Philippians 3:4

Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinks that he has reasons he might trust in the flesh, I more:
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
If any other thinketh he may have confidence in the flesh, in being of the Jewish race and of their religion, I more; i.e. I have greater reasons to glory than they have, being circumcised of the stock of Israel But what things as soon as I was miraculously called to the knowledge and faith of Christ. (Witham)

John Chrysostom

AD 407
Suppose Paul had been a Gentile and had condemned circumcision (not circumcision itself but those who underwent it inappropriately). It would then have seemed that he might be demeaning it because he did not have the good fortune to be born a Jew. He would have appeared to be ignorant of lofty things, having no experience of them. But Paul speaks as a Jew. He speaks as one who shares in Jewish culture. He does not despise as a nonparticipant but criticizes as one who has made a reasonable assessment, not in ignorance but with intimate knowledge. .

Tertullian of Carthage

AD 220
But "those things which he had once accounted gain "and which he enumerates in the preceding verse-"trust in the flesh "the sign of "circumcision "his origin as "an Hebrew of the Hebrews "his descent from "the tribe of Benjamin "his dignity in the honours of the Pharisee

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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