Colossians 2:19
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English Standard Version
and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

King James Bible
And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

American Standard Version
and not holding fast the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and bands, increasing with the increase of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And not holding the head, from which the whole body, by joints and bands, being supplied with nourishment and compacted, groweth unto the increase of God.

English Revised Version
and not holding fast the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and bands, increaseth with the increase of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
And not holding the head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

Weymouth New Testament
Such a one does not keep his hold upon Christ, the Head, from whom the Body, in all its parts nourished and strengthened by its points of contact and its connections, grows with a divine growth.

Colossians 2:19 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Holding the head (κρατῶν τὴν κεφαλήν)

Holding by or fast, as commonly in the New Testament. Compare Sophocles: "If thou art to rule (ἄρξεις) this land, even as thou holdest it (κρατεῖς "Oedipus Tyrannus," 54). The head, Christ as contrasted with the angelic mediators.

From whom (ἐξ οὗ)

Fixing the personal reference of the head to Christ. Compare Ephesians 4:16.

By joints and bands (διὰ τῶν ἁφῶν καὶ συνδέσμων)

Joints (ἁφῶν) only here and Ephesians 4:16. The word means primarily touching, and is used in classical Greek of the touch upon harpstrings, or the grip of a wrestler. Not quite the same as joints in the sense of the parts in contact, but the relations between the adjacent parts. The actual connection is expressed by bands or ligaments.

Ministered (ἐπιχορηγουμένον)

See on add, 2 Peter 1:5. Rev., supplied.

Knit together

See on Colossians 2:2. "The discoveries of modern physiology have invested the apostle's language with far greater distinctness and force than it can have worn to his own contemporaries. Any exposition of the nervous system more especially reads like a commentary on the image of the relations between the body and the head. At every turn we meet with some fresh illustration which kindles it with a flood of light. The volition communicated from the brain to the limbs, the sensations of the extremities telegraphed back to the brain, the absolute mutual sympathy between the head and the members, the instantaneous paralysis ensuing, on the interruption of continuity, all these add to the completeness and life of the image" (Lightfoot).

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

not.

Colossians 2:6-9 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk you in him...

Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead...

Galatians 1:6-9 I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ to another gospel...

Galatians 5:2-4 Behold, I Paul say to you, that if you be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing...

1 Timothy 2:4-6 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth...

all.

Ephesians 4:15,16 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ...

by.

Job 19:9-12 He has stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head...

Psalm 139:15,16 My substance was not hid from you, when I was made in secret, and curiously worked in the lowest parts of the earth...

nourishment.

John 15:4-6 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you...

Romans 11:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them...

Ephesians 5:29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church:

knit.

Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of understanding...

John 17:21 That they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us...

Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul...

Romans 12:4,5 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office...

1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing...

1 Corinthians 10:16,17 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break...

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 For as the body is one, and has many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ...

Ephesians 4:3 Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent...

Philippians 2:2-5 Fulfill you my joy, that you be like minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind...

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be you all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brothers, be pitiful, be courteous:

increaseth.

Colossians 1:10 That you might walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

1 Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies...

1 Thessalonians 3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:

1 Thessalonians 4:10 And indeed you do it toward all the brothers which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brothers, that you increase more and more;

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brothers, as it is meet, because that your faith grows exceedingly...

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Cross References
1 Corinthians 11:3
But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.

1 Corinthians 12:27
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

Ephesians 1:22
And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,

Ephesians 1:23
which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Ephesians 2:21
in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.

Ephesians 4:16
from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Colossians 1:18
And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

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