1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
1 So then, my brothers, keep on rejoicing in the Lord. It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you; indeed, it is for your safety.
2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
2 Beware of the dogs! Beware of the evil workers! Beware of the mutilators!
3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
3 For it is we who are the circumcision we who worship in the Spirit of God and find our joy in the Messiah Jesus. We have not placed any confidence in the flesh,
3 for we [who are born-again have been reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, set apart for His purpose and] are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory and take pride and exult in Christ Jesus and place no confidence [in what we have or who we are] in the flesh—
4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:
4 although I once also had confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he has grounds for confidence in the flesh, I have more:
4 although I could have confidence in the flesh. If anyone thinks he can place confidence in the flesh, I have more reason to think so.
4 though I myself might have [some grounds for] confidence in the flesh [if I were pursuing salvation by works]. If anyone else thinks that he has reason to be confident in the flesh [that is, in his own efforts to achieve salvation], I have far more:
5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
5 Having been circumcised on the eighth day, I am of the nation of Israel, from the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews. As far as the Law is concerned, I was a Pharisee.
5 circumcised when I was eight days old, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews [an exemplary Hebrew]; as to the [observance of the] Law, a Pharisee;
6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
6 As for my zeal, I was a persecutor of the church. As far as righteousness in the Law is concerned, I was blameless.
6 as to my zeal [for Jewish tradition], a persecutor of the church; and as to righteousness [supposed right living] which [my fellow Jews believe] is in the Law, I proved myself blameless.
7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
7 But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ.
7 But whatever things were assets to me, these I now consider a loss for the sake of the Messiah.
7 But whatever former things were gains to me [as I thought then], these things [once regarded as advancements in merit] I have come to consider as loss [absolutely worthless] for the sake of Christ [and the purpose which He has given my life].
8 More than that, I count all things to be loss (c)in view of the surpassing value of (d)(R)knowing (S)Christ Jesus my Lord, (e)for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
8 More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value(N) of knowing Christ(O) Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ(P)
8 What is more, I continue to consider all these things to be a loss for the sake of what is far more valuable, knowing the Messiah Jesus, my Lord. It is because of him that I have experienced the loss of all those things. Indeed, I consider them rubbish in order to gain the Messiah
8 But more than that, I count everything as loss compared to the priceless privilege and supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord [and of growing more deeply and thoroughly acquainted with Him—a joy unequaled]. For His sake I have lost everything, and I consider it all garbage, so that I may gain Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the Law, but one that comes through the faithfulness of the Messiah, the righteousness that comes from God and that depends on faith.
9 and may be found in Him [believing and relying on Him], not having any righteousness of my own derived from [my obedience to] the Law and its rituals, but [possessing] that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
10 I want to know the Messiah what his resurrection power is like and what it means to share in his sufferings by becoming like him in his death,
10 And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did];
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
11 assuming that I will somehow reach the resurrection from among the dead.
11 though I hope to experience the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
12 It's not that I have already reached this goal or have already become perfect. But I keep pursuing it, hoping somehow to embrace it just as I have been embraced by the Messiah Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
13 Brothers, I do not consider myself to have embraced it yet. But this one thing I do: Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
14 I keep pursuing the goal to win the prize of God's heavenly call in the Messiah Jesus.
14 I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
15 Therefore, those of us who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will show you how to think.
15 All of us who are mature [pursuing spiritual perfection] should have this attitude. And if in any respect you have a different attitude, that too God will make clear to you.
16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
16 In any case, we should live up to whatever truth we have attained.
16 However, we should live up to what we have achieved so far.
16 Only let us stay true to what we have already attained.
17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
17 Join in imitating me, brothers, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us.
17 Join together in imitating me, brothers, and pay close attention to those who live by the example we have set for you.
17 Brothers and sisters, together follow my example and observe those who live by the pattern we gave you.
18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
18 For I have often told you, and now tell you even with tears, that many live as enemies of the cross of the Messiah.
18 For there are many, of whom I have often told you, and now tell you even with tears, who live as enemies of the cross of Christ [rejecting and opposing His way of salvation],
19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their belly, and their glory is in their shame. Their minds are set on worldly things.
19 whose fate is destruction, whose god is their belly [their worldly appetite, their sensuality, their vanity], and whose glory is in their shame—who focus their mind on earthly and temporal things.
20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
20 but our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
20 Our citizenship, however, is in heaven, and it is from there that we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus, the Messiah.
20 But [we are different, because] our citizenship is in heaven. And from there we eagerly await [the coming of] the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
21 who will (AX)transform (n)the body of our humble state into (AY)conformity with (o)the (AZ)body of His glory, (BA)by the exertion of the power that He has even to (BB)subject all things to Himself.
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
21 He will change our unassuming bodies and make them like his glorious body through the power that enables him to bring everything under his authority.
21 who, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself, will [not only] transform [but completely refashion] our earthly bodies so that they will be like His glorious resurrected body.
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