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.
For these very men do not really keep the Law of Moses, but they would have you receive circumcision in order that they may glory in *your* bodies.
When you give in charity, never blow a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and streets in order that their praises may be sung by men. I solemnly tell you that they already have their reward.
And everything they do they do with a view to being observed by men; for they widen their phylacteries and make the tassels large,
"You are they," He said to them, "who boast of their own goodness before men, but God sees your hearts; for that which holds a proud position among men is detestable in God's sight.
who swallow up the property of widows and mask their wickedness by making long prayers. They will be punished far more severely than others."
The man whose teaching originates with himself aims at his own glory. He who aims at the glory of Him who sent him teaches the truth, and there is no deception in him.
2 Corinthians 10:12
For we have not the 'courage' to rank ourselves among, or compare ourselves with, certain persons distinguished by their self-commendation. Yet they are not wise, measuring themselves, as they do, by one another and comparing themselves with one another.
2 Corinthians 11:13
For men of this stamp are sham apostles, dishonest workmen, assuming the garb of Apostles of Christ.
Some indeed actually preach Christ out of envy and contentiousness but there are also others who do it from good will.
each fixing his attention, not simply on his own interests, but on those of others also.
These rules have indeed an appearance of wisdom where self-imposed worship exists, and an affectation of humility and an ascetic severity. But not one of them is of any value in combating the indulgence of our lower natures.
But although my companion Titus was a Greek they did not insist upon even his being circumcised.
But certain persons who had come down from Judaea tried to convince the brethren, saying, "Unless you are circumcised in accordance with the Mosaic custom, you cannot be saved."
As for me, brethren, if I am still a preacher of circumcision, how is it that I am still suffering persecution? In that case the Cross has ceased to be a stumbling-block!
For there are many whom I have often described to you, and I now even with tears describe them, as being enemies to the Cross of Christ.