Colossians 2 King James Version 2016

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  • 1 Because, I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and for those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh,
  • 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all the riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ,
  • 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
  • 4 Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words.
  • 5 Because, though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in the spirit, rejoicing to see your order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
  • 6 Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
  • 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
  • 8 Beware lest anyone rob you through philosophy and vain deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
  • 9 Because, in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;
  • 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
  • 11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,
  • 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through the faith of the working of God, who has raised Him from the dead.
  • 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
  • 14 having erased the written record of commands that were against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross.
  • 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
  • 16 Therefore let no man judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days,
  • 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ.
  • 18 Let no one rob you of your reward, delighting in false humility and worship of angels, meddling into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
  • 19 And not clinging to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, increases with the increase from God.
  • 20 Therefore, if you are dead with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to regulations,
  • 21 (“Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,”
  • 22 which all concern things which perish with the using) according to the commandments and doctrines of men?
  • 23 These things certainly have an appearance of wisdom in self imposed worship and humility, and neglecting of the body, but have no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

(King James Version 2016 Edition, 2016)

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