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Colossians 2:20-23 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the universe, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations, 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 (referring to things which all perish as they are used), according to human precepts and doctrines? 22 These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings.
23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting rigor of devotion and self-abasement and severity to the body, but they are of no value in checking 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.