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30 Lord with all joy; and hold such in reputation : because
for the work of Christ he was near death, having hazarded his life, to fill up what remained behind of your
service toward me. Ch. ii. Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write
the same things to you is not grievous to me, and is safe 2 for you. Beware of dogs, beware of evil-doers, beware 3 of the concision. For we are the circumcision, who
worship God with our spirit, and glory in Christ Ą Jesus, and have no confidence* in the flesh: though I
might have confidence* even in the flesh. If any other
man seem to have confidence * in the flesh, I have more : 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the race of Israel, of the
tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of Hebrews; concerning 6 the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the
church ; concerning the justification which can arise by 7 the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, 8 those I counted loss for the sake of Christ. Yea doubt
less, and I count that all things are loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I
have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as re9 fuse † that I might gain Christ, and might be found in
him, not having mine own justification, which is from
the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the 10 justification which is from God because of faith : that I
might know Christ, and the power of his resurrection, and
the partaking of his sufferings, being made conformable 11 to his death; if by any means I might come to the resur12 rection of the dead. I say not that I have already at
tained, or am already perfected: but I follow after, if
indeed I may apprehend that for which I have been ap13 prehended also by Christ I. Brethren, I count not my
self to have apprehended: but one thing I do; forgetting
those things which are behind, and reaching forth to 14 those things which are before, I press toward the goal,
* trust, Ni
f dung, N. See N. m.
I by Christ Jesus, R, T.
for the prize of the heavenly calling of God by Christ 15 Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect men,
think thus : and if in any thing ye think otherwise, God 16 will reveal even this unto you. However, as far as we have reached, let us walk therein *.
Brethren, be joint-imitators of me t, and mark those 18 that walk so as ye have us for an example. For many
walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell
even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of 19 Christ; whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly,
and whose glory is in their shame: who mind earthly 20 things. For our citizenship I is in heaven ; whence we 21 look also for our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ; who
will change our debased body, that it may be of like form with his glorious body, according to the working by
which he is able even to subject all things to himself. Ch.Wherefore, my brethren beloved and greatly desired, my joy and crown, thus stand firmly in the Lord, my be
loved. 2 I beseech Euodia, and 1 beseech Syntyché, to be of 3 the same mind in the Lord. And I entreat thee also,
true companion, help these women, that have laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with mine other fellow-labourers, whose names are in the book of
life. 4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your mildness § be known to all men. The Lord is 6 near. Take no anxious thought for any thing; but in
every thing let your requests be made known to God by 7 prayer and supplication and thanksgiving. And that
peace with God, which exceedeth all comprehension, 8 will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally,
* let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing, R. T.
brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are grave, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are kind, whatsoever things
are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be 9 any praise, think on these things. The things which ye
have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in
me, do : and the God of peace will be with you. 10 But I have rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at
length your care of me hath revived; wherein ye were 11 careful also before, but wanted opportunity. Not that I
speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in what12 soever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both
how to be brought low, and I know how to abound:
always, and in all things, I am instructed both to be full 13 and to be hungry, both to abound and to want : I can 14 do all things through him * who strengtheneth me. How.
ever, ye have done well, that ye jointly contributed to 15 relieve my affliction. Now, Philippians, ye also knowt
that, in the beginning of my preaching the gospel, when I was departed | fronı Macedonia, no church had inter
course with me, as concerning giving and receiving, but 16 ye only: and that s in Thessalonica ye sent, once and 17 a second time also, relief to my necessity. Not that I
further desire a gist: but I further desire fruit which may 18 abound to your account. But I have every thing, and
abound: I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet
smell, au acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply all your wants, according to bis 20 riches in glory, through Christ Jesus. Now unto our
God, and Father, be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
* through Christ, &c. R. T.
$ for even, N. See Paley, p. 263. The Philippians sent contributions to the apos le, both at Corinth and Thessalonica. See 2 Cor. xi. 8, 9.
21 Salute every one that is holy through Christ Jesus. The 22 brethren that are with me salute you. All the saints sa
lute you; chiefly those that are of Cæsar's household * 23 The favour of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
* Or, family. N. m.
CH A P. I.
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, 2 and Timothy our brother, to the holy and faithful bre
thren in Christ that are at Colossé: favour be unto you,
and peace, from God our Father. * 3 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord 4 Jesus Christ, (praying always for you, since we heard of 5 your faith in Christ Jesus, and of your love to all the
saints,) because of the hope which is laid up for you
in heaven, of which ye have heard before in the true 6 doctrinet of the gospel I; which is come to you, as it is
in all the world also ; and bringeth forth fruit, and in
creaseth ; even as it doth among you since the day ye 7 heard of it, and knew the favour of God in truth ; as ye
have learned [also] from Epaphras our beloved fellow8 servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; who hath declared also to us your love in your spirit.
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, cease not to pray for you, and to ask that ye may be filled with
* and from the Lord Jesus Christ, R. T. + Gr. word of truth, N. m.
| as it bringeth forth fruit and increaseth in all the world also, even as among you, MSS. N. m.