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Philippians 3:8

Context
3:8 More than that, I now regard all things as liabilities compared to the far greater value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things – indeed, I regard them as dung! 1  – that I may gain Christ,

Philippians 3:10

Context
3:10 My aim is to know him, 2  to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings, 3  and to be like him in his death,

1 tn The word here translated “dung” was often used in Greek as a vulgar term for fecal matter. As such it would most likely have had a certain shock value for the readers. This may well be Paul’s meaning here, especially since the context is about what the flesh produces.

2 tn The articular infinitive τοῦ γνῶναι (tou gnwnai, “to know”) here expresses purpose. The words “My aim is” have been supplied in the translation to emphasize this nuance and to begin a new sentence (shorter sentences are more appropriate for English style).

3 tn Grk “to know him, the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings.”



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