For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen my face in the flesh, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of {the God, Christ},a 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and [[the]]b knowledge.
4 {I say this, so that no one}c may deceive you with persuasive words.
5 For even though I am absent in the flesh, yet in the spirit I am with you, rejoicing and observing your order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught [[in it]],d abounding in thanksgiving.
8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
9 For in him dwells all the fullness of deity bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body [[of the sins]]e of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ, 12 {Buried}f with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the activityg of God, who raised him from the dead;
13 And you, being dead [in]h your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, made you alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses. 14 By canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands, he set it aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed the rulers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in himself.
16 Therefore, let no one judge you in fold and in drink, or in part of a feast, or a new moon, or Sabbaths; 17 these are a shadow of the things to come, but the body belongs to [the]i Christ.
18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on humility and worship of angels, claiming to have seen visions [[he has not seen]],j puffed up without reason by their fleshly mind, 19 and not holding the head, from whom the whole body, through the joints and ligaments, being nourished and knit together, grows with the growth of God.
20 [[Therefore]]k If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations? 21 Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch, 22 all if which are destined for destruction with use, according to the commandments and teachings of men, 23 which indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and humility and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.