respect that branch of the public ministry, which is so called, and intends a putting into the mind, or putting persons in mind both of their privilege and duty; nor only that part of church discipline which lies in the admonition of a delinquent, but private reproofs, warnings, and exhortations; and as by other ways, so, among the rest, in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs ; referring very probably to the title of several of David's psalms, lykm ; Maschil, which signifies giving instruction, or causing to understand; these psalms, and the singing of them, being appointed as an ordinance, of God to teach, instruct, admonish, and edify the saints; for the meaning of these three words, and the difference between them, (see Gill on Ephesians 5:19). singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord ; that is, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; and what is meant by singing of them, see the note on the above place: the manner in which they are to be sung is, with grace; meaning either by the assistance of the spirit and grace of God, without which no ordinance can be performed aright, to the glory of God, and to spiritual profit and edification, (see 1 Corinthians 14:15), or with grace in the heart in exercise, particularly faith, without which it is impossible to please God, (see Hebrews 11:6) or with gratitude to God, with thankfulness of heart for his mercies, and under a grateful sense of them; or in such a manner as will minister grace unto the hearers, be both amiable and edifying, (see Colossians 4:6) all these senses may be taken in: that the phrase, in your hearts; does not mean mental singing, or what is opposed to singing with the voice, (see Gill on Ephesians 5:19).

    The object here, as there, is to the Lord; the Lord Jesus Christ, to the glory, of his person and grace: the Alexandrian copy, and the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Ethiopic versions read, to God: and indeed God, in the three divine Persons, and in all his perfections and works, is the object of praise, and his glory is the end of singing praise.


    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 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 an compassionate towards all. While in this world, where there is so muc corruption in our hearts, quarrels will sometimes arise. But it is ou 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 u 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 sou 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.


    Greek Textus Receptus


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    Vincent's NT Word Studies

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

    Richly. See on Rom. ii. 4, and compare ch. i. 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 ch. i. 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 ch. i. 28. The participles teaching and admonishing are used as imperatives, as Rom. xii. 9-13 16-19; Eph. iv. 2, 3; Heb. xiii. 5; 1 Pet. iii. 1, 7, 9, 16.

    One another (eautouv). Yourselves. See on ver. 13.

    Psalms. See the parallel passage, Eph. v. 19. A psalm was originally a song accompanied by a stringed instrument. See on 1 Cor. xiv. 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 (wdh 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; Eph. v. 14; 1 Tim. iii. 16; 2 Tim. ii. 11-14. Jas. i. 17, and Apoc. i. 5, 6; xv. 3, are also supposed to be of this character. In both instances of his use of wjdh 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." 206 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 (en th cariti). Lit., the grace. The article limits the meaning to the grace of God. With grace begins the second participial clause.


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    3:16 {The word of Christ} (ho logos tou cristou). this precise phrase only here, though "the word of the Lord" in #1Th 1:8; 4:15; 2Th 3:1. Elsewhere "the word of God." Paul is exalting Christ in this epistle. cristou can be either the subjective genitive (the word delivered by Christ) or the objective genitive (the word about Christ). See #1Jo 2:14. {Dwell} (enoikeitw). Present active imperative of enoikew, to make one's home, to be at home. {In you} (en humin). Not "among you." {Richly} (plousiws). Old adverb from plousios (rich). See #1Ti 6:17. The following words explain plousiws. {In all wisdom} (en pasei sofiai). It is not clear whether this phrase goes with plousiws (richly) or with the participles following (didaskontes kai nouqetountes, see #1:28). Either punctuation makes good sense. The older Greek MSS. had no punctuation. There is an anacoluthon here. The participles may be used as imperatives as in #Ro 12:11f.,16. {With psalms} (yalmois, the Psalms in the Old Testament originally with musical accompaniment), {hymns} (humnois, praises to God composed by the Christians like #1Ti 3:16), {spiritual songs} (widais pneumatikais, general description of all whether with or without instrumental accompaniment). The same song can have all three words applied to it. {Singing with grace} (en cariti aidontes). In God's grace (#2Co 1:12). The phrase can be taken with the preceding words. The verb aidw is an old one (#Eph 5:19) for lyrical emotion in a devout soul. {In your hearts} (en tais kardiais humwn). Without this there is no real worship "to God" (twi qewi). How can a Jew or Unitarian in the choir lead in the worship of Christ as Savior? Whether with instrument or with voice or with both it is all for naught if the adoration is not in the heart.


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