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Colossians 2:14-23 (English Standard Version)

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14 by 1canceling 2the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 3He disarmed the rulers and authoritiesa and 4put them to open shame, by 5triumphing over them in him.b

Let No One Disqualify You

16 Therefore let no one 6pass judgment on you 7in questions of food and drink, or with regard to 8a festival or 9a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 10These are a shadow of the things to come, but 11the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one 12disqualify you, 13insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, 14going on in detail about visions,c15puffed up without reason by 16his sensuous mind, 19 and 17not 18holding 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. 20 If with Christ 19you died to the 20elemental spirits of the world, 21why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations-- 21 22"Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch" 22 (23referring to things that all perish as they are used)--according to 24human precepts and teachings? 23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in 25promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are 26of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.
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