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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Colossians 3:18


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    King James Bible - Colossians 3:18

    Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

    World English Bible

    Wives, be in subjection to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

    Douay-Rheims - Colossians 3:18

    Wives, be subject to your husbands, as it behoveth in the Lord.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

    Greek Textus Receptus


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    VERSE (18) -
    Ge 3:16 Es 1:20 1Co 11:3; 14:34 Eph 5:22-24,33 1Ti 2:12

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 3:18

    ¶ Casadas, estad sujetas a vuestros propios maridos, como conviene en el Seor.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Colossians 3:18

    Verse 18.
    Wives, submit yourselves] Having done with general directions, the apostle comes to particular duties, which are commonly called relative; because they only belong to persons in certain situations; and are not incumbent on all. No woman has the duty of a wife to perform but she who is one, and no man has the duty of a husband to perform but he who is married.

    The directions here to wives, husbands, children, parents, servants, and masters, are so exactly the same in substance with those in Eph. v. 22-33; vi. 1-9, that there is no need to repeat what has been said on those passages; and to the notes there the reader is requested to refer.

    As it is fit in the Lord.] God commands it; and it is both proper and decent.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 18. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands , etc.] The apostle proceeds from those duties which related to them as church members one towards another, for their mutual good and edification, and the glory of God, to such as concerned them in their own houses and families, as in a natural relation to each other; as husbands and wives, parents and children, masters and servants; showing hereby, that the Gospel does not at all break in upon, but establishes the duties of common and civil life. Concerning the duty wives to their husbands, here exhorted to, (see Gill on Ephesians 5:22). The reason urging to a regard to it is, as it is fit in the Lord ; that is, Christ, as the Syriac version reads it.

    Subjection of wives to their own husbands is fit and proper in its own nature, by reason of the original creation of man, and of the woman from him: man was made first, and then the woman; and the woman was made out of the man, out of one of his ribs; and so, though not to be trampled under his feet, but to be by his side, and an help meet to him, yet not to be head, or to rule over him. Moreover, the woman was made for the man, and not the man for the woman; add to this, that the woman was in the transgression, and the means of the fall of man, which gave a fresh reason for, and made the obligation to subjection to him the stronger: and it is also a decent and becoming thing for wives to be subject to their husbands; for as it is giving honour to them, it is a real ornament to themselves, and is one of those good works which women professing godliness should adorn themselves with; and makes more comely and beautiful than broidered hair; gold, pearls, or costly array, yea, than their natural favour and beauty: it is what is fitting in the Lord: it is what he requires, not only what the law of God requires, (see 1 Corinthians 14:34) and which was enjoined originally, (see Genesis 3:16) and was charged as a duty under the legal dispensation; but is what is commanded by Christ under the Gospel dispensation, and is to be observed by all those that are in him, that profess to be new creatures, converted persons, that so the word of God be not blasphemed, and the enemy have no occasion to reproach, see ( Titus 2:5 1 Timothy 5:14) though this phrase may also be considered as a restriction and limitation of this subjection; that though it reaches to all things, yet only to such as are agreeable to the will of the Lord, and not contrary to the Gospel of Christ; for in these they are not to be subject to them, but to Christ the Lord; but in all other things they are, even as the church is subject to Christ: and when this is the case, such subjection is regarded by Christ as if it was done to himself; and indeed his honour and glory should be the governing view in it; (see Ephesians 5:22).


    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 18-25 - The epistles most taken up in displaying the glory of the Divine grace and magnifying the Lord Jesus, are the most particular in pressing the duties of the Christian life. We must never separate the privileges an duties of the gospel. Submission is the duty of wives. But it is submission, not to a severe lord or stern tyrant, but to her ow husband, who is engaged to affectionate duty. And husbands must love their wives with tender and faithful affection. Dutiful children ar the most likely to prosper. And parents must be tender, as well a children obedient. Servants are to do their duty, and obey their masters' commands, in all things consistent with duty to God their heavenly Master. They must be both just and diligent; without selfis designs, or hypocrisy and disguise. Those who fear God, will be jus and faithful when from under their master's eye, because they know the are under the eye of God. And do all with diligence, not idly an slothfully; cheerfully, not discontented at the providence of God whic put them in that relation. And for servants' encouragement, let the know, that in serving their masters according to the command of Christ they serve Christ, and he will give them a glorious reward at last But, on the other hand, he who doeth wrong, shall receive for the wron which he hath done. God will punish the unjust, as well as reward the faithful servant; and the same if masters wrong their servants. For the righteous Judge of the earth will deal justly between master an servant. Both will stand upon a level at his tribunal. How happy woul true religion make the world, if it every where prevailed, influence every state of things, and every relation of life! But the professio of those persons who are regardless of duties, and give just cause for complaint to those they are connected with, deceives themselves, a well as brings reproach on the gospel __________________________________________________________________


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    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    18.
    Wives, etc. Compare the parallel passages, Eph. v. 22-vi. 9. See also 1 Pet. ii. 18-iii. 7; Tit. ii. 1-5.

    Is fit (anhken). See on Philemon 8. The imperfect tense, was fitting, or became fitting, points to the time of their entrance upon the christian life. Not necessarily presupposing that the duty remained unperformed.

    Lightfoot illustrates by ought, the past tense of owed, and says, "the past tense perhaps implies an essential a priori obligation."

    In the Lord. Connect with is fitting, and compare well-pleasing in the Lord, ver. 20.


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    3:18 {Wives} (kai gunaikes). The article here distinguishes class from class and with the vocative case can be best rendered "Ye wives." So with each group. {Be in subjection to your husbands} (hupotassesqe tois andrasin). "Own" (idiois) is genuine in #Eph 5:22, but not here. The verb hupotassomai has a military air, common in the _Koin_ for such obedience. Obedience in government is essential as the same word shows in #Ro 13:1,5. {As is fitting in the Lord} (hws aneken en kuriwi). this is an idiomatic use of the imperfect indicative with verbs of propriety in present time (Robertson, _Grammar_, p. 919). Wives have rights and privileges, but recognition of the husband's leadership is essential to a well-ordered home, only the assumption is that the husband has a head and a wise one.


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