13 And [a]when you were (A)dead [b]in your wrongdoings and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He (B)made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our wrongdoings, 14 having canceled (C)the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and (D)He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had [c](E)disarmed the (F)rulers and authorities, He (G)made a public display of them, having (H)triumphed over them through [d]Him.

16 Therefore, no one is to [e](I)act as your judge in regard to (J)food and (K)drink, or in respect to a (L)festival or a (M)new moon, or a (N)Sabbath [f]day— 17 things which are only a (O)shadow of what is to come; but the [g]substance [h]belongs to Christ. 18 Take care that no one keeps [i](P)defrauding you of your prize by (Q)delighting in humility and the worship of the angels, [j]taking his stand on visions he has seen, [k](R)inflated without cause by his (S)fleshly mind, 19 and not holding firmly to (T)the head, from whom (U)the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and [l]ligaments, grows with a growth [m]which is from God.

20 (V)If you have died with Christ [n]to the (W)elementary principles of the world, (X)why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to (Y)decrees, such as, 21 “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” 22 (which all refer (Z)to things destined to perish [o]with use)—in accordance with the (AA)commandments and teachings of man? 23 These are matters which do have the [p]appearance of wisdom in [q](AB)self-made religion and humility and (AC)severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against (AD)fleshly indulgence.

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  1. Colossians 2:13 Or although
  2. Colossians 2:13 Or by reason of
  3. Colossians 2:15 Or divested Himself of
  4. Colossians 2:15 Or it; i.e., the cross
  5. Colossians 2:16 Lit judge you
  6. Colossians 2:16 Or days
  7. Colossians 2:17 Lit body
  8. Colossians 2:17 Lit of Christ
  9. Colossians 2:18 Or deciding against you
  10. Colossians 2:18 Or going into detail about
  11. Colossians 2:18 Or conceited
  12. Colossians 2:19 Lit bonds
  13. Colossians 2:19 Lit of God
  14. Colossians 2:20 Lit from
  15. Colossians 2:22 Or by being consumed
  16. Colossians 2:23 Lit report; Gr logos
  17. Colossians 2:23 Or would-be religion