13 When you were dead in your sins(A) and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you[a] alive(B) with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,(C) 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness,(D) which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.(E) 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities,(F) he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them(G) by the cross.[b]

Freedom From Human Rules

16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you(H) by what you eat or drink,(I) or with regard to a religious festival,(J) a New Moon celebration(K) or a Sabbath day.(L) 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come;(M) the reality, however, is found in Christ.

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  1. Colossians 2:13 Some manuscripts us
  2. Colossians 2:15 Or them in him

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