Colossians 2:21

“(Touch not; taste not; handle not;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

(Touch not, taste not, handle not:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"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

  • Wayne
    Andrea, read v. 14. The old covenant was ordinances. We are free from the religious rituals of the past. Paul says was contrary to us. Nailed to His cross. We are free by His grace. Jesus says not that which goes into the mouth defiles the man but that which comes out. So we are not to be judged by eating, such as pork, or drinking.
  • Jeremiah 31;33
    2 corinthians 3.Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
  • Andrea
    Not sure if I understood vs 8 ' let no man judge you for what you eat and drink and the holy days.

    Each time I eat pork I felt guilty after.
    Should I feel better now that I read this scripture?
  • Rick Sparks
    I think there is a lot more to this chapter.I have read it several times,and I am going to keep reading it till the Holy Spirit gives me complete understanding.
  • BSP
    Verse 8 shows that we must be careful not to be fooled by philosophy or human wisdom.
  • Shirley fink
    The lord says ask and than thank him. The only way to obtain this behavior is to ask and than thank and praise him till you see it manifested in your life. We can do this because christ spirit lives in us and as we thank God he brings what we need for this to be done. God is faithful to the ones that are truly his

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