1 Finally, my brethren, a rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.
2 b Beware of dogs, beware of c evil workers, d beware of the mutilation! 3 For we are e the circumcision, f who worship 1 God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, 4 though g I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I h more so: 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, i of the tribe of Benjamin, j a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, k a Pharisee; 6 concerning zeal, l persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 7 But m what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss n for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having o my own righteousness, which is from the law, but p that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the q power of His resurrection, and r the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may s attain 2 to the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already t attained, 3 or am already u perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have 4 apprehended; but one thing I do, v forgetting those things which are behind and w reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 x I press toward the goal for the prize of y the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore let us, as many as are z mature, a have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, b God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already 5 attained, c let us walk d by the same 6 rule, let us be of the same mind.
17 Brethren, e join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as f you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are g the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 h whose end is destruction, i whose god is their belly, and j whose glory is in their shame - k who set their mind on earthly things. 20 For l our citizenship is in heaven, m from which we also n eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 o who will transform our lowly body that it may be p conformed to His glorious body, q according to the working by which He is able even to r subdue all things to Himself.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.