Colossians 2:16-17, KJV… Therefore, let only the Body of Messiah tell you what to eat, what to drink, and what festival days to keep!

Note how the King James Version supplies two words

in italics (days and is), which do not exist in the Greek;

and how these two words invert the true meaning of the

passage.

Colossians 2:16-17, KJV

16 Let no man therefore

judge you in meat, or in

drink, or in respect of an

holy day, or of the new

moons, or of the sabbath

days

:

17 Which are a shadow of

things to come; but the

body is of Christ.

BGT

Colossians 2:16 ¶ Mh.

ou=n tij u`ma/j krine,tw evn

brw,sei kai. evn po,sei h’

evn me,rei e`orth/j h’

neomhni,aj h’ sabba,twn

BGT

Colossians 2:17 a[ evstin

skia. tw/n mello,ntwn( to.

de. sw/ma tou/ Cristou/Å

Because it adds the italicized words (

days) and (is), the

KJV leads the reader to conclude that we should not let

anyone tell us what to eat, what to drink, or what days

of worship to keep. If we accept these added words at

their face value, we can easily conclude that it makes

no difference at all whether we keep the Sabbath and

the festival days, or whether we worship on Sunday,

Christmas, the Chinese New Year, Ramadan, or even

no festival days at all. Other translations make similar

alterations to the text, and these alterations generally

help promote the idea that Yeshua actually did come to

abolish the Torah and the Prophets, contrary to His

own statement at Matthew 5:17-19.

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Scripture, however, is very clear that we are not to add

anything to His words, or to take anything away (e.g.,

Deuteronomy 4:2, Proverbs 30:6, etcetera). Therefore,

once we realize that the supplied words

days and is do

not appear in the source texts, we should take them

back out of the English translations.

Here is the exact same passage from the King James,

but with the supplied words “

days” and “is” removed:

Let no man therefore judge you in

meat, or in drink, or in respect of an

holy day, or of the new moons, or of

the Sabbath; which are a shadow of

things to come; but the Body of Christ.

If we read this passage carefully, we can see that there

are three main ideas here (1-2-3):

1. Let no man therefore judge you in meat,

or in drink, or in respect of an holy day,

or of the new moons, or of the Sabbath;

2. which are a (prophetic) shadow of things

(still) to come;

3. but the Body of [Messiah].

To paraphrase, the Apostle Shaul is telling us:

1. Let no man judge you with regards to the

meat you eat, what you drink, or what

religious festival days you keep;

2. Because these foods, liquids and festival

days are all prophetic shadows of things still

to come;

3. Therefore, let only the Body of Messiah tell

you what to eat, what to drink, and what

festival days to keep!

If we rearrange the clauses to make the English read

better (3-1-2), we can see that what the Apostle Shaul

was actually saying was that we should not let anyone

but the Body of Messiah judge us in what we eat, what

we drink, and what festival days we keep, because

these things are all shadows of prophetic blessings still

to come.

Let no man (but the Body of Messiah)

judge you in meat, or in drink, or in

respect of an holy day, or of the new

moons, or of the Sabbath; for the

festivals are shadows of things (still)

to come.

[Colossians 2:16-17, reordered]

Shaul’s true meaning is not reflected in the NIV.

16 Therefore do not let anyone judge

you by what you eat or drink, or with

regard to a religious festival, a New

Moon celebration or a sabbath day.

17 These are a shadow of the things

that were to come; the reality,

however, is found in Christ.

[Colossians 2:16-17, NIV]

The King James, the NIV, and most of the mainstream

Christian versions essentially support the old Gnostic

hypothesis: that so long as one knows Yeshua is the

Messiah, it makes no difference what days of worship

one keeps, because the festivals are merely shadows

of the things that “were” to come. However, this is far

from Shaul’s true meaning.

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The idea that the foods we eat and the festival days we

keep are important prophetic shadows of things still to

come did not originate with the Apostle Shaul. The

Jews have long held that major prophetic events

typically fall on Israel’s festival days.

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