The Goal of Life1 Finally, my brethren a rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you. 2 Beware of the b dogs, beware of the c evil workers, beware of the ▼
▼ Lit mutilation; Gr katatomefalse circumcision; 3 for e we are the true ▼
▼ Gr peritomecircumcision, who g worship in the Spirit of God and h glory in i Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh, 4 although j I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more: 5 k circumcised the eighth day, of the l nation of Israel, of the m tribe of Benjamin, a n Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law o a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal p a persecutor of the church; as to the q righteousness which is in the Law, found r blameless. 7 But s whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss ▼
▼ Lit because ofin view of the surpassing value of ▼
▼ Lit the knowledge of, v knowing w Christ Jesus my Lord ▼
▼ Lit because offor whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, 9 and may be found in Him, not having y a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ z the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10 that I may aa know Him and ab the power of His resurrection and ▼
▼ Or participation in, ad the fellowship of His sufferings, being ae conformed to His death; 11 ▼
▼ Lit if somehowin order that I may ag attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already ah obtained it or have already ai become perfect, but I press on ▼
▼ Lit if I may evenso that I may ak lay hold of that ▼
▼ Or because alsofor which also I am was laid hold of by an Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: ao forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I ap press on toward the goal for the prize of the aq upward call of God in ar Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as are ▼
▼ Or mature, at perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a au different attitude av God will reveal that also to you; 16 however, let us keep ▼
▼ Lit following in line, ax living by that same standard to which we have attained. 17 Brethren ay join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the az pattern you have in us. 18 For ba many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even bb weeping, that they are enemies of bc the cross of Christ, 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their ▼
▼ Lit belly, be appetite, and whose bf glory is in their shame, who bg set their minds on earthly things. 20 For bh our ▼
▼ Lit commonwealthcitizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly bj wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will bk transform ▼
▼ Or our lowly bodythe body of our humble state into bm conformity with ▼
▼ Or His glorious bodythe bo body of His glory bp by the exertion of the power that He has even to bq subject all things to Himself.
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