Philippians 3:2
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh.

New Living Translation
Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved.

English Standard Version
Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh.

Berean Study Bible
Watch out for those dogs, those workers of evil, those mutilators of the flesh!

Berean Literal Bible
Beware of the dogs! Beware of the evil workers! Beware of the false circumcision!

New American Standard Bible
Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision;

King James Bible
Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Watch out for "dogs," watch out for evil workers, watch out for those who mutilate the flesh.

International Standard Version
Beware of the dogs! Beware of the evil workers! Beware of the mutilators!

NET Bible
Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of those who mutilate the flesh!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Beware of dogs; beware of evildoers; beware of the circumcisers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Beware of dogs! Beware of those who do evil things. Beware of those who insist on circumcision.

New American Standard 1977
Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

King James 2000 Bible
Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilators.

American King James Version
Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

American Standard Version
Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the concision:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

Darby Bible Translation
See to dogs, see to evil workmen, see to the concision.

English Revised Version
Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the concision:

Webster's Bible Translation
Beware of dogs, beware of evil-workers, beware of the concision.

Weymouth New Testament
Beware of 'the dogs,' the bad workmen, the self-mutilators.

World English Bible
Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision.

Young's Literal Translation
look to the dogs, look to the evil-workers, look to the concision;
Study Bible
Righteousness through Faith
1Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. 2Watch out for those dogs, those workers of evil, those mutilators of the flesh! 3For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh—…
Word Study

(primarily physical), I look, see, perceive, discern. A primary verb; to look at.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

A dog, universally despised in the East. A primary word; a dog.

(primarily physical), I look, see, perceive, discern. A primary verb; to look at.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Bad, evil, in the widest sense. Apparently a primary word; worthless, i.e. depraved, or injurious.

A field-laborer; then: a laborer, workman in general. From ergon; a toiler; figuratively, a teacher.

(primarily physical), I look, see, perceive, discern. A primary verb; to look at.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

false circumcision!
katatomēn (N-AFS)
A mutilation, spoiling. From a compound of kata and temno; a cutting down, i.e. Mutilation.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:1-11 Sincere Christians rejoice in Christ Jesus. The prophet calls the false prophets dumb dogs, Isa 56:10; to which the apostle seems to refer. Dogs, for their malice against faithful professors of the gospel of Christ, barking at them and biting them. They urged human works in opposition to the faith of Christ; but Paul calls them evil-workers. He calls them the concision; as they rent the church of Christ, and cut it to pieces. The work of religion is to no purpose, unless the heart is in it, and we must worship God in the strength and grace of the Divine Spirit. They rejoice in Christ Jesus, not in mere outward enjoyments and performances. Nor can we too earnestly guard against those who oppose or abuse the doctrine of free salvation. If the apostle would have gloried and trusted in the flesh, he had as much cause as any man. But the things which he counted gain while a Pharisee, and had reckoned up, those he counted loss for Christ. The apostle did not persuade them to do any thing but what he himself did; or to venture on any thing but that on which he himself ventured his never-dying soul. He deemed all these things to be but loss, compared with the knowledge of Christ, by faith in his person and salvation. He speaks of all worldly enjoyments and outward privileges which sought a place with Christ in his heart, or could pretend to any merit and desert, and counted them but loss; but it might be said, It is easy to say so; but what would he do when he came to the trial? He had suffered the loss of all for the privileges of a Christian. Nay, he not only counted them loss, but the vilest refuse, offals thrown to dogs; not only less valuable than Christ, but in the highest degree contemptible, when set up as against him. True knowledge of Christ alters and changes men, their judgments and manners, and makes them as if made again anew. The believer prefers Christ, knowing that it is better for us to be without all worldly riches, than without Christ and his word. Let us see what the apostle resolved to cleave to, and that was Christ and heaven. We are undone, without righteousness wherein to appear before God, for we are guilty. There is a righteousness provided for us in Jesus Christ, and it is a complete and perfect righteousness. None can have benefit by it, who trust in themselves. Faith is the appointed means of applying the saving benefit. It is by faith in Christ's blood. We are made conformable to Christ's death, when we die to sin, as he died for sin; and the world is crucified to us, and we to the world, by the cross of Christ. The apostle was willing to do or to suffer any thing, to attain the glorious resurrection of saints. This hope and prospect carried him through all difficulties in his work. He did not hope to attain it through his own merit and righteousness, but through the merit and righteousness of Jesus Christ.
Cross References
Psalm 22:16
For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.

Psalm 22:20
Deliver my soul from the sword, My only life from the power of the dog.

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

Galatians 5:15
But if you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out, or you will be consumed by each other.

Revelation 22:15
But outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
Treasury of Scripture

Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

of dogs.

Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.

Isaiah 56:10,11 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb …

Matthew 7:6,15 Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast you your pearls …

Matthew 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and …

Galatians 5:15 But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you be not …

2 Timothy 4:14,15 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according …

2 Peter 2:22 But it is happened to them according to the true proverb, The dog …

Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, …

evil.

Philippians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory …

Psalm 119:115 Depart from me, you evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.

Matthew 7:22,23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied …

2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves …

Galatians 5:13 For, brothers, you have been called to liberty; only use not liberty …

1 Timothy 1:19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away …

2 Timothy 3:1-6 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come…

2 Timothy 4:3,4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; …

Titus 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being …

2 Peter 2:18-20 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through …

Jude 1:4,10-13 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old …

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, …

the.

Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and …

Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, …

Galatians 2:3,4 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled …

Galatians 5:1-3,6 Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us …

Revelation 2:9 I know your works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but you are rich) …

Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they …

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