Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
Why, even those who let themselves be circumcised do not observe the Law themselves! But they want you to let yourselves be circumcised so that they can boast of that physical fact about you!
So when you are going to give to charity, do not blow a trumpet before yourself, as the hypocrites do, in the synagogues and the streets, to make people praise them. I tell you, that is all the reward they will get!
They do everything they do to have men see it. They wear wide Scripture texts as charms, and they wear large tassels,
And he said to them, "You are the men who parade your uprightness before people, but God knows your hearts. For what men consider great is detestable in the sight of God.
Whoever speaks simply for himself is looking for honor for himself, but whoever looks for honor for the person who has sent him shows his sincerity; there is no dishonesty about him.
2 Corinthians 10:12
I do not indeed venture to class or compare myself with certain individuals who approve of themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they do not show good sense.
2 Corinthians 11:13
Such men are sham apostles, dishonest workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ.
Some of them, it is true, are actually preaching the Christ from jealousy and partisanship, but there are others who are doing it out of good-will.
Do not take account of your own interests, but of the interests of others as well.
Such practices pass for wisdom, with their self-imposed devotions, their self-humiliation, and their ascetic discipline, but they carry with them no real distinction, they are really only a catering to the flesh.
But they did not insist that even my companion Titus, although he was a Greek, should be circumcised,
Some people came down from Judea and began to teach the brothers that unless they were circumcised as Moses prescribed, they could not be saved.
And I, brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? If that is the case, the cross has ceased to be an obstacle, I suppose!
For there are many who live, as I have often told you, and tell you now with tears, like enemies of the cross of Christ.