Colossians 2:20
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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—

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,

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?

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

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Vincent's Word Studies

Ye be dead (ἀπεθάνετε)

Rev., more correctly, ye died; the aorist tense indicating a definite event. Paul uses the word died in many different relations, expressing that with which death dissolves the connection. Thus, died unto sin, unto self, unto the law, unto the world.

Rudiments of the world

Elementary teachings and practices the peculiar sphere of which is the world. World (κόσμου) has its ethical sense, the sum-total of human life in the ordered world, considered apart from, alienated from, and hostile to God, and of the earthly things which seduce from God. See on John 1:9.

Are ye subject to ordinances (δογματίζεσθε)

Only here in the New Testament. Rev., subject yourselves. Better passive, as emphasizing spiritual bondage. Why do ye submit to be dictated to? See on 1 Corinthians 1:22, where the imperious attitude of the Jews appears in their demanding credentials of the Gospel as sole possessors of the truth. The ordinances include both those of the law and of philosophy.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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 of Christ; that you should be married to another...

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 Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified to me...

1 Peter 4:1-3 For as much then as Christ has suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind...

from. See on ver.

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world...

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

rudiments. or, elements. living.

John 15:19 If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world...

John 17:14-16 I have given them your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world...

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 of the world is enmity with God?...

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, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way...

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

Hebrews 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats...

Cross References
Romans 6:2
By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?

Romans 6:11
So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 4:3
In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world.

Galatians 4:9
But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?

Galatians 6:14
But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Ephesians 2:15
by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,

Colossians 2:8
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

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