Philippians 3:6
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New International Version
as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.

New Living Translation
I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault.

English Standard Version
as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.

New American Standard Bible
as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.

King James Bible
Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
regarding zeal, persecuting the church; regarding the righteousness that is in the law, blameless.

International Standard Version
As for my zeal, I was a persecutor of the church. As far as righteousness in the Law is concerned, I was blameless.

NET Bible
In my zeal for God I persecuted the church. According to the righteousness stipulated in the law I was blameless.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In zeal, a persecutor of the church, in righteousness of The Written Law I was without indictment.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When it comes to being enthusiastic, I was a persecutor of the church. When it comes to winning God's approval by keeping Jewish laws, I was perfect.

Jubilee Bible 2000
concerning zeal, a persecutor of the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones}; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

King James 2000 Bible
Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

American King James Version
Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

American Standard Version
as touching zeal, persecuting the church; as touching the righteousness which is in the law, found blameless.

Douay-Rheims Bible
According to zeal, persecuting the church of God; according to the justice that is in the law, conversing without blame.

Darby Bible Translation
as to zeal, persecuting the assembly; as to righteousness which [is] in [the] law, found blameless;

English Revised Version
as touching zeal, persecuting the church; as touching the righteousness which is in the law, found blameless.

Webster's Bible Translation
Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; with respect to the righteousness which is by the law, blameless.

Weymouth New Testament
as to zeal, a persecutor of the Church; as to the righteousness which comes through Law, blameless.

World English Bible
concerning zeal, persecuting the assembly; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, found blameless.

Young's Literal Translation
according to zeal persecuting the assembly! according to righteousness that is in law becoming blameless!
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - Concerning zeal, persecuting the Church. He was not only a Pharisee, but an energetic, zealous Pharisee; he carried out the principles of his sect, thinking that he did God service by persecuting those whom he counted as heretics. Touching the righteousness which is in the Law, blameless. As far as "the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees" went, the righteousness which is "in Law," which consists, that is, in the observance of formal rules; or which is "of Law" (ver. 9), which springs, that is, from such observance, St. Paul was found blameless. "Rara sane laus et prope singularis," says Calvin, quoted by Alford; "videamus tureen quanti eam fecerit." (For the whole of this passage, comp. 2 Corinthians 11:21, 22.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Concerning zeal, persecuting the church,.... The Vulgate Latin version adds, "of God", as in Galatians 1:13. The apostle was very zealous of the traditions of the elders, and for the law of God, and towards God also; though his zeal was not according to knowledge, but blind, ignorant, and furious; which pushed him on to persecute the followers of Christ, and the church of Christ at Jerusalem more especially, in a very violent and outrageous manner; he held the clothes of those that stoned Stephen, Acts 7:58; he consented unto his death, Acts 8:1; he made havoc of the church at Jerusalem, haling men and women to prison, Acts 8:3; he continued breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of Christ, Acts 9:1; gave his voice against them when put to death, punished them frequently in the synagogues by scourging them, Acts 26:10, and compelled them to blaspheme the name of Christ; was exceeding mad against them, pursued them to strange cities, Acts 26:11, and persecuted the church of God exceedingly, more than anyone single person besides,

Touching the righteousness which is in, the law, blameless. This he mentions last, as including the whole of his righteousness, civil, ceremonial, and moral; and which he fancied was so perfect, that whatever righteousness was in the law, or required by it, he had it, and to such a degree, that he was blameless before God and men; that he was justified by it in the sight of God, and could not justly be found fault with by any, or be charged with any defect in his obedience, either to the moral or ceremonial law; which must arise from great ignorance of the righteousness of God, and the strictness of his justice, and of the law of God, and the purity, spirituality, and extent of it, which reaches to the thoughts of the heart, and the first motions of sin; and of himself, the plague of his own heart, of the sin of lust, and of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, in every instance of it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. Concerning—Translate as before and after, "As touching Zeal" (compare Ac 22:3; 26:9).

blameless—Greek, "having become blameless" as to ceremonial righteousness: having attained in the eyes of man blameless legal perfection. As to the holiness before God, which is the inner and truest spirit of the law, and which flows from "the righteousness of God by faith," he on the contrary declares (Php 3:12-14) that he has not attained perfection.

Philippians 3:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Righteousness through Faith
5circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 7:16
Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise-- why destroy yourself?

Luke 1:6
Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commands and decrees blamelessly.

Acts 8:3
But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.

Acts 22:3
"I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors. I was just as zealous for God as any of you are today.

Acts 22:4
I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison,

Acts 22:5
as the high priest and all the Council can themselves testify. I even obtained letters from them to their associates in Damascus, and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished.

Acts 26:9
"I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

1 Corinthians 10:32
Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God--

Philippians 2:15
so that you may become blameless and pure, "children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation." Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky

Philippians 3:9
and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.
Treasury of Scripture

Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

zeal.

2 Samuel 21:2 And the king called the Gibeonites, and said to them; (now the Gibeonites …

2 Kings 10:16 And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD. So they …

Acts 21:20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said to him, …

Romans 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according …

Galatians 1:13,14 For you have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, …

persecuting.

Acts 8:3 As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering into every house, …

Acts 9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the …

Acts 22:3,4 I am truly a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, …

Acts 26:9,10 I truly thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary …

1 Corinthians 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called …

1 Timothy 1:13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but …

touching.

Matthew 5:20 For I say to you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the …

Matthew 23:25 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you make clean …

Mark 10:20,21 And he answered and said to him, Master, all these have I observed …

Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments …

Acts 26:5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after …

Romans 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, …

Romans 9:31,32 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, has not …

Romans 10:2-5 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according …

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