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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Colossians 3:22


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    King James Bible - Colossians 3:22

    Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:

    World English Bible

    Servants, obey in all things those who are your masters according to the flesh, not just when they are looking, as
    men pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God.

    Douay-Rheims - Colossians 3:22

    Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not
    serving to the eye, as pleasing men, but in simplicity of heart, fearing God.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers; but in singleness of
    heart, fearing God:

    Greek Textus Receptus


    οι
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    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (22) -
    :20 Ps 123:2 Mal 1:6 Mt 8:9 Lu 6:46; 7:8 Eph 6:5-7 1Ti 6:1,2

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 3:22

    Siervos, obedeced en todo a vuestros amos carnales, no sirviendo al ojo, como los que agradan solamente a los hombres, sino con sencillez de corazn, temiendo a Dios;

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Colossians 3:22

    Verse 22.
    Servants, obey] See on Eph. vi. 5-8.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 22.
    Servants, obey in all things your masters , etc.] That is, in all things relating to the body, and bodily service; not to the conscience, and religious worship; in things worldly, and not spiritual; in all things that are within a master's power, and it is lawful for him to command; and in all things that are fitting and proper that a servant should do; and even in such things as may be difficult, troublesome, and disagreeable to the flesh unto them; (see Luke 17:7-9) who those servants are that are to obey, and who their masters, said to be according to the flesh, to whom they are to be subject, (see Gill on Ephesians 6:5). not with eyeservice, as menpleasers, but in singleness of heart ; (see Gill on Ephesians 6:5-6). fearing God ; who sees and knows all things, what servants do when their masters are absent from them, and to whom they are accountable; and a servant that fears God will make conscience of discharging his service faithfully, will not misspend his master's time, nor embezzle his goods, or waste his substance; but from a principle of reverential affection for God, and fear of him, with a concern for his name, and a view to his glory, will with all diligence, uprightness, faithfulness, and sincerity, do his duty, seek his master's good and interest, and cheerfully obey all his lawful commands.

    The Alexandrian copy reads, fearing the Lord; and so the Syriac version, in the fear of the Lord.


    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 __________________________________________________________________


    Greek Textus Receptus


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    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    22. Masters (kurioiv). See on
    Lord, 2 Pet. ii. 1, and Matt. xxi. 3. Kuriov Lord and despothv master came to be used interchangeably in the New Testament, though originally the latter involved such authority as is implied in our use of despot, or in the relation of a master to a slave. The Greeks applied despothv only to the gods.

    With eye-service (en ofqalmodouleiaiv). Only here and Ephesians vi. 6. The word seems to have been coined by Paul.

    Men pleasers (anqrwpareskoi). Only here and Eph. vi. 6.

    Compare Plato: "And this art he will not attain without a great deal of trouble, which a good man ought to undergo, not for the sake of speaking and acting before men, but in order that he may be able to say what is acceptable to God, and always to act acceptably to Him as far as in him lies. For there is a saying of wiser men than ourselves, that a man of sense should not try to please his fellow-servants (at least this should not be his first object), but his good and noble masters" "Phaedrus," 273).

    Singleness (aplothti). See on Rom. xii. 8. Without duplicity or doubleness.

    Fearing the Lord (ton Kurion). The one Master contrasted with the masters (kurioiv) according to the flesh. The parallel in Eph. vi. 5, has as unto Christ.


    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    3:22 {Your masters according to the flesh} (tois kata sarka kuriois). "Lords" really, but these Christian slaves (douloi) had Christ as lord, but even so they were to obey their lords in the flesh. {Not with eye-service} (me en ofqalmodouliais). Another Pauline word (here only and #Eph 6:6), elsewhere only in Christian writers after Paul, an easy and expressive compound, service while the master's eye was on the slave and no longer. {Men-pleasers} (anqrwpareskoi). Late compound only in LXX and Paul (here and #Eph 6:6). {In singleness of heart} (en haploteti kardias). So in #Eph 6:5. Old and expressive word from haplous (simple, without folds). See #2Co 11:3. {Fearing the Lord} (foboumenoi ton kurion). Rather than the lords according to the flesh.


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