Philippians 3:6
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.

Berean Study Bible
as to zeal, persecuting the church; as to righteousness under the Law, faultless.

Berean Literal Bible
according to zeal, persecuting the church; according to righteousness in the Law, having become faultless.

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.

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

Contemporary English Version
And I was so eager I even made trouble for the church. I did everything the Law demands in order to please God.

Good News Translation
and I was so zealous that I persecuted the church. As far as a person can be righteous by obeying the commands of the Law, I was without fault.

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.

New Heart English Bible
concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, found 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.

New American Standard 1977
as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.

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!
Study Bible
Righteousness through Faith
5circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin; a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, persecuting the church; as to righteousness under the Law, faultless. 7But whatever was an asset to me I count as loss for the sake of Christ.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 7:16
Do not be overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself?

Luke 1:6
They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and decrees of the Lord.

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

Acts 22:3
"I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but raised in this city. I was educated at the feet of Gamaliel in strict conformity to the Law of our fathers. I am just as zealous for God as any of you here today.

Acts 22:4
I persecuted this Way even to the death, detaining both men and women and throwing them into prison,

Acts 22:5
as the high priest and the whole Council can testify about me. I even obtained letters from them to their brothers in Damascus, and I was on my way to apprehend these people and bring them to Jerusalem to be punished.

Acts 26:9
So then, I too was convinced that I ought to do all I could to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

1 Corinthians 10:32
Do not become a stumbling block, whether to Jews or Greeks or the church of God,

Philippians 2:15
so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine as lights in the world

Philippians 3:9
and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness 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 unto them; (now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the children of Israel had sworn unto them: and Saul sought to slay them in his zeal to the children of Israel and Judah.)

2 Kings 10:16
And he said, Come with me, and see my zeal for the LORD. So they made him ride in his chariot.

Acts 21:20
And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:

persecuting.

Acts 8:3
As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

Acts 9:1
And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

Acts 22:3,4
I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day…

touching.

Matthew 5:20
For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 23:25
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

Mark 10:20,21
And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth…







Lexicon
as to
κατὰ (kata)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 2596: A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined).

zeal,
ζῆλος (zēlos)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2205: From zeo; properly, heat, i.e. 'zeal' (figuratively, of God), or an enemy, malice).

persecuting
διώκων (diōkōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1377: To pursue, hence: I persecute. A prolonged form of a primary verb dio; to pursue; by implication, to persecute.

the
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.

church;
ἐκκλησίαν (ekklēsian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1577: From a compound of ek and a derivative of kaleo; a calling out, i.e. a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation.

as to
κατὰ (kata)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 2596: A primary particle; down, in varied relations (genitive, dative or accusative) with which it is joined).

righteousness
δικαιοσύνην (dikaiosynēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1343: From dikaios; equity; specially justification.

under
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

[the] Law,
νόμῳ (nomō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3551: From a primary nemo; law, genitive case, specially, (including the volume); also of the Gospel), or figuratively.

faultless.
ἄμεμπτος (amemptos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 273: Blameless, free from fault or defect. Irreproachable.
(6) Concerning zeal, persecuting the church.--The word "zeal" (as in Acts 22:3) is probably used almost technically to describe his adhesion to the principles of the "Zealots," who, following the example of Phinehas, were for "executing judgment" at once on all heathens as traitors, ready alike to slay or to be slain for the Law. He shows how in this he departed from the teaching of Gamaliel, when he was "exceedingly mad against" the Christians, and "persecuted them even unto strange cities."

Touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.--The "righteousness in Law," which our Lord called "the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees" (Matthew 5:20), is the righteousness according to rule, in which a man, like the rich young ruler, might think himself "blameless," and even hope to go beyond it in "counsels of perfection"--not the righteousness according to principle, which can never fulfil or satisfy itself. While St. Paul confined himself to the lower form of righteousness, he could feel himself "blameless;" but when he began to discern this higher righteousness in the Law, then, he felt the terrible condemnation of the Law, on which he dwells so emphatically in Romans 7:7-12.

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.) 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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