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Colossians 2 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face,

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that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ,

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in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

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I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.

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For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.

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Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,

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rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

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See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits[fn] of the world, and not according to Christ.

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For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,

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and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

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In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,

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having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.

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And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,

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by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

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He disarmed the rulers and authorities[fn] and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.[fn]

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Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.

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These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.

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Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions,[fn] puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,

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and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

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If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations—

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“Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch”

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These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.
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Or elementary principles; also verse 20
Probably demonic rulers and authorities
Or in it (that is, the cross)
Or about the things he has seen

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