Modern Literal Version
2:1 For* I wish youĎ to know how-vast a struggle I have concerning youĎ and those in Laodicea and as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; 2:2 in order that their hearts might be encouraged, having been knitted together in love* and in all the riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the full knowledge of the mystery of God and Father and of the Christ, 2:3 in whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.
2:4 But I am saying all of this, in order that not anyone may delude youĎ in persuasive speech.2:5 For* even if I am absent in the flesh, but yet I am together with youĎ in the spirit, rejoicing and seeing yourĎ order and the firmness of yourĎ faith in Christ.
2:6 Therefore, as youĎ received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walkĎ in him, 2:7 having been rooted and being built up in him and being confirmed in the faith, just-as youĎ were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
2:8 BewareĎ, that there will not be anyone there who is leading youĎ away as his prey through philosophy and vain deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the fundamental principles of the world, and not according to Christ, 2:9 because all the fullness of the Deity is dwelling in him bodily. 2:10 And youĎ are fulfilled in him, who is the head of all principality and authority; 2:11 in whom youĎ were also circumcised with a circumcision not made* with hands, in the stripping off of the body of the sins of the flesh, in the circumcision of the Christ, 2:12 having been buried together with him in the immersion*, in which youĎ were also raised up together with him through the faith from the working of God, who raised him up from the dead. 2:13 And youĎ, being dead in yourĎ trespasses and the uncircumcision of yourĎ flesh, he made*youĎ alive together with him, having forgiven* us all our trespasses; 2:14 having wiped-away the handwriting in the decrees that were against us, which were an adversary to us. He has also taken these out of the midst of us, having nailed it to the cross, 2:15 having stripped off the principalities and the authorities, he publicly made a show of them, triumphing over them in it.
2:16 Therefore do not let anyone judge youĎ in food, or in drink, or in this respect of a feastday, or a new month, or a Sabbaths; 2:17 which are a shadow of the future things, but the body is Christ's. 2:18 Let no one arbitrate against youĎ, willing it so in yourĎ humility and in a religion of the messengers; stepping youĎ further into the things which he has not seen, being vainly arrogant by his fleshly mind, 2:19 and not holding-fast to the head, from whom all the body isbeing supplied and knitted together through the joints and ligaments, which is growing with the growth of God.
2:20 If youĎ died together with Christ away from the fundamental principles of the world, why, (as though living in the world), are youĎ submissive to its decrees: 2:21 do not touch; do not taste; do not handle; 2:22 (which things in the using are all leading to corruption), according to the commandments and teachings of men? 2:23 Which things indeed in a man-made religion have a reason which comes from man's wisdom and humility and unsparing cruelty of the body, but arenot in any value toward the indulgence of the flesh.
Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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