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Colossians 2:13-14

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2:13 And even though you were dead in your 1  transgressions and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he nevertheless 2  made you alive with him, having forgiven all your transgressions. 2:14 He has destroyed 3  what was against us, a certificate of indebtedness 4  expressed in decrees opposed to us. He has taken it away by nailing it to the cross.

1 tn The article τοῖς (tois) with παραπτώμασιν (paraptwmasin) is functioning as a possessive pronoun (ExSyn 215).

2 tn The word “nevertheless,” though not in the Greek text, was supplied in the translation to bring out the force of the concessive participle ὄντας (ontas).

3 tn The participle ἐξαλείψας (exaleiyas) is a temporal adverbial participle of contemporaneous time related to the previous verb συνεζωοποίησεν (sunezwopoihsen), but has been translated as a finite verb because of the complexity of the Greek sentence and the tendency of contemporary English to use shorter sentences. For the meaning “destroy” see BDAG 344-45 s.v. ἐξαλείφω 2.

4 tn On the translation of χειρόγραφον (ceirografon), see BDAG 1083 s.v. which refers to it as “a certificate of indebtedness.”



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