Colossians 2:20
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New International Version
Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules:

New Living Translation
You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as,

English Standard Version
If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations—

Berean Study Bible
If you have died with Christ to the spiritual forces of the world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its regulations:

Berean Literal Bible
If you have died with Christ, away from the principles of the world, why as if living in the world do you submit to decrees:

New American Standard Bible
If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as,

King James Bible
Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you died with the Messiah to the elemental forces of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations: "

International Standard Version
If you have died with the Messiah to the basic principles of the world, why are you submitting to its decrees as though you still lived in the world?

NET Bible
If you have died with Christ to the elemental spirits of the world, why do you submit to them as though you lived in the world?

New Heart English Bible
If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordinances,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if you have died with The Messiah to the principles of the world, why are you just as if you live in the world,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If you have died with Christ to the world's way of doing things, why do you let others tell you how to live? It's as though you were still under the world's influence.

New American Standard 1977
If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as,

Jubilee Bible 2000
For if ye are dead with the Christ to the elements of the world, why, as though living unto the world, do ye decree rites,

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore if you be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to ordinances,

American King James Version
Why if you be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to ordinances,

American Standard Version
If ye died with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, do ye subject yourselves to ordinances,

Douay-Rheims Bible
If then you be dead with Christ from the elements of this world, why do you yet decree as though living in the world?

Darby Bible Translation
If ye have died with Christ from the elements of the world, why as [if] alive in [the] world do ye subject yourselves to ordinances?

English Revised Version
If ye died with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, do ye subject yourselves to ordinances,

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore, if ye are dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

Weymouth New Testament
If you have died with Christ and have escaped from the world's rudimentary notions, why, as though your life still belonged to the world, do you submit to such precepts as

World English Bible
If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordinances,

Young's Literal Translation
If, then, ye did die with the Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
2:18-23 It looked like humility to apply to angels, as if men were conscious of their unworthiness to speak directly to God. But it is not warrantable; it is taking that honour which is due to Christ only, and giving it to a creature. There really was pride in this seeming humility. Those who worship angels, disclaim Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and man. It is an insult to Christ, who is the Head of the church, to use any intercessors but him. When men let go their hold of Christ, they catch at what will stand them in no stead. The body of Christ is a growing body. And true believers cannot live in the fashions of the world. True wisdom is, to keep close to the appointments of the gospel; in entire subjection to Christ, who is the only Head of his church. Self-imposed sufferings and fastings, might have a show of uncommon spirituality and willingness for suffering, but this was not in any honour to God. The whole tended, in a wrong manner, to satisfy the carnal mind, by gratifying self-will, self-wisdom, self-righteousness, and contempt of others. The things being such as carry not with them so much as the show of wisdom; or so faint a show that they do the soul no good, and provide not for the satisfying of the flesh. What the Lord has left indifferent, let us regard as such, and leave others to the like freedom; and remembering the passing nature of earthly things, let us seek to glorify God in the use of them.
Study Bible
Alive in Christ
19and he loses connection to the head, from whom the whole body, supported and knit together by its joints and ligaments, grows as God causes it to grow. 20If you have died with Christ to the spiritual forces of the world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its regulations: 21“Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!”?…
Cross References
Romans 6:2
By no means! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer?

Romans 6:11
So you too must count yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 4:3
So also, when we were children, we were enslaved under the basic principles of the world.

Galatians 4:9
But now that you know God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you are turning back to those weak and worthless principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?

Galatians 6:14
But as for me, may I never boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Ephesians 2:15
by abolishing in His flesh the law of commandments and decrees. He did this to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace

Colossians 2:8
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, which are based on human tradition and the spiritual forces of the world rather than on Christ.

Colossians 2:14
having canceled the debt ascribed to us in the decrees that stood against us. He took it away, nailing it to the cross!

Colossians 2:16
Therefore let no one judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a festival, a New Moon, or a Sabbath.

Colossians 2:21
"Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!"?
Treasury of Scripture

Why if you be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to ordinances,

if.

Colossians 3:3 For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Romans 6:2-11 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein…

Romans 7:4-6 Why, my brothers, you also are become dead to the law by the body …

Galatians 2:19,20 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live to God…

Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord …

1 Peter 4:1-3 For as much then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm …

from. See on ver.

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, …

Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments …

rudiments. or, elements. living.

John 15:19 If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because …

John 17:14-16 I have given them your word; and the world has hated them, because …

2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

James 4:4 You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship …

1 John 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.

subject. See on ver.

Colossians 2:14,16 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, …

Galatians 4:3,9-12 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements …

Hebrews 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is …

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