But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.…
Porphyry, the philosopher, said that it was a pity that such a man as Paul was thrown away upon our religion. And the monarch of Morocco told the English ambassador in King John's time that he had lately read Paul's Epistles, which he liked so well that were he now to choose his religion, he would before any other embrace Christianity. "But every one ought," said he, "to die in his own religion"; and the leaving of the faith in which he was born was the only thing he disliked in that apostle.
Parallel VersesKJV: But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.