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Christian Standard Bible

Colossians 2:11–22

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11 You were also circumcised in him with a circumcision not done with hands, by putting off the body of flesh,u in the circumcision of Christ,v 12 when you were buried with himw in baptism, in which you were also raised with himx through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.y 13 And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he made you alive with him and forgave us all our trespasses. 14 He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it away by nailing it to the cross.z 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; he triumphed over them in him.C,aa

16 Therefore, don’t let anyone judgeab you in regard to food and drinkac or in the matter of a festival or a new moonad or a Sabbath day.D 17 These are a shadowae of what was to come;af the substance isE Christ.ag 18 Let no one condemnF youah by delighting in ascetic practicesai and the worship of angels, claiming access to a visionary realm. Such people are inflatedaj by empty notions of their unspiritualG mind. 19 He doesn’t hold on to the head, from whom the whole body,ak nourished and held together by its ligaments and tendons, grows with growth from God.

20 If you died with Christal to the elements of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations: 21 “Don’t handle, don’t taste, don’t touch”? 22 All these regulations refer to what is destined to perish by being used up; they are human commands and doctrines.

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