King James VersionColossians2


1 For I would that ye knew what great con­flict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; 2 That their hearts might be com­fort­ed, be­ing knit to­geth­er in love, and unto all rich­es of the full as­sur­ance of un­der­stand­ing, to the ac­knowl­edge­ment of the mys­tery of God, and of the Fa­ther, and of Christ; 3 In whom are hid all the trea­sures of wis­dom and knowl­edge. 4 And this I say, lest any man should be­guile you with en­tic­ing words. 5 For though I be ab­sent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spir­it, joy­ing and be­hold­ing your or­der, and the sted­fast­ness of your faith in Christ. 6 As ye have there­fore re­ceived Christ Je­sus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Root­ed and built up in him, and sta­b­lished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abound­ing there­in with thanks­giv­ing. 8 Be­ware lest any man spoil you through phi­los­o­phy and vain de­ceit, af­ter the tra­di­tion of men, af­ter the rudi­ments of the world, and not af­ter Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the ful­ness of the God­head bod­i­ly. 10 And ye are com­plete in him, which is the head of all prin­ci­pal­i­ty and pow­er: 11 In whom also ye are cir­cum­cised with the cir­cum­ci­sion made with­out hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the cir­cum­ci­sion of Christ: 12 Buried with him in bap­tism, where­in also ye are risen with him through the faith of the op­er­a­tion of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, be­ing dead in your sins and the un­cir­cum­ci­sion of your flesh, hath he quick­ened to­geth­er with him, hav­ing for­giv­en you all tres­pass­es; 14 Blot­ting out the hand­writ­ing of or­di­nances that was against us, which was con­trary to us, and took it out of the way, nail­ing it to his cross; 15 And hav­ing spoiled prin­ci­pal­i­ties and pow­ers, he made a shew of them open­ly, tri­umph­ing over them in it. 16 Let no man there­fore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in re­spect of an 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 man be­guile you of your re­ward in a vol­un­tary hu­mil­i­ty and wor­ship­ping of an­gels, in­trud­ing into those things which he hath not seen, vain­ly puffed up by his flesh­ly mind, 19 And not hold­ing the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands hav­ing nour­ish­ment min­is­tered, and knit to­geth­er, in­creaseth with the in­crease of God. 20 Where­fore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudi­ments of the world, why, as though liv­ing in the world, are ye sub­ject to or­di­nances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; han­dle not; 22 Which all are to per­ish with the us­ing; ) af­ter the com­mand­ments and doc­trines of men? 23 Which things have in­deed a shew of wis­dom in will wor­ship, and hu­mil­i­ty, and ne­glect­ing of the body; not in any hon­our to the sat­is­fy­ing of the flesh.