(A)See to it that no one takes you captive through (B)philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the (C)elementary principles of the world, [a]rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the (D)fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been (E)made [b]complete, and (F)He is the head [c]over all (G)rule and authority; 11 and in Him (H)you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of (I)the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been (J)buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also (K)raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who (L)raised Him from the dead. 13 When you were (M)dead [d]in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He (N)made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out (O)the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and (P)He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had [e](Q)disarmed the (R)rulers and authorities, He (S)made a public display of them, having (T)triumphed over them through [f]Him.

16 Therefore no one is to [g](U)act as your judge in regard to (V)food or (W)drink or in respect to a (X)festival or a (Y)new moon or a (Z)Sabbath [h]day— 17 things which are (AA)a mere shadow of what is to come; but the [i]substance [j]belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one keep [k](AB)defrauding you of your prize by (AC)delighting in [l]self-abasement and the worship of the angels, [m]taking his stand on visions he has seen, [n](AD)inflated without cause by his (AE)fleshly mind, 19 and not holding fast to (AF)the head, from whom (AG)the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and [o]ligaments, grows with a growth [p]which is from God.

20 (AH)If you have died with Christ [q]to the (AI)elementary principles of the world, (AJ)why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to (AK)decrees, such as, 21 “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” 22 (which all refer (AL)to things destined to perish [r]with use)—in accordance with the (AM)commandments and teachings of men? 23 These are matters which have, to be sure, the [s]appearance of wisdom in [t](AN)self-made religion and self-abasement and (AO)severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against (AP)fleshly indulgence.

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  1. Colossians 2:8 Lit and not
  2. Colossians 2:10 Lit full
  3. Colossians 2:10 Lit of
  4. Colossians 2:13 Or by reason of
  5. Colossians 2:15 Or divested Himself of
  6. Colossians 2:15 Or it; i.e. the cross
  7. Colossians 2:16 Lit judge you
  8. Colossians 2:16 Or days
  9. Colossians 2:17 Lit body
  10. Colossians 2:17 Lit of Christ
  11. Colossians 2:18 Or deciding against you
  12. Colossians 2:18 Or humility
  13. Colossians 2:18 Or going into detail about
  14. Colossians 2:18 Or conceited
  15. Colossians 2:19 Lit bonds
  16. Colossians 2:19 Lit of God
  17. Colossians 2:20 Lit from
  18. Colossians 2:22 Or by being consumed
  19. Colossians 2:23 Lit report; Gr logos
  20. Colossians 2:23 Or would-be religion