Colossians 2:8-18 NIV

8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy,1 which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world2 rather than on Christ.

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9 For in Christ all the fullness3 of the Deity lives in bodily form,

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10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head4 over every power and authority.5

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11 In him you were also circumcised,6 in the putting off of the sinful nature,a7 not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ,

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    • a 2:11 - Or "the flesh"
      12 having been buried with him in baptism8 and raised with him9 through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.10

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      13 When you were dead in your sins11 and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature,b God made youc alive12 with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,13

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        • b 2:13 - Or "your flesh"
        • c 2:13 - Some manuscripts "us"
          14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations,14 that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.15

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          15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities,16 he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them17 by the cross.d

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            • d 2:15 - Or "them in him"
              16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you18 by what you eat or drink,19 or with regard to a religious festival,20 a New Moon celebration21 or a Sabbath day.22

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              17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come;23 the reality, however, is found in Christ.

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              18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility24 and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize.25 Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions.

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