1Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.2Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!3For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,4though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so:5circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee;6concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.7But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.8Yet indeed I also count all things loss 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
7Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by Him; and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead,8and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen again.9Herod said, "John I have beheaded, but who is this of whom I hear such things?" So he sought to see Him.10And the apostles, when they had returned, told Him all that they had done. Then He took them and went aside privately into a deserted place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.11But when the multitudes knew it, they followed Him; and He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing.