COLOSSIANS 3:22

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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

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Colossians 3:22 Translation & Meaning

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Servants, δοῦλοι A slave (literal or figurative, involuntary or voluntary; frequently, therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency) Servants
obey ὑπακούετε To hear under (as a subordinate), i.e., to listen attentively; by implication, to heed or conform to a command or authority obey
in κατὰ (prepositionally) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined) in
all things πάντα All, any, every, the whole all things
your (No Greek definition. English implied.)
masters κυρίοις Supreme in authority, i.e., (as noun) controller; by implication, Master (as a respectful title) masters
according to κατὰ (prepositionally) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined) according
the flesh; σάρκα Flesh (as stripped of the skin), i.e., (strictly) the meat of an animal (as food), or (by extension) the body (as opposed to the soul (or spirit), or as the symbol of what is external, or as the means of kindred), or (by implication) human nature (with its frailties (physically or morally) and passions), or (specially), a human being (as such) flesh
not μὴ (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether not
with ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc with
eyeservice, ὀφθαλμοδουλείαις Sight-labor, i.e., that needs watching (remissness) eyeservice
as ὡς Which how, i.e., in that manner (very variously used, as follows) as
menpleasers; ἀνθρωπάρεσκοι Man-courting, i.e., fawning menpleasers
but ἀλλ' Properly, other things, i.e., (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations) but
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
singleness ἁπλότητι Singleness, i.e., (subjectively) sincerity (without dissimulation or self-seeking), or (objectively) generosity (copious bestowal) singleness
of heart, καρδίας The heart, i.e., (figuratively) the thoughts or feelings (mind); also (by analogy) the middle heart
fearing φοβούμενοι To frighten, i.e., (passively) to be alarmed; by analogy, to be in awe of, i.e., revere fearing
God: Θεόν· A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God

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  • 20  Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

  • 21  Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

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

  • 23  And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

  • 24  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.




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