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Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts

Paul speaks of the peace that Christ gives as if it were a ruler. Possible meanings are 1) “Do everything so that you can have peaceful relationships with each other” or 2) “Allow God to give you peace in your heart” (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metonymy)

in your hearts

It was normal for Paul to speak of the heart as if it were the place where people feel most intensely certain conditions such as peacefulness. You should use the most natural expression in your language for feeling at peace. (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metaphor)

Let the word of Christ live in you

Paul speaks of Christ’s word as if it were a person capable of living inside other people. “Always trust Christ’s promises” (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metaphor)

“Word of Christ” is a metonym for the teachings of Christ. AT: “Be obedient to the instructions of Christ” (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metonymy)

admonish one another

“caution and encourage one another”

with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs

“with all sorts of songs to praise God”

thankfulness in your hearts

“thankful hearts”

in word or in deed

speaking or acting

in the name of the Lord Jesus

“Name” here is a metonym for the person of Jesus Christ. AT: “by means of the Lord Jesus” (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metonomy) “to honor the Lord Jesus” or “with the authority of the Lord Jesus”

through him

Possible meanings are 1) because he has done great deeds or 2) because he has made it possible for people to speak to God and so give him thanks. (See: rc://en/ta/man/translate/figs-metaphor)

translationWords

  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/other/peace
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/christ
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/wise
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/psalm
  • rc://en/tw/dict/bible/kt/godthefather