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

  • Brenton hannah
    I love the bible
  • Ben Weaver
    Frequently misinterpreted verse! The Greek grammar was "present tense and ongoing" which also fits with the context. Whenever Christ, who is our life, is manifest (made to appear)- in our affection, (see vs. 2) then we also, with Him will be manifested, in His state of glory. All of ch.2 is contrasting Jesus against and over our own religious efforts. V. 4 need not be withdrawn from the context.
  • Julius mureithi
    the meek n humble will n shall inherit the universe. Say bless
  • John marrero
    We the children of God should dress ourselvs with all the wonderfull things that God stands for.
  • MockingBird
    First , I see that I have to put this on : So I must not have it on yet : I am already an elect of God : Therefore I have Holy Spirit within : To allow Holy Spirit within to do as He pleases , I must be ,Holy , which I am and Beloved and , I am beloved of my Father : Because of His mercy toward me I should be able to show mercy also , to be kind, and to have a humble mind , Meekness , an awareness of the presence of God and longsuffering toward my Brothers and sisters. Sometimes this is difficult : But God will not have me do anything that He has not done Himself : I am to be Christ like : this is a continual submitting to Holy Spirit in me.
  • Mena ama
    if we are able to put on these things with the help of God, then we will be like him and will be worthy partakers of his kingdom. may God help us through our journey in this world, so that we reach our destination safely. God bless us all.