Colossians 2:15

And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And hauing spoyled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing ouer them in it.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

having despoiled the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Having made himself free from the rule of authorities and powers, he put them openly to shame, glorying over them in it.
- Basic English Bible

having spoiled principalities and authorities, he made a show of them publicly, leading them in triumph by it.
- Darby Bible

And having despoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
- Webster's Bible

And the hostile princes and rulers He shook off from Himself, and boldly displayed them as His conquests, when by the Cross He triumphed over them.
- Weymouth Bible

having stripped the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
- World English Bible

and he spuylide principatis and poweris, and ledde out tristili, opynli ouercomynge hem in hym silf.
- Wycliffe Bible

having stripped the principalities and the authorities, he made a shew of them openly -- having triumphed over them in it.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Colossians 2:15


2:15 And having spoiled the principalities and powers - The evil angels, of their usurped dominion. He - God the Father. Exposed them openly - Before all the hosts of hell and heaven. Triumphing over them in or by him - By Christ. Thus the paragraph begins with Christ, goes on with him, and ends with him.


People's Bible Notes for Colossians 2:15


Col 2:15 [And] having spoiled principalities and powers. "Having put off from himself the principalities and powers" (Revised Version). Christ overcame and disarmed the spirits of darkness, the evil angels. He triumphed over Satan and all his powers. He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Put them to an open shame by triumphing over them in his resurrection and ascension.

Discussion for Colossians 2

  • BSP
    Many today are substituting God's Word for philosophies and traditions of men as verse 8 shows.
  • Dave BLACKLEY
    Verse 16. I shall agree with Bruce in that Paul was not given authority to alter Gods word and in like manner Jesus himself clearly states that he does not either, have that power. We do not dispute The Jesus bore our sins, God Forbid and that his life was sacrificed so that we may be forgiven. However man does not know sin, had it not been for the laws and statutes of God spoken through Moses.
  • 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 THIS WORLD AND NOT AFTER CHRIST
  • Wayne
    V. 18, speaking of false religion. Common today. One such has angels on the top of their temples. Golden in color. Who aren't saved by grace, but feign righteousness and godliness in their appearances. Fake humility, fake spirituality, lost. Not holding the Head, who is Jesus Christ. Don't let them defraud, or steal, your life in Christ.
  • Irene123
    V. 18 is very simply saying we are not to worship angels, or light candles to graven images, nor pray to a woman statue, but to worship and pray to and give our praises to ONLY God - in Jesus' name. Those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (God is a spirit, not a graven image). Mary was 'just' and ONLY His mother; she followed Acts 2:38 with all the others in Acts ch. 2.
  • Wayne
    V.18- We are not to be persuaded or deceived by those who are not following Jesus but spreading another gospel , which is not another gospel. Therefore, if persuaded to leave the gospel of Christ, we lose our reward. Christ is the one who is truth and speaks the truth. He never pushes us away but draws us closer to Him. Trust in the Lord with all your heart!

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