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Colossians 2, RSV

  
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2:1 For I want you to know how greatly I strive for you, and for those at La-odice'a, and for all who have not seen my face,

2:2 that their hearts may be encouraged as they are knit together in love, to have all the riches of assured understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, of Christ,

2:3 in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

2:4 I say this in order that no one may delude you with beguiling speech.

2:5 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.

2:6 As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live in him,

2:7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

2:8 See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ.

2:9 For in him the whole fulness of deity dwells bodily,

2:10 and you have come to fulness of life in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

2:11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of flesh in the circumcision of Christ;

2:12 and you were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

2:13 And you, who were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,

2:14 having canceled the bond which stood against us with its legal demands; this he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

2:15 He disarmed the principalities and powers and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in him.

2:16 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.

2:17 These are only a shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.

2:18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels, taking his stand on visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,

2:19 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.

2:20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the universe, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations,

2:21 "Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch"

2:22 (referring to things which all perish as they are used), according to human precepts and doctrines?

2:23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting rigor of devotion and self-abasement and severity to the body, but they are of no value in checking the indulgence of the flesh.

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