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

20 (N)If you have died with Christ [j]to the (O)elementary principles of the world, (P)why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to (Q)decrees, such as, 21 “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” 22 (which all refer (R)to things destined to perish [k]with use)—in accordance with the (S)commandments and teachings of man? 23 These are matters which do have the [l]appearance of wisdom in [m](T)self-made religion and humility and (U)severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against (V)fleshly indulgence.

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Footnotes

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