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Colossians 3:24


because you know that you will receive your 1  inheritance 2  from the Lord as the reward. Serve 3  the Lord Christ.


Ge 15:1; Ru 2:12; Pr 11:18; Mt 5:12,46; Mt 6:1,2,5,16; Mt 10:41; Lu 6:35; Lu 14:14; Joh 12:26; Ro 1:1; Ro 2:6,7; Ro 4:4,5; Ro 14:18; 1Co 3:8; 1Co 7:22; 1Co 9:17,18; Ga 1:10; Eph 6:6; Eph 6:8; Col 2:18; Heb 9:15; Heb 10:35; Heb 11:6; 2Pe 1:1; Jude 1:1

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tn The article τῆς (ths) has been translated as a possessive pronoun, “your” (ExSyn 215). It may also be functioning to indicate a well-known concept (inheritance as eternal life). See BDAG 548 s.v. κληρονομία 3: “common in Christian usage (corresp. to the LXX) (the possession of) transcendent salvation (as the inheritance of God’s children).”

tn The genitive τῆς κληρονομίας (th" klhronomia") is a genitive of apposition: The reward consists of the inheritance.

tn The form of the term δουλεύετε (douleuete) is ambiguous; it can be read as either indicative or imperative. In favor of the indicative: (1) it seems to explain better the first part of v. 24, esp. “from the Lord” which would then read as: “because you know that you will receive your inheritance from the Lord as a reward for it is the Lord you are serving.” The “for” is supplied to make the relation explicit (it is actually added in many mss – D1 Ψ 075 Ï – but the best ms evidence is against its inclusion). (2) With the imperative, one might expect ὡς τῷ κυρίῳ (Jw" tw kuriw), as for example in Eph 6:7. In favor of the imperative: (1) an imperative resumes the ἐργάζεσθε (ergazesqe) in v. 23a and forms a chiasm with it; (2) an imperative makes more sense of the γάρ (gar) in v. 25a; (3) an imperative relates equally well to the preceding statement; (4) a parallel can be found in Rom 12:11 which uses an imperatival participle δουλεύοντες (douleuonte") with the dative τῷ κυρίῳ. For an elaboration of these points see M. J. Harris, Colossians and Philemon (EGGNT), 185-86.

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