Colossians 3:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Colossians 3:20, NIV: Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

Colossians 3:20, ESV: Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

Colossians 3:20, KJV: Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

Colossians 3:20, NASB: Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord.

Colossians 3:20, NLT: Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord.

Colossians 3:20, CSB: Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

What does Colossians 3:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This passage is a set of specific instructions to those living in Christian homes. Paul's recent words have addressed wives (Colossians 3:18) and husbands (Colossians 3:19). Here, he instructs children with a relatively broad concept. Children are given one overarching command: obedience. This follows the teaching of honoring one's parents found in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1–3). It also represents the universal Christian teaching of living with love and respect toward one another.

Paul reminds children that obedience to their parents is pleasing to God. He has already noted that all things are to be done for God's glory (Colossians 3:17). This includes how a child obeys his or her parents. Jesus set an example by being submissive to His human parents (Luke 2:51) as well as to the will of His heavenly Father (Matthew 6:10). Disobedience to parents was considered sinful (Romans 1:30; 2 Timothy 3:2). Obedience to one's parents is the biblical expectation for children in Christian homes (Ephesians 6:1).