Colossians

1611 King James Version (KJV)

Colossians 2:20

“Wherefore if yee bee dead with Christ frō the rudiments of the world: why, as though liuing in the world, are ye subiect to ordinances?”

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Other Translations

Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
- King James Version

If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

If ye died with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, do ye subject yourselves to ordinances,
- American Standard Version (1901)

If you were made free, by your death with Christ, from the rules of the world, why do you put yourselves under the authority of orders
- Basic English Bible

If ye have died with Christ from the elements of the world, why as [if] alive in [the] world do ye subject yourselves to ordinances?
- Darby Bible

Wherefore, if ye are dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
- Webster's Bible

If you have died with Christ and have escaped from the world's rudimentary notions, why, as though your life still belonged to the world, do you submit to such precepts as
- Weymouth Bible

If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordinances,
- World English Bible

For if ye ben deed with Crist fro the elementis of this world, what yit as men lyuynge to the world demen ye?
- Wycliffe Bible

If, then, ye did die with the Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Colossians 2:20


2:20 Therefore - The inference begun, #Col 2:16|; is continued. A new inference follows, #Col 3:1|. If ye are dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world - That is, If ye are dead with Christ, and so freed from them, why receive ye ordinances - Which Christ hath not enjoined, from which he hath made you free.


People's Bible Notes for Colossians 2:20


Col 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ. Ye died with Christ, died to the world, and to its rudiments, or fleshly ordinances. See notes on Col 2:8,12. As though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances. Why, then, as though belonging to the world, should you be subject to obsolete Jewish ordinances?

Discussion for Colossians 2

  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 2:6 he that saith he abideth in HIM ought himself also so to walk even as HE walked 2 JOHN 1:6 and this is love that we walk after HIS commandments this is the commandment that as you have heard from the beginning you should walk in it 3 JOHN 1:4 I HAVE NO GREATER JOY THAN TO HEAR THAT MY CHILDREN WALK IN TRUTH 1 THESSALONIANS 2:12 that you would walk worthy of GOD who hath called you unto HIS kingdom and glory
  • BSP
    Verse 8- we must be careful that we don’t chose human traditions over the truths found in the Bible.
  • Steve morrow
    SABBATH --- COLOSSIANS 2:16 let no man therefore judge you in meat or in drink or in respect of an holy day or of the new moon or of the sabbath days LUKE 4:31 and came down to Capernaum a city of galilee and taught them on the sabbath days ROMANS 15:4 for whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope
  • Steve morrow
    COLOSSIANS 2:8 --- BEWARE --- LEST ANY MAN SPOIL YOU THROUGH PHILOSOPHY AND VAIN DECEIT AFTER THE TRADITION OF MEN AFTER THE RUDIMENTS OF THE WORLD AND NOT AFTER CHRIST 1 THESSALONIANS 3:8 for now we live --- if you stand fast in THE LORD ---
  • A disciple
    BSP; An interesting point is how the Word which was from the beginning ever had to be kept a secret. Understanding the history as recorded in the Scriptures shows that it was the rise of the heathen and Antichrist, which conspired to break the bands asunder and cast away the cords of God with men, that turned the common faith and all the hope of man into something to be concealed from view.
  • BSP
    Verses 2,3~The sacred secret was to be revealed and Jesus is the focal point of the sacred secret.

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