18And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
8See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spiritsOr elementary principles; also verse 20 of the world, and not according to Christ. 9For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,
10and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
18Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions,Or about the things he has seen puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.
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