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Philippians 3:4-6 The Passion Translation (TPT)

It’s true that I once relied on all that I had become. I had a reason to boast and impress people with my accomplishments—more than others—for my pedigree was impeccable.

The Example of Paul

I was born a true Hebrew of the heritage of Israel[a] as the son of a Jewish man from the tribe of Benjamin.[b] I was circumcised eight days after my birth and was raised in the strict tradition of Orthodox Judaism, living a separated[c] and devout life as a Pharisee. And concerning the righteousness of the Torah,[d] no one surpassed me; I was without a peer. Furthermore, as a fiery defender of the truth, I persecuted the messianic believers with religious zeal.


  1. Philippians 3:5 This meant that he could trace his family line all the way back to Abraham. There is also an inference that Paul spoke Hebrew-Aramaic as his native tongue and did not adopt Greek customs.
  2. Philippians 3:5 The tribe of Benjamin was honored as the tribe most loyal to the house of David. Benjamin means “son of my right hand.”
  3. Philippians 3:5 A Pharisee was known as a “separated one,” who religiously followed all the laws of Judaism.
  4. Philippians 3:6 Or “the written law.”
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