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Colossians 2 LEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on behalf of you, and those in Laodicea, and all those who have not seen my face {in person}, 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 so that their hearts may be encouraged, united in love and into all the wealth of the full assurance of insight into the knowledge of the mystery of God, 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 in whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden. 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 I say this in order that no one will deceive you with persuasive speech, 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.
5 for even if I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing and seeing your good order and the steadfastness 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 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, live in him, 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him,
7 firmly rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding with thankfulness. 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
8 Beware lest {anyone take you captive} through philosophy and empty deceit, according to {human tradition}, according to the elemental spirits of the world and not according to 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 because in him all the fullness of deity dwells bodily, 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,
10 and you are filled in him, who is the head over every ruler and authority, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.
11 in whom also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made by hands, by the removal of the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of 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 having been buried with him in baptism, in which also you were raised together with [him] through faith in the working 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 And {although you were dead} in the trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he made you alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 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 having destroyed the certificate of indebtedness in ordinances against us, which was hostile to us, and removed it out of the way [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] had disarmed the rulers and the authorities, he made a display of [them] in public, triumphing over them by it. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you with reference to eating or drinking or participation in a feast or a new moon or a Sabbath, 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 which are a shadow of what is to come, but the reality [is] Christ. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.
18 Let no one condemn you, taking pleasure in humility and the worship of angels, going into detail [about] [the things] which he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, 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 and not holding fast to the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by the ligaments and sinews, grows with the growth of 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 have died with Christ to the elemental spirits of the world, why do you submit [to them] as [if] 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 "Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch," 21 "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"?
22 which [things] are all [meant] for destruction by consuming according to human commandments and teachings, 22 These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings.
23 which [things] {although they have}, to be sure, an appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and humility and unsparing treatment of the body, {do not have any value} against the indulgence of the flesh. 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.