28 “Be careful and listen to all these words which I am commanding you, so that (A)it may go well for you and your sons after you forever, for you will be doing what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.

29 “When (B)the Lord your God cuts off from you the nations which you are going in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and live in their land, 30 be careful that you are not ensnared [a]to follow them, after they are destroyed from your presence, and that you do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations serve their gods, that I also may do likewise?’ 31 (C)You shall not behave this way toward the Lord your God, because every abominable act which the Lord hates, they have done for their gods; for (D)they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire for their gods.

32 [b](E)Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; (F)you shall not add to nor take anything away from it.

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 12:30 Lit after them
  2. Deuteronomy 12:32 Lit Everything that

Then Moses said to Aaron, “It is what the Lord spoke, saying,

‘By those who (A)come near Me I [a](B)will be treated as holy,
And before all the people I will (C)be honored.’”

So Aaron, therefore, kept silent.

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Footnotes

  1. Leviticus 10:3 Or will show Myself holy

You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy about you, by saying:

(A)This people honors Me with their lips,
But their heart is far away from Me.

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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