Colossians 2:8-23 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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              19 He has lost connection with the Head,26 from whom the whole body,27 supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.28

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              20 Since you died with Christ29 to the basic principles of this world,30 why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules:31

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                  21 "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"?
                  22 These are all destined to perish32 with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings.33

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                  23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility34 and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

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