1 For I would have you know how great a conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my :face in the flesh; 2 that their :hearts be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the fullness of the understanding, unto full knowledge of the mystery †of :God, Christ, 3 in whom are all the treasures of :wisdom and knowledge hidden. 4 This I say that no one delude you with persuasive speech. 5 For even if I am absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and looking at your :order, and the steadfastness of your :faith unto Christ.
6 As therefore ye received the Christ, Jesus the Lord, walk in him, 7 rooted and builded up in him, and established in the faith, even as ye were taught, abounding therein in thanksgiving. 8 Look out, lest any shall be that maketh spoil of you through the philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of :men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ: 9 for in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, 10 and in him ye are made full, who is the head of all principality and power: 11 in whom ye were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the flesh, in the circumcision of the Christ; 12 having been buried with him in :baptism, wherein ye were also raised with him through the faith of the working of :God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead by the trespasses and the uncircumcision of your :flesh, you did he make alive together with him, having forgiven us all :trespasses; 14 having blotted out the handwriting against us, in :ordinances, which was contrary to us: and he hath taken it out of the midst, nailing it to the cross; 15 having despoiled the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 16 Let no one therefore judge you in meat, and in drink, or in respect of a feast day or new moon or sabbaths: 17 which are a shadow of the things to come: but the body is the Christ’s. 18 Let no one rob you of a prize by †voluntary humility and worship of the angels, †dwelling in what things he hath seen, vainly puffed up by the mind of his :flesh 19 and not holding to the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and bands, increaseth with the increase of :God.
20 If ye died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do ye submit to ordinances, 21 Handle not, nor taste, nor touch 22 (all which are to perish with the using), after the precepts and teachings of :men? 23 Which things are such as have indeed a †show of wisdom in will-worship, and humility, and severity to the body; but of no value against indulgence of the flesh.