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

  • Steve morrow

    colossians 3:5 mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth fornication uncleanness inordinate affection evil concupiscence and covetousness which is odolatry
    3:6 for which things sake the wrath of GOD cometh on the children of disobedience
  • Bro.Kenneth
    This sums up our relationship with Christ as it relates to this world,How we relate with our spouses and children and relationships with unbelievers and our character in this world, it is chapter full of insights for us to walk Christ like ans focus on christ for He is our life Amen,until His return. Be blessed beloved
  • A disciple
    "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." The heathen spirit that reigns over the hearts and minds of men, is what's behind all their "philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." If we were of this world then we would love the same things the world loves, and live by its spirits. But we seek another world!
  • CAB
    There is no room for anger in our precious lives and not everyone is the elect of God
  • Tom Jones
    I myself have some trust issues but according to the bible we love one another as Christ loved us.
  • Steve morrow
    john 15:3 now you are clean through the word which I have spoken to you 15:4 abide in ME and I in you as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself except it abide in the vine no more can you except you abide in ME PHILIPPIANS 2:21 FOR ALL SEEK THEIR OWN NOT THE THINGS WHICH ARE JESUS CHRISTS PHIL 3:14 I PRESS TOWARD THE MARK FOR THE PRIZE OF THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS---ephesians 5:24 therefore as the church is subject unto CHRIST so let the wives be subject unto their own husbands in everything 5:25 husbands love your wives even as CHRIST also loved the church and gave himself for it 5:26 that HE might sanctify ---- and cleanse it ---- with the washing of water by the word mark 8:35 for whosoever will save his life shall lose it but whosoever shall lose his life for MY sake and the gospels the same shall save it