Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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He warns against the impostures of the philosophers and the Jewish teachers, that would withdraw them from Christ.

1 For I would have you know, what solicitude I have for you, and for them who are at Laodicea, and as many as have not seen my face in the flesh:

2 That their hearts may be comforted being instructed in charity, and unto all the riches of the fulness of understanding, unto the knowledge of the mystery of God the Father, and of Christ Jesus:

3 In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

4 Now this I say, that no man may deceive you by loftiness of words.

5 *For though I be absent in body, yet in spirit I am with you; rejoicing and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith which is in Christ.

6 As therefore you have received Jesus Christ, the Lord, walk ye in him.

7 Rooted and built up in him, and confirmed in the faith, as also you have learned, abounding in him in thanksgiving.

8 Beware lest any man impose upon you by philosophy, and vain fallacy: according to the tradition of men, according to the rudiments of the world, and not according to Christ:

9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead corporally:

10 And you are filled in him, who is the head of all principality and power:

11 In whom also you are circumcised with a circumcision not made by hand in despoiling of the body of the flesh, but in the circumcision of Christ:

12 Buried with him in baptism, in whom also you are risen again by the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him up from the dead.

13 *And you, when you were dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he hath quickened together with him, forgiving you all offences:

14 Blotting out the hand-writing of the decree which was against us, which was contrary to us, and the same he took out of the way, fastening it to the cross:

15 And despoiling the principalities and powers, he made a shew of them confidently, triumphing openly over them in himself.

16 Let no man, therefore, judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a festival day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbaths:

17 Which are a shadow of things to come: but the body is of Christ.

18 *Let no man seduce you, willing in humility and religion of Angels, walking in the things which he hath not seen, in vain puffed up by the sense of his flesh,

19 And not holding the head, from which all the body, by joints and bands being supplied with nourishment and compacted, groweth unto the increase of God.

20 If then you be dead with Christ from the elements of this world: why do you yet decree as though living in the world?

21 Touch not, taste not, handle not:

22 Which all are unto destruction by the very use, according to the precepts and doctrines of men:

23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in superstition, and humility, and not sparing the body; not in any honour to the filling of the flesh.



5: 2 Corinthians v. 2.

13: Ephesians ii. 1.

18: Matthew xxiv. 4.