1 2 3 4
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 steadfastness 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
established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with
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 fullness 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
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.
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