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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdome, teaching and admonishing one another in Psalmes, and Hymnes, and Spirituall songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms {and} hymns {and} spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms `and' hymns `and' spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let the word of Christ be in you in all wealth of wisdom; teaching and helping one another with songs of praise and holy words, making melody to God with grace in your hearts.
- Basic English Bible

Let the word of the Christ dwell in you richly, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another, in psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to God.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

Let the teaching concerning Christ remain as a rich treasure in your hearts. In all wisdom teach and admonish one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, and sing with grace in your hearts to God.
- Weymouth 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.
- World English Bible

The word of Crist dwelle in you plenteuousli, in al wisdom; and teche and moneste you silf in salmes, and ympnes, and spiritual songis, in grace synginge in youre hertis to the Lord.
- Wycliffe Bible

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing each other, in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, in grace singing in your hearts to the Lord;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Colossians 3:16


3:16 Let the word of Christ - So the apostle calls the whole scripture, and thereby asserts the divinity of his Master. Dwell - Not make a short stay, or an occasional visit, but take up its stated residence. Richly - In the largest measure, and with the greatest efficacy; so as to fill and govern the whole soul.


People's Bible Notes for Colossians 3:16


Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ. The word that has been preached to you. Dwell in you. As in a temple. Richly in all wisdom. If we treasure it up richly we will have the divine wisdom in our hearts. Teaching and admonishing. Those having the indwelling word would have ability to teach. In psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Teaching and admonishing were to be present even in song. Song was to have another object than to please the ear. It was not for enjoyment, but for edification. The species of song are named here and in Eph 5:19. For the distinction, see PNT "Eph 5:19". Singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. With Christ's grace in your hearts; that is, with hearts pervaded by the love of Christ.

Discussion for Colossians 3

  • BSP
    This verse is encouraging children to obey their parents. God has placed parents with a certain amount of authority and he expects children to obey those rule as long as they do not conflict with God's rules.
  • Eric
    The Gospel of God cometh only from God, our Father which art in heaven. Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: Father, the hour is come glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. The mercy of man is toward his neighbour but the mercy of the Lord is upon all flesh: he reproveth, and nurtureth, and teacheth and bringeth again, as a shepherd his flock. Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
  • Wendy Huguley
    Your parents are in charge until you are grown. Once you're grown parents offers Godly advice. They word of God says that the old knows the way. Sometimes parents seem to be controlling but most only want the best for their children. As parents we must pray and let go while our children learn life.
  • Yvonne
    Every Christians should realize that the Holy Spirit is a teacher and teaches us how to balance every Word that comes from the Lord our God, Jesus Christ........ He left us this Comforter when He left us on earth!! Obeying your parents, if they're in tune with the Holy Spirit, should be obeyed. Every parent should realize that they should ask for wisdom to create their kids into the mold the LORD JESUS wants them to be, not their own way, choosing cars..house etc... etc... for them is so down to earth and is passing, but the spiritual things are forever and should be well thought of!! THe spiritual things are forever!!! Not the carnal things that wil pass in the end and has no value at all!!!
  • THE WORD. GOD IS NEW EVERYDAY COLOSSIANS 3 LIKE EVERY OTHER CHAPTER OF KING JAME
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  • Verse 15
    Surrounded by an unthankful world, we too can become ungrateful. We want to always remember meditate on our blessings from Jehovah God.