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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. III. Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write
the same things to you is not grievous to me, and is safe for you. Beware of dogs, beware of evil-doers, beware of the concision. For we are the circumcision, who worship God with our spirit, and glory in Christ 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 : circumcised the eighth day, of the race of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the justification which can arise by the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for the sake of Christ. Yea doubtless, 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 refuse + 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 to his death; if by any means I might come to the resurrection of the dead. I say not that I have already attained, or am already perfected: but I follow after, if indeed I may apprehend that for which I have been apprehended also by Christs. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but one thing I do; forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth to those things which are before, I press toward the goal,
* trust, No, + dung, N. See N. m. - : by Christ Jesus, R. T.
for the prize of the heavenly calling of God by Christ
Ch. Wherefore, my brethren beloved and greatly desired, my
joy and crown, thus stand firmly in the Lord, my beloved. I beseech Euodia, and 1 beseech Syntyché, to be of 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. Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your mildness S be known to all men. The Lord is near. Take no anxious thought for any thing; but in every thing let your requests be made known to God by prayer and supplication and thanksgiving. And that peace with God, which exceedeth all comprehension, 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. + Or, Beye together intators of me, Wakefield.
: Or, right of citizenship, N. m.
$ reasonableness, Wakefield.
brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things
# through Christ, &c. R. T.
§ for even, N. See Paley, p. 263. The Philippians sent contributions to the
21 Salute every one that is holy through Christ Jesus. The
22 brethren that are with me salute you. All the saints salute you; chiefly those that are of Caesar's household *.
23 The favour of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
* * Or, family. N. m.
PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the holy and faithful brethren in Christ that are at Colossé: favour be unto you, and peace, from God our Father.” We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, (praying always for you, since we heard of 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 doctrinet of the gospelt; which is come to you, as it is in all the world also ; and bringeth forth fruit, and increaseth; even as it doth among you since the day ye heard of it, and knew the favour of God in truth; as ye have learned [also) from Epaphras our beloved fellowservant, 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. t as it bringeth forth fruit and increaseth in all the world also, even as among you, MSS. N. m.