Philippians 3:18
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New International Version
For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.

New Living Translation
For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ.

English Standard Version
For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.

New American Standard Bible
For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ,

King James Bible
(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:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For I have often told you, and now say again with tears, that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.

International Standard Version
For I have often told you, and now tell you even with tears, that many live as enemies of the cross of the Messiah.

NET Bible
For many live, about whom I have often told you, and now, with tears, I tell you that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For many who walk differently, about whom I have told you many times, but now as I weep, I say that they are the enemies of the cross of The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have often told you, and now tell you with tears in my eyes, that many live as the enemies of the cross of Christ.

Jubilee Bible 2000
(For many walk, of whom I have told you often and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross {Gr. stauros – stake} of Christ;

King James 2000 Bible
(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:

American King James Version
(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:

American Standard Version
For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For many walk, of whom I have told you often (and now tell you weeping), that they are enemies of the cross of Christ;

Darby Bible Translation
(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:

English Revised Version
For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

Webster's Bible Translation
(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:

Weymouth New Testament
For there are many whom I have often described to you, and I now even with tears describe them, as being enemies to the Cross of Christ.

World English Bible
For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, as the enemies of the cross of Christ,

Young's Literal Translation
for many walk of whom many times I told you -- and now also weeping tell -- the enemies of the cross of the Christ!
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:12-21 This simple dependence and earnestness of soul, were not mentioned as if the apostle had gained the prize, or were already made perfect in the Saviour's likeness. He forgot the things which were behind, so as not to be content with past labours or present measures of grace. He reached forth, stretched himself forward towards his point; expressions showing great concern to become more and more like unto Christ. He who runs a race, must never stop short of the end, but press forward as fast as he can; so those who have heaven in their view, must still press forward to it, in holy desires and hopes, and constant endeavours. Eternal life is the gift of God, but it is in Christ Jesus; through his hand it must come to us, as it is procured for us by him. There is no getting to heaven as our home, but by Christ as our Way. True believers, in seeking this assurance, as well as to glorify him, will seek more nearly to resemble his sufferings and death, by dying to sin, and by crucifying the flesh with its affections and lusts. In these things there is a great difference among real Christians, but all know something of them. Believers make Christ all in all, and set their hearts upon another world. If they differ from one another, and are not of the same judgment in lesser matters, yet they must not judge one another; while they all meet now in Christ, and hope to meet shortly in heaven. Let them join in all the great things in which they are agreed, and wait for further light as to lesser things wherein they differ. The enemies of the cross of Christ mind nothing but their sensual appetites. Sin is the sinner's shame, especially when gloried in. The way of those who mind earthly things, may seem pleasant, but death and hell are at the end of it. If we choose their way, we shall share their end. The life of a Christian is in heaven, where his Head and his home are, and where he hopes to be shortly; he sets his affections upon things above; and where his heart is, there will his conversation be. There is glory kept for the bodies of the saints, in which they will appear at the resurrection. Then the body will be made glorious; not only raised again to life, but raised to great advantage. Observe the power by which this change will be wrought. May we be always prepared for the coming of our Judge; looking to have our vile bodies changed by his Almighty power, and applying to him daily to new-create our souls unto holiness; to deliver us from our enemies, and to employ our bodies and souls as instruments of righteousness in his service.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - 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; rather, I used to tell you; the tense is imperfect. He used to speak thus of them when he was at Philippi; now, during his absence, the evil has increased, and he repeats his warning with tears. "Paul weeps," says Chrysostom, "for those at whom others laugh; so true is his sympathy, so deep his care for all men." He seems to be speaking here, not of the Jews, but of nominal Christians, who used their liberty for a cloke of licentiousness. Such are enemies of the cross; they hate sell-denial, they will not take up their cross. By their evil lives they bring shame upon the religion of the cross.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For many walk,.... "otherwise", as the Syriac version adds; and which truly explains the words, and gives the sense; they walked not as the apostle and his followers; they walked as men, as carnal men, 1 Corinthians 3:3, according to the course of the world, after their ungodly lusts, Ephesians 2:2; or according to the rites and ceremonies of the Mosaic dispensation, and not uprightly, and according to the truth of the Gospel: and there were many that walked so; the road both of profaneness and error is a broad one, and many walk therein, which makes it the more dangerous; the examples of many have great force, though a multitude is not to be followed to do evil; the conversation of a great part of professors is not to be imitated; the few names in Sardis that have not defiled their garments with error or immorality should be marked for ensamples, Revelation 3:4, and the majority shunned:

of whom I have told you often; both when present among them by word of mouth, and when absent from them by writing; for the apostle was a faithful watchman and monitor to this church, and to all the churches, the care of which lay upon him; and diligent he was to warn them against false teachers, whose doctrines and practices he knew were of pernicious consequence:

and now tell you even weeping; partly on account of those evil men, whose state and condition, notwithstanding their profession, was very bad; and partly on account of the glory of God and Christ, and the honour of religion, which suffered much through them; and also on account of the Philippians, lest they should be drawn aside by them; and because they had taken so little notice of his frequent cautions and advice: and that they might the better know the men he spoke of, and avoid them, he describes them by the following characters,

that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ; not that, though they might be Jews, they were like the unbelieving Jews, who were open and implacable enemies of a crucified Christ, called Jesus accursed, and anathematized him and his followers, and to whom the preaching of Christ crucified was an offence and stumblingblock, 1 Corinthians 1:23; for these were professors of Christ, and pretended to preach Christ, and him crucified: nor were they such heretics that denied that Christ really assumed human nature, and was really crucified and died; and affirmed that all this was only in appearance, or that an image was hung upon the cross for him, or Simon the Cyrenian was crucified in his room, as some have thought, which was the heresy of Simon Magus, and his disciple Basilides: nor is the sense that they were averse to the crucifixion of the affections with the lusts, though this seems to be their true character, since they were sensual, and minded earthly things; but the meaning is, that they disliked the cross of Christ; they were unwilling to take it up for his sake, and follow him; they studied all ways and means to shun it; they ingratiated themselves into the affections of the unbelieving Jews, by complying with the ceremonies of the law, and bearing hard upon the apostle and his ministry, that so they might not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ; and besides, by enjoining circumcision and an observance of the law as necessary to salvation, they, as much as in them lay, made void the efficacy of the cross and death of Christ, and made that and him unprofitable, and of no effect to the souls of men; and were both doctrinally and practically enemies of the cross of Christ: and so all such professors of Christ, who walk not according to the Gospel, though they are not open and direct enemies to the Gospel, which is the preaching of the cross, yet they are secret and indirect ones, and oftentimes do more mischief to it by their lives, than the keenest adversaries of it can by their pens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. many walk—in such a manner. Follow not evildoers, because they are "many" (Ex 23:2). Their numbers are rather a presumption against their being Christ's "little flock" (Lu 12:32).

often—There is need of constant warning.

weeping—(Ro 9:2). A hard tone in speaking of the inconsistencies of professors is the very opposite of Paul's spirit, and David's (Ps 119:136), and Jeremiah's (Jer 13:17). The Lord and His apostles, at the same time, speak more strongly against empty professors (as the Pharisees), than against open scoffers.

enemies of the cross of Christ—in their practice, not in doctrine (Ga 6:14; Heb 6:6; 10:29).

Philippians 3:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Citizenship in Heaven
17Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. 18For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, 19whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.…
Cross References
Acts 20:31
So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.

2 Corinthians 11:13
For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ.

Galatians 6:14
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Treasury of Scripture

(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:

many.

Isaiah 8:11 For the LORD spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed …

Daniel 4:37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, …

Galatians 2:14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth …

Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you from now …

2 Thessalonians 3:11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, …

2 Peter 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, …

Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, …

I have.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of …

Galatians 5:21 Contentions, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the …

Ephesians 5:5,6 For this you know, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous …

1 Thessalonians 4:6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because …

even.

Philippians 1:4 Always in every prayer of my for you all making request with joy,

Psalm 119:136 Rivers of waters run down my eyes, because they keep not your law.

Jeremiah 9:1 Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears…

Jeremiah 13:17 But if you will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places …

Luke 19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,

Acts 20:19,30,31 Serving the LORD with all humility of mind, and with many tears, …

Romans 9:2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.

2 Corinthians 2:4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with …

2 Corinthians 11:29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?

enemies.

Philippians 1:15,16 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will…

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; …

Galatians 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would …

Galatians 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by …

Galatians 6:12 As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, they constrain …

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