Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1Therefore, my brethren, rejoice in Our Lord; it is not tedious to me as I write these same things to you, because they protect you.
2Beware of dogs; beware of evildoers; beware of the circumcisers. 3For we are the circumcision, those who serve God in The Spirit, and we glory in Yeshua The Messiah, and we do not trust upon the flesh, 4As I did have trust in the flesh, for if a man has hoped in his trust in the flesh, I have more than he: 5Circumcised on the eighth day, of the family of Israel, from the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew, son of a Hebrew, in the Law, a Pharisee; 6In zeal, a persecutor of the church, in righteousness of The Written Law I was without indictment.
7But these things that were advantages to me, I have accounted losses for the sake of The Messiah. 8I also consider all these things a loss for the majesty of the knowledge of Yeshua The Messiah, my Lord, him for whose sake I have lost everything, and I consider it all as a dung heap, that I may gain The Messiah, 9And be found in him, while I do not have my own righteousness, which is from The Written Law, but that which is from the faith of The Messiah, which is the righteousness that is from God, 10That by it I may know Yeshua and the power of his resurrection, and that I may share in his sufferings and be conformed with his death, 11That perhaps I may be able to come to the resurrection from the place of the dead.
12I have not yet received it, neither am I yet perfect, but I run so that I may obtain that thing for which Yeshua The Messiah apprehended me. 13My brethren, I do not consider myself to have obtained it, but I know one thing: I have forgotten that which is behind me and I reach out before me, 14And I run toward the goal to take the victory of the calling of God from on high in Yeshua The Messiah. 15Let those who are perfected, therefore, be governed by these things, and if you are governed by anything else, God will reveal this also to you. 16However, that we may arrive at this, let us follow in one path and with one accord.
17Imitate me, my brethren, and observe those who walk in this way according to the pattern you have seen in us. 18For many who walk differently, about whom I have told you many times, but now as I weep, I say that they are the enemies of the cross of The Messiah. 19For their end is destruction, whose God is their belly and their glory is in their shame -- these whose minds are in the dirt. 20But our business* is in Heaven and from there we look for The Life Giver, Our Lord Yeshua The Messiah. 21For he will transform the body of our humiliation into the image of his glorious body, according to his great power by which everything has been made subject to him.