NASB — Colossians 2 — KJV

You Are Built Up in Christ

1 For I want you to know how great a astruggle I have on your behalf and for those who are at bLaodicea, and for all those who have not Ipersonally seen my face, 2 that their ahearts may be encouraged, having been bknit together in love, and [attaining] to all cthe wealth Ithat comes from the full assurance of understanding, [resulting] in a dtrue knowledge of eGod’s mystery, [that is], Christ [Himself], 3 in whom are hidden all athe treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 aI say this so that no one will delude you with bpersuasive argument. 5 For even though I am aabsent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing Ito see IIyour bgood discipline and the cstability of your faith in Christ.

[1] ILit in the flesh aCol 1:29; 4:12 bCol 4:13, 15f; Rv 1:11
[2] ILit of the full assurance a1Co 14:31; Ep 6:22; Col 4:8 bCol 2:19 cEp 1:7, 18; 3:16 dMt 13:11 eRo 16:25f; Ep 3:3f; Col 1:26; 4:3
[3] aIs 11:2; Ro 11:33
[4] aEp 4:17 bRo 16:18
[5] ILit and seeing IIOr your good order a1Co 5:3 b1Co 14:40 c1P 5:9

6 ¶ Therefore as you have received aChrist Jesus the Lord, [so] Ibwalk in Him, 7 having been firmly arooted [and now] being bbuilt up in Him and cestablished Iin your faith, just as you dwere instructed, [and] overflowing IIwith gratitude.

[6] IOr lead your life aGa 3:26 bCol 1:10
[7] IOr by IIOne early ms reads in it with aEp 3:17 b1Co 3:9; Ep 2:20 c1Co 1:8 dEp 4:21

8aSee to it that no one takes you captive through bphilosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the celementary principles of the world, Irather than according to Christ. 9 For in Him all the afullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been amade Icomplete, and bHe is the head IIover all crule and authority; 11 and in Him ayou were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of bthe body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been aburied with Him in baptism, in which you were also braised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who craised Him from the dead. 13 When you were adead Iin your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He bmade you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out athe certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and bHe has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had Iadisarmed the brulers and authorities, He amade a public display of them, having ctriumphed over them through IIHim.

[8] ILit and not a1Co 8:9; 10:12; Ga 5:15; He 3:12 bEp 5:6; Col 2:23; 1Ti 6:20 cGa 4:3; Col 2:20
[9] a2Co 5:19; Col 1:19
[10] ILit full IILit of aEp 3:19 bEp 1:21f c1Co 15:24; Ep 3:10; Col 2:15
[11] aRo 2:29; Ep 2:11 bRo 6:6; 7:24; Ga 5:24; Col 3:5
[12] aRo 6:4f bRo 6:5; Ep 2:6; Col 2:13; 3:1 cAc 2:24
[13] IOr by reason of aEp 2:1 bEp 2:5; Col 2:12
[14] aEp 2:15; Col 2:20 b1P 2:24
[15] IOr divested Himself of IIOr it; i.e. the cross aEp 4:8 bJn 12:31; 1Co 15:24; Ep 3:10; Col 2:10 c2Co 2:14

16 ¶ Therefore no one is to Iaact as your judge in regard to bfood or bdrink or in respect to a cfestival or a dnew moon or a eSabbath IIday— 17 things which are aa [mere] shadow of what is to come; but the Isubstance IIbelongs to Christ. 18 Let no one keep Iadefrauding you of your prize by bdelighting in IIself-abasement and the worship of the angels, IIItaking his stand on [visions] he has seen, IVcinflated without cause by his dfleshly mind, 19 and not holding fast to athe head, from whom bthe entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and Iligaments, grows with a growth IIwhich is from God.

[16] ILit judge you IIOr days aRo 14:3 bMk 7:19; Ro 14:17; He 9:10 cLv 23:2; Ro 14:5 d1Ch 23:31; 2Ch 31:3; Ne 10:33 eMk 2:27f; Ga 4:10
[17] ILit body IILit of Christ aHe 8:5; 10:1
[18] IOr deciding against you IIOr humility IIIOr going into detail about IVOr conceited a1Co 9:24; Php 3:14 bCol 2:23 c1Co 4:6 dRo 8:7
[19] ILit bonds IILit of God aEp 1:22 bEp 1:23; 4:16

20aIf you have died with Christ Ito the belementary principles of the world, cwhy, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to ddecrees, such as, 21 “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” 22 (which all [refer] a[to] things destined to perish Iwith use)—in accordance with the bcommandments and teachings of men? 23 These are matters which have, to be sure, the Iappearance of wisdom in IIaself-made religion and self-abasement and bsevere treatment of the body, [but are] of no value against cfleshly indulgence.

[20] ILit from aRo 6:2 bCol 2:8 cGa 4:9 dCol 2:14, 16
[22] IOr by being consumed a1Co 6:13 bIs 29:13; Mt 15:9; Tit 1:14
[23] ILit report; Gr logos IIOr would-be religion aCol 2:18 b1Ti 4:3 cRo 13:14; 1Ti 4:8


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He still exhorteth them to be constant in Christ,

1 ¶ For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and [for] them at Laodicea, and [for] as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; 2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

[1] Gn 30:8; 32:24; Ho 12:3; Lk 22:44; Ac 20:25, 38; Ga 4:19; Php 1:30; Col 1:24, 29; 2:5; 4:12, 13, 15; 1Th 2:2; He 5:7; 1P 1:8; Rv 1:11; 3:14.
[2] Ps 133:1; Is 32:17; 40:1; 53:11; Jr 9:24; Mt 11:25, 27; Lk 10:21; Jn 1:1; 5:17, 23; 6:69; 10:30, 38; 14:9; 16:15; 17:3, 21; Ac 4:32; Ro 15:13; 16:25; 1Co 2:12; 2Co 1:4; Ga 3:28; Ep 1:17; 3:9; Php 2:1; 3:8; Col 1:9, 15, 27; 3:14; 4:8; 1Th 1:5; 3:2; 5:14; 2Th 2:16; 1Ti 3:16; He 6:11; 10:22; 2P 1:3, 10; 3:18; 1Jn 3:19; 4:12; 5:7.
[3] Jb 28:21; Pv 2:4; Mt 10:26; Ro 11:33; 1Co 1:24, 30; 2:6; Ep 1:8; 3:9, 10; Col 1:9, 19; 3:3, 16; 2Ti 3:15; Rv 2:17.
[4] Mt 24:4, 24; Mk 13:22; Ac 20:30; Ro 16:18; 1Co 2:4; 2Co 11:3, 11; Ga 2:4; Ep 4:14; 5:6; Col 2:8, 18; 2Th 2:9; 1Ti 4:1; 2Ti 2:16; 3:13; Tit 1:10; 1P 2:1; 1Jn 2:18, 26; 4:1; 2Jn 1:7; Rv 12:9; 13:8; 20:3, 8.
[5] Ru 1:18; 2Ch 29:35; Ps 78:8, 37; Ac 2:42; 1Co 5:3; 11:34; 14:40; 15:58; 16:13; Col 2:1; 1Th 2:17; 3:8; He 3:14; 6:19; 1P 5:9; 2P 3:17.
[6] Is 2:5; Mi 4:2; Mt 10:40; Jn 1:12; 13:20; 14:6; 1Co 1:30; 2Co 5:7; Ga 2:20; Ep 4:1; 5:1; Php 1:27; Col 3:17; 1Th 4:1; He 3:14; 1Jn 2:6; 5:11, 20; 2Jn 1:8; Jde 1:3.
[7] Ps 1:3; 92:13; Is 61:3; Jr 17:8; Ezk 17:23; Mt 7:24; Lk 6:48; Jn 15:4; Ro 11:17; 16:25; 1Co 3:9; 15:58; 2Co 1:21; Ep 2:20, 21; 3:17; 5:20; Col 1:12, 23; 3:17; 1Th 5:18; 2Th 2:17; He 13:15; 1P 2:4; 5:10; 2P 3:17; Jde 1:12, 20, 24.

to beware of philosophy, and vain traditions,

8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with [him] through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 [And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath [days]: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of Christ.

[8] Dt 6:12; So 2:15; Jr 29:8; Mt 7:15; 10:17; 15:2; 16:6; Mk 7:3; Ac 17:18, 32; Ro 1:21; 16:17; 1Co 1:19; 3:18; 15:35; 2Co 10:5; Ga 1:14; 4:3, 9; Ep 2:2; 4:20; 5:6; Php 3:2; Col 2:18, 20, 22; 1Ti 6:20; 2Ti 2:17; 3:13; He 13:9; 1P 1:18; 2P 3:17; 2Jn 1:8.
[9] Is 7:14; Mt 1:23; Lk 3:22; Jn 1:14; 2:21; 10:30, 38; 14:9, 20; 17:21; 2Co 5:19; Col 1:19; 2:2; 1Ti 3:16; Tit 2:13; 1Jn 5:7, 20.
[10] Jn 1:16; 1Co 1:30; Ga 3:26; Ep 1:20; 4:15; Php 2:9; Col 1:16; 3:11; He 5:9; 1P 3:22; Rv 5:9.
[11] Dt 10:16; 30:6; Jr 4:4; Mk 14:58; Lk 2:21; Ac 7:48; 17:24; Ro 2:29; 6:6; 2Co 5:1, 17; Ga 2:20; 4:4; Ep 2:10, 11; 4:22; Php 3:3; Col 3:8; He 9:11, 24.
[12] Lk 17:5; Jn 1:12; 3:3; Ac 2:24; 14:27; Ro 4:24; 6:3, 4, 8; 7:4; 1Co 12:13; 15:20; Ga 3:27; Ep 1:19, 20; 2:4, 8; 3:7, 17; 4:5; 5:14; Php 1:29; Col 3:1; Tit 3:5; He 6:2; 12:2; 13:20; Jm 1:16; 1P 3:21; 4:1.
[13] Ps 32:1; 71:20; 119:50; Is 1:18; 55:7; Jr 31:34; Ezk 37:1; Lk 9:60; 15:24, 32; Jn 5:21; 6:63; Ac 13:38; Ro 4:17; 6:13; 8:11; 1Co 15:36, 45; 2Co 3:6; 5:14, 19; Ep 2:1, 5, 11; 5:14; 1Ti 5:6; 6:13; He 6:1; 8:10; 9:14; Jm 2:17, 20, 26; 1Jn 1:7; 2:12.
[14] Nu 5:23; Ne 4:5; Es 3:12; 8:8; Ps 51:1, 9; Is 43:25; 44:22; 57:14; Dn 5:7; Lk 1:6; Ac 3:19; Ga 4:1; Ep 2:14; Col 2:20; 2Th 2:7; He 7:18; 8:13; 9:9; 10:8.
[15] Gn 3:15; Ps 68:18; Is 49:24; 53:12; Mt 12:29; Lk 10:18; 11:22; 23:39; Jn 12:31, 32; 16:11; 19:30; Ac 2:23, 32; 2Co 4:4; Ep 4:8; 6:12; Col 1:16; He 2:14; Rv 12:9; 20:2, 10.
[16] Lv 11:2; 16:31; 17:10; 23:1, 3, 24, 32, 39; Nu 10:10; 28:1, 11, 14; Dt 14:3; 16:1; 1S 20:5, 18; 2K 4:23; 1Ch 23:31; Ne 8:9; 10:31, 33; Ps 42:4; 81:3; Is 1:13; Ezk 4:14; 45:17; 46:1; Am 8:5; Mt 15:11; Ac 11:3; 15:20; Ro 14:2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 13, 14, 20; 1Co 8:7; 10:28; Ga 2:12; 4:10; 1Ti 4:3; He 9:10; 13:9; Jm 4:11.
[17] Mt 11:28; Jn 1:17; He 4:1; 8:5; 9:9; 10:1.

worshipping of angels,

18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

[18] Gn 3:13; Nu 25:18; Dt 29:29; Jb 38:2; Ps 138:1; Is 57:9; Ezk 13:3; Dn 11:38; Mt 24:24; Ro 1:25; 8:6; 16:18; 1Co 3:3; 4:18; 8:1, 5; 13:4; 2Co 11:3; 12:20; Ga 5:19; Ep 5:6; Col 2:4, 8, 16, 23; 1Ti 1:7; 4:1; Jm 3:14; 4:1; 2P 2:14; 1Jn 2:26; 4:1; 2Jn 1:7; Rv 3:11; 12:9; 13:8, 14; 19:10; 22:8.
[19] Jb 19:9; Ps 139:15; Jn 15:4; 17:21; Ac 4:32; Ro 11:17; 12:4; 1Co 1:10; 3:6; 10:16; 12:12; Ga 1:6; 5:2; Ep 4:3, 15, 16; 5:29; Php 1:27; 2:2; Col 1:10, 18; 2:2, 6; 1Th 3:12; 4:10; 2Th 1:3; 1Ti 2:4; 1P 3:8; 2P 3:18.

and legal ceremonies, which are ended in Christ.

20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

[20] Jn 15:19; 17:14; Ro 6:2; 7:4; 2Co 10:3; Ga 2:19; 4:3, 9; 6:14; Ep 2:15; Col 2:8, 14, 16; 3:3; He 13:9; Jm 4:4; 1P 4:1; 1Jn 5:19.
[21] Gn 3:3; Is 52:11; 2Co 6:17; 1Ti 4:3.
[22] Is 29:13, 18; Dn 11:37; Mt 15:3; Mk 7:7, 18; Jn 6:27; 1Co 6:13; Tit 1:14; Rv 17:18.
[23] Gn 3:5; Mt 23:27; 2Co 11:13; Ep 5:29; Col 2:8, 18, 22; 1Ti 4:3, 8.


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