1 For I want you to know what a great struggle I have for you and those in Laodicea,
and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh,
2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all
riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the full true knowledge of the mystery of
God, both of the Father and of Christ,
3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 Now this I say that no one should delude you with persuasive words.
5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your
good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
7 being rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught,
abounding in it with thanksgiving.
8 Beware that no one rob you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;
10 and you are made full in Him, who is the Head of all rule and authority.
11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by
putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,
12 buried with Him in immersion, in which you also were raised with Him through the
faith of the working of God, who raised Him out from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has
made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
14 having blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross;
15 having disarmed rulers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or
17 which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
18 Let no one condemn you, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels,
intruding into those things which he has not seen, being puffed up without cause by his
19 and not holding fast to the Head; from whom all the body, nourished and knit
together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.
20 Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as
though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to decrees;
21 Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle;
22 which all concern things which perish with the using; according to the
commandments and doctrines of men?
23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-devised worship, false
humility, and severity in abuse of the body, but are of no value against gratification of the