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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Colossians 2



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Verse 1

would = desire. App-102.

knew. App-132.

conflict. See Philippians 1:1, Philippians 1:20.

for. App-104.

at. App-104.

not. App-105.

seen. App-133.

in. App-104.

Verse 2

That. Greek. hina, in order that.

comforted. App-134.

knit together. See Acts 9:22.

love. App-136.

unto. App-104.

riches. See Colossians 1:27.

full assurance. Greek. plerophoria. Here, 1 Thessalonians 1:8. Hebrews 6:11; Hebrews 6:10, Hebrews 6:22.

understanding. App-132.

to = unto, as above; or, with a view to.

acknowledgement. App-132.

mystery. App-193.

God. App-98.

and, &c. The texts read "even Christ".

Christ. App-98.

Verse 3

hid. Greek a pokruphos. Only here, Mark 4:22. Luke 8:17.

knowledge. App-132.

Verse 4

lest, &c. = in order that (Greek. hina) no one (Greek. medeis).

beguile = deceive. Greek. paralogizomai. Here and James 1:22.

with. App-104.

enticing words. Greek. pilhanelogia. Only here.

Verse 5

though = even if (App-118., a).

with. App-104.

spirit. App-101.

beholding. App-133.

order. See 1 Corinthians 14:40.

stedfastness. Greek. stereoma. Only here.

faith. App-150.

in = unto. App-104.

Verse 6

Christ Jesus. App-08.

Lord. App-98. For this full title see Romans 6:23.

Verse 7

Rooted. See Ephesians 3:17.

built up. See Acts 20:33, and compare Ephesians 2:20.

stablished. See Romans 15:8 (confirm).

in = by.

therein = in (App-104) it.

Verse 8

Beware = See (App-133) to it.

lest. App-105.

any man. App-123.

spoil. Greek sula gogeo. Only here.

through. App-104. Colossians 2:1.

philosophy. Greek philosophia. Only here.

after. App-104.

men. App-123.

rudiments. See Galatians 1:4, Galatians 1:3.

world. App-129.

Verse 9

For = Because.

dwelleth, See Colossians 1:19.

fulness. See Colossians 1:19.

Godhead. App-98.

bodily. Greek somatikos. Only here. The adjective in Luke 3:22. 1 Timothy 4:8.

Verse 10

complete. See Colossians 1:9.

Which = Who.

principality. App-172.

power. App-172.

Verse 11

also. Should follow "circumcised".

are = were.

made without hands. See 2 Corinthians 5:1.

putting off Greek. apekdusis. Only here.

of the sins. Omit. by. App-104.

Verse 12

Buried with. See Romans 6:4.

baptism. App-115. His baptism unto death.

wherein = in (App-104.) Whom.

also, &c. = ye were raised (App-178.) also, and ep. Colossians 3:1 and Ephesians 2:6,

operation. App-172.

hath. Omit.

raised. App-178.

from, &c. App-139.

Verse 13

being. i.e. at that time.

sins, App-128.

quickened together = made alive together. See Ephesians 2:6.

Him. Texts add, "even you".

forgiven = graciously forgiven. App-184.

trespasses. Some as "sins", above.

Verse 14

Blotting out = Having blotted out. See Acts 3:19.

handwriting. Greek. cheirographon. Only here.

ordinances. See Acts 16:4,

against. App-104.

contrary. Greek hupenantios. Only here and Hebrews 10:27.

out of. App-104.

way = midst.

nailing = having nailed. Greek. proseloo. Only here.

His. Read "the".

Verse 15

spoiled = put off. Greek. apekduomai. Only here and Colossians 3:9.

made a shew of. Greek. deigmatizo. Only here. The verb paradeigmatizo, to expose to public infamy, occurs: Matthew 1:19 and Hebrews 6:6.

openly. See Mark 8:32.

triumphing over. Compare 2 Corinthians 2:14.

it. i.e. - the cross.

Verse 16

no. App-106.

man. App-123.

judge. App-122.

meat, &c. = eating and drinking.

respect. Litearal, part, i.e. taking part.

holy day = feast. See Lev 23.

new moon. See 1 Chronicles 23:31.

sabbath days = sabbaths. See Leviticus 23:3, Leviticus 23:7, Leviticus 23:8, Leviticus 23:21, Leviticus 23:24, Leviticus 23:27-32, Leviticus 23:35, Leviticus 23:36, Leviticus 23:38, Leviticus 23:39. John 20:1.

Verse 18

no man. Greek. m edeis.

beguile you of your reward = defraud you of your prize. Greek. katabrabeua. Only here.

in, &c. Lit, willing (App-102) in (App-104), i.e. being a devotee to.

humility. See Acts 20:19.

worshipping. See Acts 26:5 (religion).

intruding into = investigating. Greek embateuo. Only here.

not. Most texts omit.

seen. App-133.

puffed up. See 1 Corinthians 4:6.

by. App-104.

his fleshly mind = the mind of his flesh, i.e. the old Adam nature.

Verse 19

holding = holding fast. The central theme of the Epistle is the necessity of holding fast to the Head, from. App-104.

Which = Whom.

by. App-104. Colossians 2:1.

joints. See Ephesians 4:16.

bands. See Acts 8:23 (bond).

having nourishment ministered. See 2 Corinthians 9:10.

increase. See Ephesians 4:11.

Verse 20

if. App-118., a.

be dead = died.

from, App-104.

subject, &c. Mid. of Greek. dogmatizo, which means to impose dogmas upon one. Supply Ellipsis with "such as".

Verse 21

not. Greek. mede.

handle. Greek. thingano. Only here, Hebrews 11:28; Hebrews 12:20.

Verse 22

to perish = for (App-104.) corruption. See Revelation 8:21.

using. Greek. apochresie. Only here,

commandments. Greek. entalma. Only here, Matthew 15:9. Mark 7:7.

doctrines. The doctrines of men and demons are various, and therefore plural. See Matthew 15:9. Mark 7:7. 1 Timothy 4:1; but the Divine teaching is one - 1 Timothy 1:10; 1 Timothy 4:6, 1 Timothy 4:13, 1 Timothy 4:16, & c.

Verse 23

Which = Which order of. have is having.

shew = reputation. App-121.

will worship. Greek. ethelothreskeia, i.e. self-imposed worship. Only here.

neglecting = not sparing. Greek. apheidia. Only here.

honour = value.

to. App-104.

satisfying. Greek. pleamone. Only here. Ascetic observances are of no value as remedies against the old nature.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Colossians 2:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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