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

  • 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!
  • Mari
    Fe!icia, we are to worship only Christ Not angels. God is the only mediator. Its only between God

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