Vincent Word Studies - Colossians 3:5 - 3:5

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Mortify (νεκρώσατε)

Only here, Rom 4:19; Heb 11:12. Mortify is used in its literal sense of put to death. So Erasmus: “Christ was mortified and killed.” And Shakespeare:

“ - his wildness mortified in him,

Seemed to die too.”

“1 Henry V., 1, 26”

Members (μέλη)

See on Rom 6:13. The physical members, so far as they are employed in the service of sin. The word falls in with the allusions to bodily austerities in ch. 2.

Which are upon the earth

Compare Col 3:2. The organs of the earthly and sensuous life.

Fornication, etc.

In apposition with members, denoting the modes in which the members sinfully exert themselves.

Inordinate affection, evil concupiscence (πάθος, ἐπιθυμίαν κακήν).

See on Rom 1:26.

And covetousness (καὶ πλεονεξίαν)

And has a climactic force; and especially; see on Rom 1:29.

Which is (ἥτις ἐστιν)

The compound relative, explanatory and classifying. Seeing it stands in the category of. Compare Eph 5:5.


See on 1Co 5:10.