You Are Built Up in Christ1 For I want you to know how great a a struggle I have on your behalf and for those who are at b Laodicea, and for all those who have not ▼
▼ Lit in the fleshpersonally seen my face, 2 that their d hearts may be encouraged, having been e knit together in love, and attaining to all f the wealth ▼
▼ Lit of the full assurancethat comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a h true knowledge of i God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, 3 in whom are hidden all j the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 k I say this so that no one will delude you with l persuasive argument. 5 For even though I am m absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing ▼
▼ Lit and seeingto see ▼
▼ Or your good orderyour p good discipline and the q stability of your faith in Christ. 6 Therefore as you have received r Christ Jesus the Lord, so ▼
▼ Or lead your life, t walk in Him, 7 having been firmly u rooted and now being v built up in Him and w established ▼
▼ Or byin your faith, just as you y were instructed, and overflowing ▼
▼ One early ms reads in it withwith gratitude. 8 aa See to it that no one takes you captive through ab philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the ac elementary principles of the world ▼
▼ Lit and notrather than according to Christ. 9 For in Him all the ae fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been af made ▼
▼ Lit fullcomplete, and ah He is the head ▼
▼ Lit ofover all aj rule and authority; 11 and in Him ak you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of al the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been am buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also an raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who ao raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were ap dead ▼
▼ Or by reason ofin your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He ar made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out as the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and at He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had ▼
▼ Or divested Himself of, av disarmed the aw rulers and authorities, He ax made a public display of them, having ay triumphed over them through ▼
▼ Or it; i.e. the crossHim. 16 Therefore no one is to ▼
▼ Lit judge you, bb act as your judge in regard to bc food or bd drink or in respect to a be festival or a bf new moon or a bg Sabbath ▼
▼ Or daysday— 17 things which are bi a mere shadow of what is to come; but the ▼
▼ Lit bodysubstance ▼
▼ Lit of Christbelongs to Christ. 18 Let no one keep ▼
▼ Or deciding against you, bm defrauding you of your prize by bn delighting in ▼
▼ Or humilityself-abasement and the worship of the angels ▼
▼ Or going into detail abouttaking his stand on visions he has seen ▼
▼ Or conceited, br inflated without cause by his bs fleshly mind, 19 and not holding fast to bt the head, from whom bu the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ▼
▼ Lit bondsligaments, grows with a growth ▼
▼ Lit of Godwhich is from God. 20 bx If you have died with Christ ▼
▼ Lit fromto the bz elementary principles of the world ca why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to cb decrees, such as, 21 “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” 22 (which all refer cc to things destined to perish ▼
▼ Or by being consumedwith use)—in accordance with the ce commandments and teachings of men? 23 These are matters which have, to be sure, the ▼
▼ Lit report; Gr logosappearance of wisdom in ▼
▼ Or would-be religion, ch self-made religion and self-abasement and ci severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against cj fleshly indulgence.
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