(A)I say this so that no one will deceive you with (B)persuasive arguments. For even though I am (C)absent in body, I am nevertheless with you in spirit, rejoicing [a]to see [b]your (D)orderly manner and the (E)stability of your faith in Christ.

Therefore, as you have received (F)Christ Jesus the Lord, so [c](G)walk in Him, having been firmly (H)rooted and now being (I)built up in Him and (J)established [d]in [e]your faith, just as you (K)were instructed, and overflowing [f]with gratitude.

(L)See to it that there is no one who takes you captive through (M)philosophy and empty deception in accordance with human tradition, in accordance with the (N)elementary principles of the world, [g]rather than in accordance with Christ.

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Footnotes

  1. Colossians 2:5 Lit and seeing
  2. Colossians 2:5 Or your good order
  3. Colossians 2:6 Or lead your life
  4. Colossians 2:7 Or by
  5. Colossians 2:7 Or the faith
  6. Colossians 2:7 One early ms in it with
  7. Colossians 2:8 Lit and not

12 For though [a]by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you (A)the [b](B)elementary principles of the (C)actual words of God, and you have come to need (D)milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unacquainted with the word of righteousness, for he is an (E)infant. 14 But solid food is for (F)the mature, who because of practice have their senses (G)trained to (H)distinguish between good and evil.

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Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 5:12 Lit because of the time
  2. Hebrews 5:12 Lit elements of the beginning

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