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19 You went up to its lofty height;
    you took captives, received slaves as tribute,(A)
    even rebels, for the Lord God to dwell.

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15 despoiling the principalities and the powers, he made a public spectacle of them,(A) leading them away in triumph by it.[a]

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  1. 2:15 The picture derives from the public spectacle and triumph of a Roman emperor’s victory parade, where captives marched in subjection. The principalities and the powers are here conquered, not reconciled (cf. Col 1:16, 20). An alternate rendering for by it (the cross) is “by him” (Christ).

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