Colossians 2:11
 
Colossians 2:11
(KJV) In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
(1611 KJV) In whom also ye are circumcised with the Circumcision made without handes, in putting off the body of the sinnes of the flesh, by the Circumcision of Christ:
(1568 Bishops Bible) In whom also ye are circumcised with circumcisio made without handes, by puttyng of the body of sinnes of the fleshe, in the circumcision of Christe:
(1526 Tyndale) in whom also ye are circucised with circumcision made mith out hondes by puttinge of the sinfull boddy of the flesshe
 
Counterfeit Versions
(NIV) In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ,
(NASV) and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ;
(AMP) In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but in a [spiritual] circumcision [performed by] Christ by stripping off the body of the flesh (the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts).
(NLT) When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature.
(ESV) In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,
(CEV) Christ has also taken away your selfish desires, just as circumcision removes flesh from the body.
(1901 ASV) in whom ye were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ;
(NLV) When you became a Christian, you were set free from the sinful things of the world. This was not done by human hands. You were set free from the sins of your old self by what was done in Christ's body.
(HCSB) In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not done with hands, by putting off the body of flesh, in the circumcision of the Messiah.
(NCV) Also in Christ you had a different kind of circumcision, a circumcision not done by hands. It was through Christ's circumcision, that is, his death, that you were made free from the power of your sinful self.
(RSV) In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of flesh in the circumcision of Christ;
(NAB-Roman Catholic) In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not administered by hand, by stripping off the carnal body, with the circumcision of Christ.
(NWT-Jehovah’s Witnesses) By relationship with him YOU were also circumcised with a circumcision performed without hands by the stripping off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision that belongs to the Christ,
 
Textus Receptus - Traditional Text
en w kai perietmhqhte peritomh aceiropoihtw en th apekdusei tou swmatoV twn amartiwn thV sarkoV en th peritomh tou cristou
 
Hort-Westcott - Critical Text
en w kai perietmhqhte peritomh aceiropoihtw en th apekdusei tou swmatoV thV sarkoV en th peritomh tou cristou
 
Corrupted Manuscripts
This verse is corrupted in the following manuscripts:
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit (original)
A 02 - Alexandrinus - Fifth century
B 03 - Vaticanus - Fourth century
C 04 - Ephraemi Rescriptus - Fifth century
D 06 - Paris: Claromontanus - Sixth century (original)
P 025 - Ninth century
X 033 - Tenth century
 
Manuscripts which agree with the Textus Receptus for this verse
Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit (corrected)
D 06 - Paris: Claromontanus - Sixth century (corrected)
K 018 - Ninth century
L 020 - Ninth century
 
Published Critical Greek Texts with Corruptions
Omit “of the sins”
Greisbach, Johann - 1805
Lachmann, Karl - 1842
Tischendorf, Constantine - 1869
Tregelles, Samuel - 1857
Alford, Henry - 1849 revised in 1871
Wordsworth, Christopher - 1856 revised in 1870
Westcott and Hort - 1881
Weiss, Bernhard - 1894
Nestle - 1927 as revised in seventeenth edition in 1941
Nestle-Aland - 1979 - Twenty Sixth Edition
Nestle-Aland - 1993 - Twenty Seventh Edition
United Bible Societies - 1983 - Fourth Edition
 
Affected Teaching
One of the greatest aspects of the being a Christian is the fact that God has removed our sins from us.
 
(Psa 103:12 KJV) As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
 
(2 Sam 12:13 KJV) And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
 
(Jer 31:34 KJV) And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
 
(Heb 8:12 KJV) For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
 
(Heb 10:16-17 KJV) This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; {17} And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
 
The NIV states that God had put off the sinful nature. May I see a show of hands of those who have not sinned in the last 24 hours! The new nature that we have since salvation coexists with the sinful nature in this body of death until either we are taken home or the Lord returns. The sinful nature has not been removed from us because it is ingrained in our flesh as Colossians 2:11 in the KJV shows us. God has removed our sins and those sins include the ones we have not committed yet. This is total redemption of the believer because every sin past, present, and future has been removed from the believer by the sacrifice of Christ on Calvary. If only one sin remains, then no one can ever get into Heaven.
 
The modern versions remove this tremendous truth and try to tell us that God has removed our body of flesh. If that was the case, then no believer would be alive since we must abide in our physical bodies until our or the last day. This is just another example of poor scholarship. If God removed our body of flesh then we would be dead. Instead He removed the sins which were attached to that body and that is a big difference in understanding. Below are two URL’s which deal with the subject from Romans concerning the problem Christians face having two natures in one body. The Apostle Paul had that great struggle.
 
http://www.scionofzion.com/romans7_10-17.htm
http://www.scionofzion.com/romans7_18-25.htm

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