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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Colossians 3:2

    CHAPTERS: Colossians 1, 2, 3, 4     

    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25




    King James Bible - Colossians 3:2

    Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

    World English Bible

    Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth.

    Douay-Rheims - Colossians 3:2

    Mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

    Greek Textus Receptus

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    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (2) -
    :1 1Ch 22:19; 29:3 Ps 62:10; 91:14; 119:36,37 Pr 23:5 Ec 7:14

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 3:2

    Poned la mira en las cosas de arriba, no en las de la tierra.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Colossians 3:2

    Verse 2. Set your affection on things above] ta avw froneite?
    Love heavenly things; study them; let your hearts be entirely engrossed by them. Now, that ye are converted to God, act in reference to heavenly things as ye did formerly in reference to those of earth; and vice versa.

    This is a very good general rule: "Be as much in earnest for heavenly and eternal things, as ye formerly were for those that are earthly and perishing."

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 2. Set your affections on things above , etc.] For unless the affections are set on them, they will never be sought after in a proper manner. The word signifies to mind them, and think on them, to favour and approve of them, to be affectionately desirous of them, and concerned for them; for where the treasure is, the heart should be; and as the saints' best things are above, their minds and affections should be there likewise; their contemplation should be on those things, and their conversation should be in heaven; nor should they regard anything but what is there, or comes from thence, for they belong not to this world, but to another and better country: their citizenship is in heaven, and there, in a short time, they must have their everlasting residence; and therefore should seek after, and highly prize and value heavenly things, and set their affections on them, and not on things on the earth ; not mind earth and earthly things, temporal enjoyments, riches, and honours; and though food and raiment, and the necessaries of life, are to be sought after, and cared and provided for, yet not with anxiety and perplexity of mind, in an over thoughtful and distressing manner; nor should the heart be set on those outward things, or happiness placed in the possession of them. Moreover, worldly lusts, the members which are on the earth, earthly pleasures that are sinful, may be here meant. Worldly lusts are to be denied, the deeds of the body are to be mortified, carnal desires are not to be gratified and indulged, provision is not to be made for the flesh, to fulfil its lusts; and particularly the vain philosophy of Jews and Gentiles, the traditions of the elders, the ceremonies of the law, which lay in earthly things, in worldly observances, the difference of meats and drinks, keeping of days, months, and years, new moons, feasts, and sabbath days; the rudiments of the world, the commandments and doctrines which were of the earth, and lay in not touching, tasting, and handling certain things that are on earth, and which perish with the using, as opposed to the doctrines of the Gospel, and ordinances of Christ, which are from above, and come from heaven, and have a spiritual and heavenly use: and which is the sense chiefly intended, though it is best to understand the words in their largest compass.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-4 - As
    Christians are freed from the ceremonial law, they must walk the more closely with God in gospel obedience. As heaven and earth ar contrary one to the other, both cannot be followed together; an affection to the one will weaken and abate affection to the other Those that are born again are dead to sin, because its dominion i broken, its power gradually subdued by the operation of grace, and it shall at length be extinguished by the perfection of glory. To be dead then, means this, that those who have the Holy Spirit, mortifyin within them the lusts of the flesh, are able to despise earthly things and to desire those that are heavenly. Christ is, at present, one who we have not seen; but our comfort is, that our life is safe with him The streams of this living water flow into the soul by the influence of the Holy Spirit, through faith. Christ lives in the believer by his Spirit, and the believer lives to him in all he does. At the secon coming of Christ, there will be a general assembling of all the redeemed; and those whose life is now hid with Christ, shall the appear with him in his glory. Do we look for such happiness, and shoul we not set our affections upon that world, and live above this?

    Greek Textus Receptus

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    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    2. Set your affection (froneite). Lit., be
    minded, think. As Rev., set your mind. Seek marks the practical striving; set your mind, the inward impulse and disposition. Both must be directed at things above. "You must not only seek heaven, you must think heaven" (Lightfoot). Compare Philip. iii. 19, 20.

    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    3:2 {Set your
    mind on} (froneite). "Keep on thinking about." It does matter what we think and we are responsible for our thoughts. {Not on the things that are upon the earth} (me ta epi tes ges). Paul does not mean that we should never think the things upon the earth, but that these should not be our aim, our goal, our master. The Christian has to keep his feet upon the earth, but his head in the heavens. He must be heavenly-minded here on earth and so help to make earth like heaven.

    CHAPTERS: 1, 2, 3, 4
    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25


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