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Colossians 2 CEBA/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I want you to know how much I struggle for you, for those in Laodicea, and for all who haven't known me personally. 1 I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally.
2 My goal is that their hearts would be encouraged and united together in love so that they might have all the riches of assurance that come with understanding, so that they might have the knowledge of the secret plan of God, namely Christ. 2 My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,
3 All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in him. 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 I'm telling you this so that no one deceives you with convincing arguments, 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.
5 because even though I am absent physically, I'm with you in spirit. I'm happy to see the discipline and stability of your faith in Christ. 5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.
6 So live in Christ Jesus the Lord in the same way as you received him. 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him,
7 Be rooted and built up in him, be established in faith, and overflow with thanksgiving just as you were taught. 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
8 See to it that nobody enslaves you with philosophy and foolish deception, which conform to human traditions and the way the world thinks and acts rather than Christ. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
9 All the fullness of deity lives in Christ's body. 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,
10 And you have been filled by him, who is the head of every ruler and authority. 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.
11 You were also circumcised by him. This wasn't performed by human hands—the whole body was removed through this circumcision by Christ. 11 In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ,
12 You were buried with him through baptism and raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. 12 having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
13 When you were dead because of the things you had done wrong and because your body wasn't circumcised, God made you alive with Christ and forgave all the things you had done wrong. 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,
14 He destroyed the record of the debt we owed, with its requirements that worked against us. He canceled it by nailing it to the cross. 14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.
15 When he disarmed the rulers and authorities, he exposed them to public disgrace by leading them in a triumphal parade. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
16 So don't let anyone judge you about eating or drinking or about a festival, a new moon observance, or sabbaths. 16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.
17 These religious practices are only a shadow of what was coming—the body that cast the shadow is Christ. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.
18 Don't let anyone who wants to practice harsh self-denial and worship angels rob you of the prize. They go into detail about what they have seen in visions and have become unjustifiably arrogant by their selfish way of thinking. 18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions.
19 They don't stay connected to the head. The head nourishes and supports the whole body through the joints and ligaments, so the body grows with a growth that is from God. 19 He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.
20 If you died with Christ to the way the world thinks and acts, why do you submit to rules and regulations as though you were living in the world? 20 Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules:
21 "Don't handle!""Don't taste!""Don't touch!" 21 "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"?
22 All these things cease to exist when they are used. Such rules are human commandments and teachings. 22 These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings.
23 They look like they are wise with this self-made religion and their self-denial by the harsh treatment of the body, but they are no help against indulging in selfish immoral behavior. 23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.