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Colossians 2:12-21 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

12 when you were buried with him in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God[a] made you[b] alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, 14 erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed[c] the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it.

16 Therefore do not let anyone condemn you in matters of food and drink or of observing festivals, new moons, or sabbaths. 17 These are only a shadow of what is to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Do not let anyone disqualify you, insisting on self-abasement and worship of angels, dwelling[d] on visions,[e] puffed up without cause by a human way of thinking,[f] 19 and not holding fast to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows with a growth that is from God.

Warnings against False Teachers

20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the universe,[g] why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations, 21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch”?


  1. Colossians 2:13 Gk he
  2. Colossians 2:13 Other ancient authorities read made us; others, made
  3. Colossians 2:15 Or divested himself of
  4. Colossians 2:18 Other ancient authorities read not dwelling
  5. Colossians 2:18 Meaning of Gk uncertain
  6. Colossians 2:18 Gk by the mind of his flesh
  7. Colossians 2:20 Or the rudiments of the world
New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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