Philippians 3:2
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Watch out for those people who behave like dogs! They are evil and want to do more than just circumcise you.

Good News Translation
Watch out for those who do evil things, those dogs, those who insist on cutting the body.

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!

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

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—…
Cross References
Psalm 22:16
For dogs surround me; a band of evil men encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet.

Psalm 22:20
Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of wild dogs.

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 returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

Isaiah 56:10,11
His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber…

Matthew 7:6,15
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you…

evil.

Philippians 3:19
Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

Psalm 119:115
Depart from me, ye 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 in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? …

the.

Philippians 3:3
For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Romans 2:28
For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

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







Lexicon
Watch out for
Βλέπετε (Blepete)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 991: (primarily physical), I look, see, perceive, discern. A primary verb; to look at.

those
τοὺς (tous)
Article - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

dogs,
κύνας (kynas)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2965: A dog, universally despised in the East. A primary word; a dog.

those
τοὺς (tous)
Article - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

workers
ἐργάτας (ergatas)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2040: A field-laborer; then: a laborer, workman in general. From ergon; a toiler; figuratively, a teacher.

of evil,
κακοὺς (kakous)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2556: Bad, evil, in the widest sense. Apparently a primary word; worthless, i.e. depraved, or injurious.

those
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine 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.

mutilators of the flesh!
κατατομήν (katatomēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2699: A mutilation, spoiling. From a compound of kata and temno; a cutting down, i.e. Mutilation.
(2) Beware of (the) dogs.--In Revelation 22:15 "the dogs" excluded from the heavenly Jerusalem seem to be those who are impure. In that sense the Jews applied the word to the heathen, as our Lord, for a moment appearing to follow the Jewish usage, does to the Syro-Ph?nician woman in Matthew 15:26. But here the context appropriates the word to the Judaising party, who claimed special purity, ceremonial and moral, and who probably were not characterised by peculiar impurity--such as, indeed, below (Philippians 3:17-21) would seem rather to attach to the Antinomian party, probably the extreme on the other side. Chrysostom's hint that the Apostle means to retort the name upon them, as now by their own wilful apostasy occupying the place outside the spiritual Israel which once belonged to the despised Gentiles, is probably right. Yet perhaps there may be some allusion to the dogs, not as unclean, but as, especially in their half-wild state in the East, snarling and savage, driving off as interlopers all who approach what they consider their ground. Nothing could better describe the narrow Judaising spirit.

Of evil workers.--Comp. 2Corinthians 11:13, describing the Judaisers as "deceitful workers." Here the idea is of their energy in work, but work for evil.

The concision.--By an ironical play upon words St. Paul declares his refusal to call the circumcision, on which the Judaisers prided themselves, by that time-honoured name; for "we," he says, "are the true circumcision," the true Israel of the new covenant. In Ephesians 2:11 (where see Note) he had denoted it as the "so-called circumcision in the flesh made by hands." Here he speaks more strongly, and calls it a "concision," a mere outward mutilation, no longer, as it had been, a "seal" of the covenant (Romans 4:11). There is a still more startling attack on the advocates of circumcision in Galatians 5:12 (where see Note).

Verse 2. - Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. The connection is, as given in ver. 3, Rejoice in the Lord, not in the flesh; have confidence in him, not in the ceremonies of the Jewish Law. Compare the same contrast in Galatians 6:13, 14. There is certainly something abrupt in the sudden introduction of this polemic against Judaizing, especially in writing to Philippi, where there were not many Jews. But there may have been circumstances, unknown to us, which made the warning necessary; or, as some think, the apostle may have written this under excitement caused by the violent opposition of the Jewish faction at Rome. Beware; literally, mark, observe them, to be on your guard against them. The dogs. The article must be retained in the translation. The Jews called the Gentiles "dogs" (comp. Matthew 15:26, 27; Revelation 22:15), i.e. unclean, mainly because of their disregard of the distinction between clean and unclean food. St. Paul retorts the epithet: they are the dogs, who have confidence in the flesh, not in spiritual religion. Evil workers; so 2 Corinthians 11:13, where he calls them "deceitful workers." The Judaizers were active enough, like the Pharisees who "compassed sea and land to make one proselyte;" but their activity sprang from bad motives - they were evil workers, though their work was sometimes overruled for good (comp. Philippians 1:15-18). The concision (κατατομή, cutting, mutilation); a contemptuous word for "circumcision" (περιτομή). Compare the Jewish contemptuous use of Isbosheth, man of shame, for Eshbaal, man of Baal, etc. Their circumcision is no better than a mutilation. Observe the paronomasia, the combination of like-sounding words, which is common in St. Paul's Epistles. Winer gives many examples in sect. lxviii. 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.
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