Parallel Verses

King James Version

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,

New American Standard Bible

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,

Holman Bible

If you died with the Messiah to the elemental forces of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations:

International Standard Version

If you have died with the Messiah to the basic principles of the world, why are you submitting to its decrees as though you still lived in the world?

A Conservative Version

If ye died with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why do ye submit to rules, as though living in the world?

American Standard Version

If ye died with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, do ye subject yourselves to ordinances,

Amplified

If then you have died with Christ to material ways of looking at things and have escaped from the world's crude and elemental notions and teachings of externalism, why do you live as if you still belong to the world? [Why do you submit to rules and regulations? -- "such as]

An Understandable Version

Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of the world, [then] why, as though you [still] lived in [harmony with] the world, do you submit yourselves to [its] rules, [such as]:

Anderson New Testament

If, then, you have died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you submit to ordinances?

Bible in Basic English

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

Common New Testament

If with Christ you died to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you still belonged to it, do you submit to regulations such as,

Daniel Mace New Testament

If then you are dead with Christ, in respect of those shadows of the Jewish state; why do ye, as if you were still in that state, submit to those ordinances?

Darby Translation

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?

Godbey New Testament

If along with Christ you are dead from the elements of the world, why are you dogmatized as living in the world,

Goodspeed New Testament

If you have died with Christ to material ways of looking at things, why do you act as though you still belonged to the world, and submit to rules like

John Wesley New Testament

Therefore if ye are dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as living in the world, receive ye ordinances,

Jubilee 2000 Bible

For if ye are dead with the Christ to the elements of the world, why, as though living unto the world, do ye decree rites,

Julia Smith Translation

If therefore ye died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as living in the world, do ye dogmatize,

King James 2000

Therefore if you be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to ordinances,

Lexham Expanded Bible

If you have died with Christ to the elemental spirits of the world, why do you submit [to them] as [if] living in the world?

Modern King James verseion

If then you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to its ordinances:

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Wherefore, if ye be dead with Christ from ordinances of the world: Why as though ye yet lived in the world, are ye led with traditions of them that say

Moffatt New Testament

As you died with Christ to the Elemental spirits of the world, why live as if you still belonged to the world? Why submit to rules and regulations like

Montgomery New Testament

If you died with Christ to the world's rudimentary notions, why, as if you still lived in the world, do you submit yourselves to dogmatisms found on teachings and doctrines of men??21 such as "Do not handle this," "You must not taste that," "Do not touch this"??22 all things which are intended to perish in the using?

NET Bible

If you have died with Christ to the elemental spirits of the world, why do you submit to them as though you lived in the world?

New Heart English 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,

Noyes New Testament

If ye died with Christ to the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, do ye subject yourselves to ordinances, such as,

Sawyer New Testament

If therefore you died with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why do you practice ordinances as living in the world,??21 you shall not touch, you shall not taste, you shall not feel,??22 all which are to perish in the using??ccording to the commandments and instructions of men?

The Emphasized Bible

If ye have died, together with Christ, from the first principles of the world, why, as though alive in the world, are ye submitting to decrees, -

Thomas Haweis New Testament

If then ye have been dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye dogmatically taught,

Twentieth Century New Testament

Since, with Christ, you became dead to the puerile teaching of this world, why do you submit, as though your life were still that of the world,

Webster

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,

Weymouth New Testament

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

Williams New Testament

If once through fellowship with Christ you died and were separated from the world's crude notions, why do you live as though you belonged to the world? Why submit to rules such as,

World English 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,

Worrell New Testament

If ye died with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as if living in the world, do ye subject yourselves to decrees,

Worsley New Testament

If therefore ye be dead with Christ from the elements of the world; why, as if living in the world, are ye subject to ceremonial ordinances,

Youngs Literal Translation

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?

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
οὖν 
Oun 
therefore, then, so, and, now, wherefore, but, not tr,
Usage: 417

if
εἰ 
Ei 
if, whether, that, not tr,
Usage: 218

ye be dead
ἀποθνήσκω 
Apothnesko 
die, be dead, be at the point of death +9, perish, lie a dying, be slain +, vr dead
Usage: 93

with
σύν 
sun 
Usage: 120

Χριστός 
christos 
Usage: 557

ἀπό 
Apo 
from, of, out of, for, off, by, at, in, since 9, on, not tr., .
Usage: 490

the rudiments
στοιχεῖον 
Stoicheion 
Usage: 7

of the world
κόσμος 
Kosmos 
Usage: 109

why
τίς 
Tis 
Usage: 344

as though
ὡς 
Hos 
as, when, how, as it were, about,
Usage: 417

ζάω 
Zao 
live, be alive, alive, quick, lively, not tr, , vr live
Usage: 115

in
ἐν 
En 
in, by, with, among, at, on, through,
Usage: 2128

the world
κόσμος 
Kosmos 
Usage: 109

Images Colossians 2:20

Prayers for Colossians 2:20

Context Readings

Beware Of Requirements Invented By Humans

19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. 20 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, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;



Cross References

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.

Colossians 2:14

Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

Colossians 2:16

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

Galatians 4:3

Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:

John 15:19

If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

John 17:14-16

I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Romans 6:2-11

God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

Romans 7:4-6

Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

2 Corinthians 10:3

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

Galatians 2:19-20

For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

Galatians 4:9-12

But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

Galatians 6:14

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

Ephesians 2:15

Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

Colossians 3:3

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Hebrews 13:9

Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

James 4:4

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

1 Peter 4:1-3

Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

1 John 5:19

And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

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