Colossians 3:6
Colossians 3:6
(KJV) For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
(1611 KJV) For which things sake, the wrath of God commeth on the children of disobedience,
(1526 Tyndale) for which thynges sakes the wrath of God cometh on the chyldren of vnbeleve.
(1382 Wycliffe)for whiche thingis the wraththe of God cam on the sones of vnbileue;
Counterfeit Versions
(CSB) Because of these, God’s wrath is coming upon the disobedient,
(NIV) Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
(THE MESSAGE) It's because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger.
(NLT) Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.
(ESV) On account of these the wrath of God is coming.
(NCV) These things make God angry.
(RSV) On account of these the wrath of God is coming.
(NAB-Roman Catholic) Because of these the wrath of God is coming (upon the disobedient).
(NWT-Jehovah’s Witness) On account of those things the wrath of God is coming.
Textus Receptus - Traditional Text
di a ercetai h orgh tou qeou epi touV uiouV thV apeiqeiaV
Hort-Westcott - Critical Text
di a ercetai h orgh tou qeou
Corrupted Manuscripts
This verse is corrupted in the following manuscripts:
B 03 - Vaticanus - Fourth century
P 46 - circa 200 AD
Manuscripts which agree with the Textus Receptus for this verse
Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit
A 02 - Alexandrinus - Fifth century
C 04 - Ephraemi Rescriptus - Fifth century
D 06 - Paris: Claromontanus - Sixth century
H 015 - Sixth century
I 016 - Fifth century
K 018 - Ninth century
L 020 - Ninth century
P 025 - Ninth century
33 (Minuscule) - Ninth Century
Published Critical Greek Texts with Corruptions
Omit “on the children of disobedience”
Lachmann, Karl - 1842 (in brackets or margin)
Tischendorf, Constantine - 1869
Tregelles, Samuel - 1857
Alford, Henry - 1849 revised in 1871
Westcott and Hort - 1881
Weiss, Bernhard - 1894
Nestle - 1927 as revised in seventeenth edition in 1941
Nestle-Aland - 1979 - Twenty Sixth Edition (in margin or brackets)
Nestle-Aland - 1993 - Twenty Seventh Edition (in brackets)
United Bible Societies - 1983 - Fourth Edition (in brackets)
Affected Teaching
This week’s omission in the modern versions attempts to hide the fact that the wrath of God will come upon the unbelievers which are described in this verse as “children of disobedience.” If I was a Bible mutilator I would definitely not want a verse like this kept in its entirety. This verse teaches that every unbeliever will come under the wrath of God. This verse and the previous one is a warning to Christians to forsake the sins of the flesh because it is these sins that cause the wrath of God to come upon the unbelievers. Once again the modern versions omit needed truth but the King James Bible does not leave us wondering.