though I myself have reasons for such confidence.1 If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more:
circumcised2 on the eighth day, of the people of Israel,3 of the tribe of Benjamin,4 a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee;56
as for zeal,6 persecuting the church;7 as for legalistic righteousness,8 faultless.
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss9 for the sake of Christ.
What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing10 Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ119
and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law,12 but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness13 that comes from God and is by faith.1410
I want to know15 Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings,16 becoming like him in his death,1711
and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection18 from the dead.