Colossians 2:21
New International Version
"Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"?

New Living Translation
“Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”?

English Standard Version
“Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch”

Berean Study Bible
“Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!”?

Berean Literal Bible
"You should not handle! You should not taste! You should not touch!"?--

New American Standard Bible
"Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!"

New King James Version
“Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,”

King James Bible
(Touch not; taste not; handle not;

Christian Standard Bible
"Don't handle, don't taste, don't touch"?

Contemporary English Version
"Don't handle this. Don't taste that. Don't touch this."?

Good News Translation
"Don't handle this," "Don't taste that," "Don't touch the other"?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't handle, don't taste, don't touch"?

International Standard Version
"Don't handle this! Don't taste or touch that!"

NET Bible
"Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"

New Heart English Bible
"Do not handle, nor taste, nor touch"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Namely, “Do not touch”, “Do not taste”, “Do not hold”,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
People will tell you, "Don't handle this! Don't taste or touch that!"

New American Standard 1977
“Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!”

Jubilee Bible 2000
touch not; taste not; handle not?

King James 2000 Bible
(Touch not; taste not; handle not;

American King James Version
(Touch not; taste not; handle not;

American Standard Version
Handle not, nor taste, nor touch

Douay-Rheims Bible
Touch not, taste not, handle not:

Darby Bible Translation
Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch,

English Revised Version
Handle not, nor taste, nor touch

Webster's Bible Translation
(Touch not; taste not; handle not;

Weymouth New Testament
"Do not handle this;" "Do not taste that;" "Do not touch that other thing" --

World English Bible
"Don't handle, nor taste, nor touch"

Young's Literal Translation
-- thou mayest not touch, nor taste, nor handle --
Study Bible
Alive in Christ
20If you have died with Christ to the spiritual forces of the world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its regulations: 21“Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!”? 22These will all perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings.…
Cross References
Colossians 2:20
If you have died with Christ to the spiritual forces of the world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its regulations:

Colossians 2:22
These will all perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings.

Treasury of Scripture

(Touch not; taste not; handle not;

Genesis 3:3
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

Isaiah 52:11
Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.

2 Corinthians 6:17
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,







Lexicon
“{Do}
Μὴ (Mē)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3361: Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

not handle,
ἅψῃ (hapsē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Middle - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 680: Prop: I fasten to; I lay hold of, touch, know carnally. Reflexive of hapto; properly, to attach oneself to, i.e. To touch.

{do}
μηδὲ (mēde)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3366: And not, not even, neither?nor. From me and de; but not, not even; in a continued negation, nor.

not taste,
γεύσῃ (geusē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Middle - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1089: (a) I taste, (b) I experience. A primary verb; to taste; by implication, to eat; figuratively, to experience.

{do}
μηδὲ (mēde)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3366: And not, not even, neither?nor. From me and de; but not, not even; in a continued negation, nor.

not touch!”?
θίγῃς (thigēs)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2345: A prolonged form of an obsolete primary thigo; to manipulate, i.e. Have to do with; by implication, to injure.
(21) Touch not; taste not; handle not.--The first and last of these renderings should be inverted. There is in the commands a climax of strictness. "Handle not" (the unclean thing), "taste it not," "touch it not" with one of your fingers. It will be noted that all these commands are negative, not positive. They are marked by the ordinary ascetic preference of spiritual restraint to spiritual energy.

Verse 21 gives examples of the decrees which the Colossians are blamed for regarding and in this respect more than in any other they seem to have yielded to the demands of the false teacher. Do not handle, nor taste, nor touch' (vers. 16, 23; 1 Corinthians 6:12, 13; 1 Corinthians 8:8; 1 Corinthians 10:25-27, 30; Romans 14:14-17; 1 Timothy 4:3-5; Titus 1:15). These rules form part of a prohibitory regimen by which sinful tendencies to bodily pleasure were to be repressed (ver. 23), and spiritual truths symbolically enforced (ver. 17; see note on "circumcision," ver. 11): comp. Philo, 'On Concupiscence;' also 'On Victims,' § 3. Θίγης the last of the three verbs, appears to be the strongest, forbidding the slightest contact. Αψῃ is better rendered "handle" (comp. John 20:17); by itself it will scarcely bear the meaning it has in 1 Corinthians 7:1. The next verse seems to imply that all three verbs relate to matters of diet. Ambrose and other Latin Fathers of ascetic tendencies put these prohibitions into the mouth of St. Patti himself, reversing his meaning. 2:18-23 It looked like humility to apply to angels, as if men were conscious of their unworthiness to speak directly to God. But it is not warrantable; it is taking that honour which is due to Christ only, and giving it to a creature. There really was pride in this seeming humility. Those who worship angels, disclaim Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and man. It is an insult to Christ, who is the Head of the church, to use any intercessors but him. When men let go their hold of Christ, they catch at what will stand them in no stead. The body of Christ is a growing body. And true believers cannot live in the fashions of the world. True wisdom is, to keep close to the appointments of the gospel; in entire subjection to Christ, who is the only Head of his church. Self-imposed sufferings and fastings, might have a show of uncommon spirituality and willingness for suffering, but this was not in any honour to God. The whole tended, in a wrong manner, to satisfy the carnal mind, by gratifying self-will, self-wisdom, self-righteousness, and contempt of others. The things being such as carry not with them so much as the show of wisdom; or so faint a show that they do the soul no good, and provide not for the satisfying of the flesh. What the Lord has left indifferent, let us regard as such, and leave others to the like freedom; and remembering the passing nature of earthly things, let us seek to glorify God in the use of them.
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