Analysis Of Poem ' 7 ' Essay

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In verse 7, which is the first verse of the pericope, Paul contrasts the seeming advantages he had just listed which should have been of profit to him with regard to his standing with God when considered by human standards, yet in light of the new understanding he had received through Christ, he had determined that they were actually of “loss (Philippians 3:7 NRSV)” to him instead.
Paul goes even further in verse 8, stating that his conception of “loss (Philippians 3:8 NRSV)” was not limited to just the benefits which should have profited him that he had previ-ously listed in verses 4-6, but extended to “everything (Philippians 3:8 NRSV)” in his life as well, when he contrasted them to the superior “value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord (Philippians 3:8 NRSV)” on whose account Paul had ἐζημιώθην which is in the aorist tense, indicating that it happened in the past, yet is indefinite regarding “duration, completion, or repetition (Heth)” – and passive voice indicating that the subject, in this case Paul, “receives the action of the verb (Heth)” – and indicative mood, expressing certainty and “present(ing) the verbal idea as fact (Heth)” – of ζημιόω “suffered the loss of all things (Philippians 3:8 NRSV)” – and one may assume that in addition to all of the things that Paul once thought were the “gains (Philippians 3:7 NRSV)” he had just listed, on Paul’s mind are also all of the things he had lost as a result of his imprisonment – and it seems likely that
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