1For I would that yeknew what greatconflicta I haveforyou,and for them atLaodicea,and for as many ashavenotseenmyfacein the flesh;2Thattheirhearts might be comforted , being knit togetherinlove,anduntoallriches of the full assurance of understanding,to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God,and of the Father,and of Christ;3Inwhombarehidall the treasures of wisdomandknowledge.4Andthis I say , lest any man should beguileyouwith enticing words.5Forthough I be absent in the flesh,yet am Iwithyou in the spirit,joyingandbeholdingyourorder,and the stedfastness of yourfaithinChrist.6As ye havethereforereceivedChristJesus the Lord, so walk yeinhim:7Rootedand built upinhim,andstablishedin the faith,as ye have been taught , aboundingthereinwiththanksgiving.8Bewarelest any manspoilyouthroughphilosophyandvaindeceit,after the tradition of men,after the rudimentsc of the world,andnotafterChrist.9Forinhimdwellethall the fulness of the Godheadbodily.10And ye arecompleteinhim,whichis the head of allprincipalityandpower:11Inwhomalso ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands,in putting off the body of the sins of the fleshby the circumcision of Christ:12
Buried withhiminbaptism,whereinalso ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God,who hath raisedhimfrom the dead.13Andyou,beingdeadin your sinsand the uncircumcision of yourflesh, hath he quickened togetherwithhim, having forgivenyoualltrespasses;14
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was againstus,whichwascontrary to us,andtookit out of the way,nailingit to his cross;15
And having spoiledprincipalitiesandpowers, he made a shew of themopenly , triumphing overtheminit.d16Letnomanthereforejudgeyouinmeat,eorindrink,orinrespect of an holyday,or of the new moon,or of the sabbath days:
17Whichare a shadow of things to come ; but the body is of Christ.18Let no manbeguilefyou of your rewardin a voluntaryhumilityandworshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hathnotseen , vainly puffed upbyhisfleshlymind,19Andnotholding the Head,fromwhichall the bodybyjointsandbands having nourishment ministered , and knit together , increaseth with the increase of God.20Whereforeif ye be deadwithChristfrom the rudimentsg of the world,why, as thoughlivingin the world, are ye subject to ordinances ,
(Touch not;tastenot;handlenot;22Whichallaretoperish with the using;) after the commandmentsanddoctrines of men?23
Which thingshaveindeed a shew of wisdomin will worship,andhumility,andneglectingh of the body;notinanyhonourto the satisfying of the flesh.