The word you want to keep your eye on is "σκύβαλα"--pronounced "skubala." Here's a literal translation of the verse.
But indeed I also consider everything to be loss on account of the surpassing knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, on account of whom I forfeited all things; and I consider them shit so that I may gain Christ...
Yes, you heard me right. Skubala means shit. Not only does it literally mean shit--i.e., human excrement--but it also has the same connotation. It is a vulgar word. Paul would not have said it in mixed company unless he expected a reaction.
Friday, March 16, 2007
This is a great post: