1611 King James Version (KJV)

Colossians 2:21

“(Touch not, taste not, handle not:”

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Other Translations

(Touch not; taste not; handle not;
- King James Version

"Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Handle not, nor taste, nor touch
- American Standard Version (1901)

Which say there may be no touching, tasting, or taking in your hands,
- Basic English Bible

Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch,
- Darby Bible

(Touch not; taste not; handle not;
- Webster's Bible

Do not handle this; "Do not taste that;" "Do not touch that other thing" --
- Weymouth Bible

Don't handle, nor taste, nor touch
- World English Bible

That ye touche not, nether taaste,
- Wycliffe Bible

-- thou mayest not touch, nor taste, nor handle --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Colossians 2:21

2:21 Touch not - An unclean thing. Taste not - Any forbidden meat. Handle not - Any consecrated vessel.

People's Bible Notes for Colossians 2:21

Col 2:21 Touch not; taste not; handle not. Why are you subject to prohibitions of food and drink which command you to "touch not"? etc.

Discussion for Colossians 2

  • Maudlyn James
    I see Paul admitting that there was a struggle to adequately serve different groups of believers as they expected. Consequently, he encourages understanding what is right to do is important in the service of God. I view being buried with Christ in baptism to be symbolic of an end to our attempting to suffer doing righteous works to gain salvation. Christ completed what we could not do to gain life
  • Do this relate to verbally abusive husband in the body of Christ
  • Emmanuel for verse 11
    In the old testament circumcision was key in defying an Israelites BUT today baptism is key n defining a Christian. Therefore l still think Baptism took the place of circumcision ... If read with Vs 10 12.
  • One has to look at the entire chapter of Colossians 2 and what it is saying to the Spiritual person, having been completed in him and dwelling all the fullness of the Godhead bodily in putting off the body of sin of the flesh by circumcision of Christ, being buried with him in baptism, risen with him thru faith, having being forgiven of all trespasses, blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary against us, nailing it to the cross, he triumphed over them in it, then he said let no man judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath, which is a shadow of things to come, just as Christ healed on the Sabbath, and did things contrary to the Pharisees understanding Paul is saying we too must operate not in the flesh but in the spirit putting away the ordinances and moving on.
  • Adam
    Water Baptism is the washing away the sin's after you have been Born Again!!!!!!
  • wow, it is obvious that too many people take God, our Creator and holy Father's Truth out of context! yes He definitely freed us of the guilt from the great Accuser. being born into sin is clearly a statement that shows who's side we are on early on in our immaturity. Jesus took away our marriage to Satan and set us free so that we are subjected unto the Father in heaven just as He is. that is not a burden but a blessing to follow after the greatest, most perfect being of all time and a promise that we are able to take after our holy Father! after all, the 10 commandments are the perfect character of God! who would ever wish to delete them aside from God's enemy, the great Accuser, Satan himself?

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