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Colossians 2:17

    Colossians 2:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ's.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For these are an image of the things which are to come; but the body is Christ's.

    Webster's Revision

    which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ's.

    World English Bible

    which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ's.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ's.

    Clarke's Commentary on Colossians 2:17

    Which are a shadow - All these things were types, and must continue in force till the Christ, whom they represented, came; the apostle therefore says that the body - the substance or design of them was of Christ - pointed him out, and the excellent blessings which he has procured. The word σκια, shadow, is often used to express any thing imperfect or unsubstantial; while the term σωμα, body, was used in the opposite sense, and expressed any thing substantial, solid, and firm. The law was but the shadow or representation of good things to come; none should rest in it; all that it pointed out is to be sought and obtained in Christ.

    Barnes' Notes on Colossians 2:17

    Which are a shadow of things to come - See the notes at Hebrews 8:5; Hebrews 10:1, note. They were only a dim outline of future things, not the reality.

    But the body is of Christ - The reality, the substance. All that they signified is of or in Christ. Between those things themselves which are in Christ, and those which only represented or prefigured them, there is as much difference as there is between a body and a shadow; a solid substance and a mere outline. Having now, therefore, the thing itself the shadow can be to us of no value; and that having come which was prefigured, that which was designed merely to represent it, is no longer binding.

    Wesley's Notes on Colossians 2:17

    2:17 Which are but a lifeless shadow; but the body, the substance, is of Christ.