1902 Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR)
2:1 ¶ For I desire you to know, how great a contest I am havingin behalf of you, and of those in Laodicea, and as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
2:2 In order that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, even unto all the riches of the full assurance of their understanding, unto a personal knowledge of the sacred secret of God,Christ:
2:3 In whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden away.
2:4 ¶ This I say, in order that, no one, may be reasoning, you, aside with plausible discourse;
2:5 For, though, indeed, in the flesh, I am absent, yet, in the spirit, with you, I amrejoicing, and beholding your order and the solid firmness of your Christ-ward faith.
2:6 As, therefore, ye have accepted the Anointed Jesus as your Lord, in him, be walking,
2:7 Rooted, and being built up, in him, and making yourselves sure in your faith, even as ye have been taught,surpassing therein with thanksgiving.
2:8 Be taking heed, lest there shall be anyone leading, you, off as a spoil, through means of their philosophy, and an empty deceit,according to the instruction of men, according to the first principles of the world,and not according to Christ:
2:9 Because, in him, dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead, bodily,
2:10 And ye are, in him, filled full,Who, is the head of all principality and authority,
2:11 In whom, ye have also been circumcised with a circumcision not done by hand, in the despoiling of the body of flesh, in the circumcision of the Christ,
2:12 Having been buried together with him in your immersion, wherein also ye have been raised together, through your faith in the energising of GodWho raised him from among the dead.
2:13 ¶ And, as for youwho were, dead, by your offences and by the uncircumcision of your flesh, he hath brought you to life together with him,having in favour forgiven us all our offences,
2:14 Having blotted out the handwriting against us by the decrees, which was hostile to us,and hath taken away, the same, out of the midst, nailing it up to the cross:
2:15 Spoiling the principalities and the authorities, he made of them an open example, celebrating a triumph over them thereby.
2:16 ¶ Let no one, therefore, be judging, you,in eating and in drinking, or in respect of feast, or new moon, or sabbath,
2:17 Which are a shadow of the things to come, whereas, the body, is of the Christ.
2:18 Let, no one, against you, be arbitrating, however wishful,in respect of lowliness of mind, and of a religious observance of the messengers: upon what things he hath seen, taking his stand, in vain, puffed up by his carnal mind,
2:19 And not holding fast the head: from which, all the body, through means of its joints and uniting bands, receiving supply, and connecting itself together, groweth with the growth of God.
2:20 If ye have died, together with Christ, from the first principles of the world, why, as though alive in the world, are ye submitting to decrees,
2:21 Do not handle, nor taste, nor touch;
2:22 Which things are all for decay in the using up;according to the commandments and teachings of men?
2:23 The which things, indeed, though they have, an appearance, of wisdom, in self-devised religious observance, and lowliness of mind, [and] ill-treatment of body, are, in no honourable way, unto a satisfying of the flesh.