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Philippians 3:17

    Philippians 3:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Brothers, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as you have us for an ensample.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Brethren, be ye imitators together of me, and mark them that so walk even as ye have us for an ensample.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Brothers, take me as your example, and take note of those who are walking after the example we have given.

    Webster's Revision

    Brethren, be ye imitators together of me, and mark them that so walk even as ye have us for an ensample.

    World English Bible

    Brothers, be imitators together of me, and note those who walk this way, even as you have us for an example.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Brethren, be ye imitators together of me, and mark them which so walk even as ye have us for an ensample.

    Definitions for Philippians 3:17

    Ensample - Hostility; hatred.

    Clarke's Commentary on Philippians 3:17

    Brethren, be followers - of me - In the things of Christ let me be your line, and my writings preaching, and conduct, your rule.

    And mark them - Σκοπειτε. Still alluding to the line in the stadium, keep your eye steadily fixed on those who walk - live, as ye have us - myself, Timothy, and Epaphroditus, for an ensample.

    Barnes' Notes on Philippians 3:17

    Brethren, be followers together of me - That is, live as I do. A minister of the gospel, a parent, or a Christian of any age or condition, ought so to live that he can refer to his own example, and exhort others to imitate the course of life which he had led. Paul could do this without ostentation or impropriety. They knew that he lived so as to be a proper example for others; and he knew that they would feel that his life had been such that there would be no impropriety in his referring to it in this manner. But, alas, how few are there who can safely imitate Paul in this!

    And mark them which walk so, as ye have us for an ensample - There were those in the church who endeavored to live as he had done, renouncing all confidence in the flesh, and aiming to win the prize. There were others, it would seem, who were actuated by different views; see Philippians 3:18. There are usually two kinds of professing Christians in every church - those who imitate the Saviour, and those who are worldly and vain. The exhortation here is, to "mark" - that is, to observe with a view to imitate - those who lived as the apostles did. We should set before our minds the best examples, and endeavor to imitate the most holy people. A worldly and fashionable professor of religion is a very bad example to follow; and especially young Christians should set before their minds for imitation, and associate with, the purest and most spiritual members of the church. Our religion takes its form and complexion much from those with whom we associate; and he will usually be the most holy man who associates with the most holy companions.

    Wesley's Notes on Philippians 3:17

    3:17 Mark them - For your imitation.