Colossians 2:22
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New International Version
These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings.

New Living Translation
Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them.

English Standard Version
(referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings?

Berean Study Bible
These will all perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings.

Berean Literal Bible
which are all unto decay with the use, according to the precepts and teachings of men,

New American Standard Bible
(which all refer to things destined to perish with use)-- in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men?

King James Bible
Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
All these regulations refer to what is destroyed by being used up; they are commands and doctrines of men.

International Standard Version
All of these things will be destroyed as they are used, because they are based on human commands and teachings.

NET Bible
These are all destined to perish with use, founded as they are on human commands and teachings.

New Heart English Bible
(all of which perish with use), according to the precepts and teachings of men?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Which are the things that need to be destroyed, and are the commandments and the teachings of the sons of men?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All of these things deal with objects that are only used up anyway.

New American Standard 1977
(which all refer to things destined to perish with the using)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Which all perish with the using, because they are the commandments and doctrines of men,

King James 2000 Bible
Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

American King James Version
Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

American Standard Version
(all which things are to perish with the using), after the precepts and doctrines of men?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Which all are unto destruction by the very use, according to the precepts and doctrines of men.

Darby Bible Translation
(things which are all for destruction in the using [of them]:) according to the injunctions and teachings of men,

English Revised Version
(all which things are to perish with the using), after the precepts and doctrines of men?

Webster's Bible Translation
Which all are to perish with the using;) according to the commandments and doctrines of men?

Weymouth New Testament
referring to things which are all intended to be used up and perish--in obedience to mere human injunctions and teachings?

World English Bible
(all of which perish with use), according to the precepts and doctrines of men?

Young's Literal Translation
which are all for destruction with the using, after the commands and teachings of men,
Study Bible
Alive in Christ
21“Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!”? 22These will all perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. 23Such restrictions indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-prescribed worship, their false humility, and their harsh treatment of the body; but they are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.…
Cross References
Isaiah 29:13
Then the Lord said, "Because this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,

Matthew 15:9
They worship Me in vain; they teach as doctrine the precepts of men.'"

1 Corinthians 6:13
"Food for the stomach and the stomach for food," but God will destroy them both. The body is not intended for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

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

Titus 1:14
and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the commands of men who have rejected the truth.

2 Peter 2:12
These men are like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be captured and destroyed. They blaspheme in matters they do not understand, and like such creatures, they too will be destroyed.
Treasury of Scripture

Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

to.

Mark 7:18,19 And he said to them, Are you so without understanding also? Do you …

John 6:27 Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures …

1 Corinthians 6:13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy …

after.

Isaiah 29:13,18 Why the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their …

Daniel 11:37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of …

Matthew 15:3-9 But he answered and said to them, Why do you also transgress the …

Mark 7:7-13 However, in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments …

Titus 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn …

Revelation 17:18 And the woman which you saw is that great city, which reigns over …

(22) Which all are to perish with the using.--It has been doubted whether these words (which are literally, all which things go to corruption, or destruction, in the using) are the continuation of the ascetic ordinance, or the comment of the Apostle. But the last word--which signifies, not only "using," but "using up"--seems to decide for the latter alternative. The things are things which go to destruction and are used up. What permanent effect can they leave behind? See 1Corinthians 8:8 (whether the words of St. Paul, or the words of the Corinthians, accepted as true by him), "Meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse." It is but an echo of our Lord's own teaching as to that which goeth into the mouth (Matthew 15:16-17; Mark 13:18-19).

After the commandments . . .--See Colossians 2:8, and Note there. There seems to be an allusion to Isaiah 29:13, quoted by our Lord (Matthew 15:7-8; Mark 7:6-7) in relation to these ceremonial observances.

Verse 22 a is the apostle's comment on these rules, in the form of a continuation of their terms. Do not touch - things which are an intended to perish (literally, for corruption) in their consumption (Matthew 15:17; Mark 7:19; 1 Corinthians 6:13; 1 Corinthians 8:8; 1 Timothy 4:3-5), which, being destroyed as they are used, therefore do not enter into the soul's life, and are of themselves morally indifferent; so the Greek Fathers, and most modern interpreters. This is the position which Christ himself takes in regard to Jewish distinctions of meats (Mark 7:14-23, R.V.). We note the same style of sarcastic comment on the language of the false teachers as that exhibited in ver. 18. Augustine, Calvin, and some ethers render, "which (decrees) tend to (spiritual) destruction in their use;" but ἀποχρῆσις never means simply "use," and the antecedent "decrees" is awkwardly supplied. More plausibly, De Wette and some moderns interpret, "things which tend to (spiritual) destruction in their abuse," putting the words in the mouth of the false teacher, as though he said, "Abstain from everything the use of which may be fatal to the soul." But this ascribes to the errorist an argument which fails short of his principles (see note on "hard treatment of the body," ver. 23); and to which, specious as it is, and in harmony with the apostle's own teaching (1 Corinthians 6:12; 1 Corinthians 9:26, 27), he makes no reply. According to the commandments and teachings of men (Isaiah 29:13, LXX; Matthew 15:9; Mark 7:7; ver. 8; 1 Corinthians 1:20; 1 Corinthians 2:5, 13); the only passage in this Epistle which distinctly alludes to the language of the Old Testament. But the words are, we may suppose, primarily a reminiscence of the language of Christ, who uses them in connection with his announcement of the abolition of the sacred distinctions of meats (comp. Mark 7:1-23). This clause points out the method after which, and direction in which, the new teachers were leading their disciples, on the line of a man-made instead of a God given religion. "Commandments" (or, "injunctions") include the prescriptions of ver. 21 and all others like them; "teachings" embrace the general principles and doctrines on which these rules were based. So this expression, following "rudiments of the world (ver. 20), leads us back by a rapid generalization from the particulars specified in ver. 21 to the general starting point given in ver. 8 (see note), and prepares us for the brief and energetic summary of the whole Colossian error which we find in - Which all are to perish with the using,.... Meaning either the ordinances concerning touching, tasting, and handling, which bring destruction and death on them that use them, and comply with them, in order to obtain righteousness and life; for instead of enjoying salvation through them, they were the cause of damnation to them. Or rather the meats not to be touched, tasted, or handled; these are in their own nature perishing things, and perish by being used; they are only of service to the body, and can be of none to the soul; the using of them cannot defile the man, nor an abstinence from them sanctify him, or commend him to God; they only relate to this present life, and will cease with it, and can have no manner of influence on the spiritual and eternal concerns of men: and besides, the ordinances concerning them are not of God, but are

after the commandments and doctrines of men; for so even the ceremonial law, being now abolished, though originally of God, yet the imposition of it, as necessary to salvation, was a commandment and doctrine of man's; and particularly the traditions of the elders, and the various rules and decrees, which the doctors among the Jews obliged men to regard, were human inventions and devices: and this is another reason the apostle makes use of to dissuade from any regard unto them; for whatever is of man, and not of God, in religious worship, ought to be rejected. 22. Which—things, namely, the three things handled, touched, and tasted.

are to perish—literally, "are constituted (by their very nature) for perishing (or 'destruction by corruption') in (or 'with') their using up (consumption)." Therefore they cannot really and lastingly defile a man (Mt 15:17; 1Co 6:13).

after—according to. Referring to Col 2:20, 21. All these "ordinances" are according to human, not divine, injunction.

doctrines—Greek, teachings." Alford translates, "(doctrinal) systems."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.
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