Philippians 3:18
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.

Berean Study Bible
For as I have often told you before, and now say again even with tears: Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.

Berean Literal Bible
For many are walking--of whom I have told you often and now I say even weeping--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,

New 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:

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:

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.

Contemporary English Version
I often warned you that many people are living as enemies of the cross of Christ. And now with tears in my eyes, I warn you again

Good News Translation
I have told you this many times before, and now I repeat it with tears: there are many whose lives make them enemies of Christ's death on the cross.

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.

New Heart 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,

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.

New American Standard 1977
For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are 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!
Study Bible
Citizenship in Heaven
17Join one another in following my example, brothers, and carefully observe those who walk according to the pattern we set for you. 18For as I have often told you before, and now declare even with tears: Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and their glory is in their shame. Their minds are set on earthly things.…
Cross References
Acts 20:31
Therefore be alert and remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.

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

Galatians 6:14
But as for me, 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 spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,

Daniel 4:37
Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

Galatians 2:14
But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

I have.

1 Corinthians 6:9
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

Galatians 5:21
Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Ephesians 5:5,6
For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God…

even.

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

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

Jeremiah 9:1
Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!

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; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

Galatians 1:7
Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.







Lexicon
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

[as]
οὓς (hous)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

I have often told
ἔλεγον (elegon)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2036: Answer, bid, bring word, command. A primary verb; to speak or say.

you {before},
ὑμῖν (hymin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

and
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

now
νῦν (nyn)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3568: A primary particle of present time; 'now'; also as noun or adjective present or immediate.

declare
λέγω (legō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

even
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

with tears:
κλαίων (klaiōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2799: To weep, weep for, mourn, lament. Of uncertain affinity; to sob, i.e. Wail aloud.

Many
πολλοὶ (polloi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4183: Much, many; often.

live
περιπατοῦσιν (peripatousin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4043: From peri and pateo; to tread all around, i.e. Walk at large; figuratively, to live, deport oneself, follow.

[as] enemies
ἐχθροὺς (echthrous)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2190: Hated, hostile; subst: an enemy. From a primary echtho; hateful; usually as a noun, an adversary.

of the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

cross
σταυροῦ (staurou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4716: A cross.

of Christ.
Χριστοῦ (Christou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5547: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
(18) Even weeping.--The especial sorrow, we cannot doubt, lay in this, that the Antinomian profligacy sheltered itself under his own preaching of liberty and of the superiority of the Spirit to the Law.

The enemies of the cross of Christ.--Here again (as in the application of the epithet "dogs" in Philippians 3:2) St. Paul seems to retort on those whom he rebuked a name which they may probably have given to their opponents. The Judaising tenets were, indeed, in a true sense, an enmity to that cross, which was "to the Jews a stumbling-block," because, as St. Paul shows at large in the Galatian and Roman Epistles, they trenched upon faith in the all-sufficient atonement, and so (as he expresses it with startling emphasis) made Christ to "be dead in vain." But the doctrine of the Cross has two parts, distinct, yet inseparable. There is the cross which He alone bore for us, of which it is our comfort to know that we need only believe in it, and cannot share it. There is also the cross which we are "to take up and follow Him" (Matthew 10:38; Matthew 16:24), in the "fellowship of His sufferings and conformity to His death," described above (Philippians 3:10-11). St. Paul unites both in the striking passage which closes his Galatian Epistle (Galatians 6:14). He says, "God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ!" but he adds, "whereby the world is crucified unto me, and I to the world." Under cover, perhaps, of absolute acceptance of the one form of this great doctrine, the Antinomian party, "continuing in sin that grace might abound," were, in respect of the other, "enemies of the cross of Christ."

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. 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.
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