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Version: King James Edition - English
- 1Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
- 2For 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;
- 3That 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;
- 4In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
- 5And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
- 6For 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.
- 7As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
- 8Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
- 9Beware 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.
- 10For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
- 11And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
- 12In 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:
- 13Buried 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.
- 14And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
- 15Blotting 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;
- 16And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
- 17Let 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:
- 18Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
- 19Let 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,
- 20And 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.
- 21Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
- 22(Touch not; taste not; handle not;
- 23Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?