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

  • Rae
    He is the WAY, the LIGHT, the TRUTH. FOLLOW HIM AND WE ALL SHALL FIND LOVE, PEACE ETERNAL CERTAINTY. I woke up dreaming about this verse. Searched it online and it led me here. This thread couldnt have been any more perfect to stumble upon. Keep your humilty. Keep your joy. It is true, we will experience long suffering in this cruel, cruel world as a child of God... however, with His grace, we shall always be healed. Love you all. Rae
  • Drew
    We are loved by the Holy God who died for us. It is commanded of us to love our God with all our heart soul and mind and also to love all others with this love. We are to walk in the fruits of the spirit not in the flesh this is key to love.
  • Latrina Long
    Glory to Our Father who is worthy to Be Praise
  • BSP
    Verse 13 points out that we must keep forgiving one another and putting up with one another the way God continues to forgive and put up with our imperfections.
  • Stephanie september
    I just love that verse, it tells us how we are expected to live our lives and respect each other as husband and wives and that God should've a part of our daily lives and that we cannot prosper without him, that should we sin in anyway we will not prosper in life. We need to look to God in all we do and not be caught up in worldly things but those things of our Father. We must encourage each other
  • Brenton hannah
    I love the bible