Parallel Bible results for Colossians 2:15-23

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Colossians 2:15-23

MSG 15 He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets. NIV 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. MSG 16 So don't put up with anyone pressuring you in details of diet, worship services, or holy days. NIV 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. MSG 17 All those things are mere shadows cast before what was to come; the substance is Christ. NIV 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. MSG 18 Don't tolerate people who try to run your life, ordering you to bow and scrape, insisting that you join their obsession with angels and that you seek out visions. They're a lot of hot air, that's all they are. NIV 18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. MSG 19 They're completely out of touch with the source of life, Christ, who puts us together in one piece, whose very breath and blood flow through us. He is the Head and we are the body. We can grow up healthy in God only as he nourishes us. NIV 19 They have 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. MSG 20 So, then, if with Christ you've put all that pretentious and infantile religion behind you, why do you let yourselves be bullied by it? NIV 20 Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: MSG 21 "Don't touch this! Don't taste that! Don't go near this!" NIV 21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? MSG 22 Do you think things that are here today and gone tomorrow are worth that kind of attention? NIV 22 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. MSG 23 Such things sound impressive if said in a deep enough voice. They even give the illusion of being pious and humble and ascetic. But they're just another way of showing off, making yourselves look important. NIV 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.

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