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To write the same things; to repeat the cautions and instructions which he had given them when present.--Is not grievous; is not painful.
Dogs; a reproachful term, designating arrogant and dangerous men.--The concision; the spirit which insisted upon the spiritual efficacy of the Jewish rite of circumcision.
We are the circumcision; that is, the true children of Abraham, and people of God. The term is used in a similar manner in Romans 2:28,Romans 2:29.--No confidence in the flesh; no trust in such outward bodily rites.
The eighth day; the regular time appointed by the law. (Genesis 17:12.)
Concerning zeal; in respect to zeal.--The righteousness which is in the law; the fulfilment of all the outward Mosaic rites.
Were gain to me; were prized and valued.
But loss for, &c.; of no value in comparison with.
Know--the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings; experience the powerful influences of his resurrection, and share his sufferings.--Being made conformable unto his death;--ready to follow him in his death.
Were already perfect; had perfected or completed my course so as to attain the final reward.--Apprehend; receive.
I count not; I consider not.
As many as be perfect; all those whose Christian characters are advanced and mature.--Be otherwise minded; if they have not attained to the views above inculcated.
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