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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Beware lest any man spoile you through Philosophie and vaine deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Take heed lest there shall be any one that maketh spoil of you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Take care that no one takes you away by force, through man's wisdom and deceit, going after the beliefs of men and the theories of the world, and not after Christ:
- Basic English Bible

See that there be no one who shall lead *you* away as a prey through philosophy and vain deceit, according to the teaching of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ.
- Darby Bible

Beware lest any man make a prey of you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
- Webster's Bible

Take care lest there be some one who leads you away as prisoners by means of his philosophy and idle fancies, following human traditions and the world's crude notions instead of following Christ.
- Weymouth Bible

Be careful that you don't let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ.
- World English Bible

Se ye that no man disseyue you bi filosofie and veyn fallace, aftir the tradicioun of men, aftir the elementis of the world, and not aftir Crist.
- Wycliffe Bible

See that no one shall be carrying you away as spoil through the philosophy and vain deceit, according to the deliverance of men, according to the rudiments of the world, and not according to Christ,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Colossians 2:8


2:8 Through philosophy and empty deceit - That is, through the empty deceit of philosophy blended with Christianity. This the apostle condemns, Because it was empty and deceitful, promising happiness, but giving none. Because it was grounded, not on solid reason, but the traditions of men, Zeno, Epicurus, and the rest. And, Because it was so shallow and superficial, not advancing beyond the knowledge of sensible things; no, not beyond the first rudiments of them.


People's Bible Notes for Colossians 2:8


Col 2:8 Spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit. Make spoil of you and carry you off as booty through some philosophical speculation, or empty deceit. After the tradition of men. By appealing, not to the Scriptures, but to human traditions. These traditions probably referred mainly to the matters spoken of in Col 2:18 below. After the rudiments of the world. Paul uses this expression elsewhere of Jewish ordinances (Ga 4:3). Col 2:16 shows what it refers to is shown in

Discussion for Colossians 2:8

  • Do this relate to verbally abusive husband in the body of Christ
  • Paul's message enlighten me that even the elect, their philosophies can have a tint of vain deceit and can misled us from the true teaching of Christ. Just like believing in feng shui and other beliefs from different culture. We can be a bondage from this philosophy of their elect.
  • Matthew for verse 8
    The verse is very plain and blunt, it first says, "Beware lest any man..., " it is always mankind that we are to beware of, but why? The Bible says the heart is deceitfully wicked above all things. The heart of man is full of vile imaginations, which will try to justify anything it can as long as it can. This verse also says, "spoil, " and again why? If you have a box of apples, would you keep a spoiled apple among the good ones? Of course not, so why then should the child of GOD have company among the false philosophies of this world? If a Christian is not rooted in the word of GOD, then the good fruit won 't recognize the bad fruit. But let us notice the end conclusion of the matter which discredits all the idealogies before it. "And not after Christ, " if anything in this world by any man 's words does not lean after or go towards Christ our Savior then we must beware and cast out those things from among us. Amen! Lest we be spoiled like the bad fruit, being mixed together.
  • .....Even the elected will be deceived, that is why it warns us not to fall in vain deceit..!!
  • it is very clear that says Beware least any "Man " spoil you...that means of messages trough TV and movies believe in "magic " believe in the creation not the creator, they tell us to believe in absurd things, images , virgins , saints, amulets, encantations, etc...drawing us away from the Lord.. just beware of all those things...!
  • Two factors to to consider when pondering this verse; 1.No MAN will take Jesus sheep. 2. We are not of this world (now) therefore cannot be spoiled by it. Old man DIED, not of the flesh but Spirit. Not under Law, but Grace if saved. >>>>John10:27-28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
    >>>>This V speaks of the "World"? 1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. >>>>>>>>>Hebrews 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.>>>>>Fear Not Stand Fast. This speaks of wolves who come to kill. They cannot kill the saved. Life Eternal is why. It can't be shaken.

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