17 Mark them - For your imitation.
18 Weeping - As he wrote. Enemies of the cross of Christ - Such are
all cowardly, all shamefaced, all delicate Christians.
19 Whose end is destruction - This is placed in the front, that what
follows may be read with the greater horror. Whose god is their belly -
Whose supreme happiness lies in gratifying their sensual appetites. Who
mind - Relish, desire, seek, earthly things.
20 Our conversation - The Greek word is of a very extenslve meaning:
our citizenship, our thoughts, our affections, are already in heaven.
21 Who will transform our vile body - Into the most perfect state, and
the most beauteous form. It will then be purer than the unspotted firmament,
brighter than the lustre of the stars and, which exceeds all parallel,
which comprehends all perfection, like unto his glorious body - Like that
wonderfully glorious body which he wears in his heavenly kingdom, and on
his triumphant throne.