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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

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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

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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.

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for the prize of the heavenly calling of God by Christ
Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect men,
think thus: and if in any thing ye think otherwise, God
will reveal even this unto you. However, as far as we
have reached, let us walk therein *.
Brethren, be joint-imitators of me +, and mark those
that walk so as ye have us for an example. For many
walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you
even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of
Christ; whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly,
and whose glory is in their shame: who mind earthly
things. For our citizenship; is in heaven; whence we
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

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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.

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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
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.
But I have rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at
length your care of me hath revived; wherein ye were
careful also before, but wanted opportunity. Not that I
speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in what-
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
and to be hungry, both to abound and to want: I can
do all things through him * who strengtheneth me. How-
ever, ye have done well, that ye jointly contributed to
relieve my affliction. Now, Philippians, ye also knowł
that, in the beginning of my preaching the gospel, when
I was departed from Macedonia, no church had inter-
course with me, as concerning giving and receiving, but
ye only ; and that $ in Thessalonica ye sent, once and
a second time also, relief to my necessity. Not that I
further desire a gift: but I further desire fruit which may
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, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.
And my God will supply all your wants, according to his
riches in glory, through Christ Jesus. Now unto our
God, and Father, be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

# through Christ, &c. R. T.
+ or, And indeed ye know yourselves, O Philippians, that, &c. Wakefield.
# to you, when I was departing, N.

§ 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.

Amen.

* Or, family. N. m.

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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

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* 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.

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