1Finally, my brethren, 1rejoice in the Lord. To write the samethings again is notrouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you.
2Beware of the 2dogs, beware of the 3evilworkers, beware of the afalsecircumcision;
for 4we are the true bcircumcision, who 5worship in the Spirit of God and 6glory in 7ChristJesus and putnoconfidence in the flesh,
4although8I myself might haveconfidenceeven in the flesh. Ifanyoneelsehas a mind to putconfidence in the flesh, I far more:
59circumcised the eighthday, of the 10nation of Israel, of the 11tribe of Benjamin, a 12Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, 13a Pharisee;
as to zeal, 14a persecutor of the church; as to the 15righteousness which is in the Law, found16blameless.
But 17whateverthings were gain to me, thosethings I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
8Morethan that, I countallthings to be losscin view of the surpassingvalue of d18knowing19ChristJesus my Lord, efor whom I have suffered the loss of allthings, and count them but rubbishso that I may gainChrist,
and may be found in Him, not having20a righteousness of my ownderived from the Law, but that which is throughfaith in Christ, 21the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,
that I may 22know Him and 23the power of His resurrection and f24the fellowship of His sufferings, being 25conformed to His death;
11gin order that I may 26attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already27obtained it or have already28become perfect, but I press on hso that I may 29layhold of that ifor which also I 30was laidhold of by 31ChristJesus.
13Brethren, I do not regardmyself as having laidhold of it yet; but onething I do: 32forgetting what lies behind and reachingforward to what lies ahead,
I 33press on toward the goal for the prize of the 34upwardcall of God in 35ChristJesus.
Let us therefore, as many as are j36perfect, havethisattitude; and if in anything you have a 37differentattitude, 38God will reveal that also to you;
16however, let us keep k39living by that same standard to which we have attained.