Colossians 2

You Are Built Up in Christ

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 flesh
personally seen my face,
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 assurance
that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a h true knowledge of i God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself,
in whom are hidden all j the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. k I say this so that no one will delude you with l persuasive argument. For even though I am m absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing
Lit and seeing
to see
Or your good order
your p good discipline and the q stability of your faith in Christ.

Therefore as you have received r Christ Jesus the Lord, so
Or lead your life
t walk in Him,
having been firmly u rooted and now being v built up in Him and w established
Or by
in your faith, just as you y were instructed, and overflowing
One early ms reads in it with
with gratitude.

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 not
rather than according to Christ.
For in Him all the ae fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been af made
Lit full
complete, and ah He is the head
Lit of
over 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 of
in 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 cross

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 days
17 things which are bi a mere shadow of what is to come; but the
Lit body
Lit of Christ
belongs to Christ.
18 Let no one keep
Or deciding against you
bm defrauding you of your prize by bn delighting in
Or humility
self-abasement and the worship of the angels
Or going into detail about
taking 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 bonds
ligaments, grows with a growth
Lit of God
which is from God.

20  bx If you have died with Christ
Lit from
to 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 consumed
with use)—in accordance with the ce commandments and teachings of men?
23 These are matters which have, to be sure, the
Lit report; Gr logos
appearance 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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