3 For the rest, brothers, joy to you in the Lord. To be writing the same things to you is no trouble to me and is a safe thing for you. 2 Look out for the dogs! look out for the bad workers! look out for the concision! 3 for the circumcision are we, who worship in God’s spirit and boast in Christ Jesus and do not trust in flesh—even though as far as I am concerned I should have a trust even in flesh. 4 If anybody else thinks he may trust in flesh, more so I, 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews, as to the law a Pharisee, 6 as to zeal a persecutor of the church, as to righteousness under the law never found fault with. 7 But the things that were profit to me, these I have regarded as loss on the Christ’s account; 8 why, I even regard everything as being a loss in view of the superiority of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, on whose account I have taken the loss of everything and regard it as garbage in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, that derived from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, righteousness derived from God, conditioned on faith, 10 so as to know him and the power of his resurrection, and solidarity in his sufferings, having myself assimilated to his death 11 * in the hope that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 **** Not that I have already got what I am after or am already perfected; but I am driving ahead in the hope of eventually laying hold, seeing that I have myself been laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 * Brothers, I do not figure that I have laid hold as yet; but there is one thing, I am forgetting what is behind and reaching out for what is before 14 and driving ahead toward the goal for the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus. 15 * So let us, as many of us as are full-grown, take this stand; and if your stand is otherwise in any respect, God will reveal to you this point too. 16 * In what we have arrived at, though, follow the same line. 17 Be my imitators together, brothers, and keep your eyes on those who walk in such a way as you have us for an example of. 18 * For there are many walkers of whom I have repeatedly spoken to you, and am now speaking even with tears, as the enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 of whom the end is destruction, whose god is their stomach and whose glory is in their shame—those who have earthly matters on their minds. 20 For the state we are citizens of is in the heavens; wherefrom, too, we are awaiting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will reshape our body of humiliation to agree with the form of his body of glory in the working of the power he has to even subject everything to him.
^ 3:11 Lit. if so be that I may
^ 3:12 Lit. have already got or am
^ 3:12 Lit. if I may also lay hold (var. leaves out the word also)
^ 3:12 Or laying hold of that with a view to which I was myself laid hold of
^ 3:12 Lit. have also been laid hold of
^ 3:13 Lit. but one thing, I
^ 3:15 Lit. this too
^ 3:16 Unc.
^ 3:18 Lit. For many are walking of whom