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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Philippians 2:15

    CHAPTERS: Philippians 1, 2, 3, 4     

    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30




    King James Bible - Philippians 2:15

    That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

    World English Bible

    that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you are seen as
    lights in the world,

    Douay-Rheims - Philippians 2:15

    That you may be blameless, and sincere children of God, without reproof, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation; among whom you shine as
    lights in the world.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as
    lights in the world;

    Greek Textus Receptus

    2443 γενησθε 1096 5638 αμεμπτοι 273 και 2532 ακεραιοι 185 τεκνα 5043 θεου 2316 αμωμητα 298 εν 1722 μεσω 3319 γενεας 1074 σκολιας 4646 και 2532 διεστραμμενης 1294 5772 εν 1722 οις 3739 φαινεσθε 5316 5743 ως 5613 φωστηρες 5458 εν 1722 κοσμω 2889

    Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge

    VERSE (15) -
    Lu 1:6 1Co 1:8 Eph 5:27 1Th 5:23 1Ti 3:2,10; 5:7 Tit 1:6

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 2:15

    para que seis irreprensibles e inocentes, hijos de Dios sin culpa en medio de la nacin maligna y perversa, entre los cuales resplandecis como luminares en el mundo;

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Philippians 2:15

    Verse 15. That ye may be blameless] In yourselves, and
    harmless to others.

    The sons of God] Showing by your holy conduct that ye are partakers of the Divine nature.

    Without rebuke] Persons against whom no charge of transgression can justly be laid.

    A crooked and perverse] Probably referring to the Jews, who were the chief opponents and the most virulent enemies which the Christian Church had.

    Among whom ye shine] Be like the sun and moon; bless even the perverse and disobedient by your light and splendour. Let your light shine before men; some will walk in that light, and by its shining God will be glorified. It is evident that the apostle, by fwsthrev en kosmw, lights in the world, refers to the sun and moon particularly, and perhaps to the heavenly bodies in general.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 15. That ye may be blameless , etc.] This, and what follows, show the end to be answered, by observing the above exhortation. This respects not their being blameless in the sight of God, which the saints are not in themselves, being not without sin, though they are, as considered in Christ, clothed with his righteousness, and washed in his blood; but their being blameless before men: and this may be understood both actively and passively; actively, that they might be without blaming others; some are so unhappy in their disposition and conduct, as to be always finding fault with, and blaming all persons they are concerned with, and all things in them, and done by them, right or wrong, without any just reason; and this ought not to be, and may be prevented by doing all things, as before directed: or passively, that they might not be blamed by others justly; for no man can escape the blame and censure of everyone; our Lord himself did not, nor this our apostle; but doing, as before exhorted to, will, in a great measure, preclude any just reason for blame and complaint: it is added, and harmless ; that is, that they might be, and appear to be so; harmless as doves, in imitation of Christ, who was holy in his nature, and harmless in his conversation, as his followers should be; doing no injury to any man's person or property, behaving in an inoffensive manner to all men, to Jew and Gentile, and to the church of God: it follows, the sons of God ; not that they might be sons by so doing; but be as the sons of God, as the Syriac version renders it, be like them, and behave as such; for they were the sons of God already; not by creation only, as angels, and all men are, not merely by profession of religion, but by adopting grace; they were predestinated to the adoption of children, and were taken into this relation in the covenant of grace, Christ had redeemed them from under the law, that they might receive this blessing, and it was actually bestowed upon them by him in conversion: but the sense is, that they might appear to be the children of God, by acting as becomes such; not that they might appear so to themselves, for they were openly and manifestly to themselves the children of God, by faith in Christ Jesus, and through the testimony of the Spirit, witnessing to their spirits that they were in such a relation to God; but that they might appear so to others, that they were the adopted sons of God, and also begotten again by him, and made partakers of the divine nature; by their being followers of God as dear children, and by their being obedient ones to him in all holiness and godly conversation, yielding a ready and cheerful obedience to his will, without repining at it, or disputing about it; and to be without rebuke ; not without the rebuke of their heavenly Father, for whom he loves he rebukes, and every son that he receives into his family he scourges and chastises, not in wrath and anger, or with rebukes of fury, but of love; but without the rebuke of men, both of the churches and ministers of Christ, whose business it is to reprove and rebuke, publicly and privately, as cases and their circumstances require; and of the men of the world, who when they have any occasion, make use of it to speak reproachfully, as a railing Rabshakeh did, when it is a time of rebuke and blasphemy, and to be shunned and guarded against as much possible: especially since the saints live in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation : or age and generation, as every age is; saints are like lilies in the valleys, liable to be trampled upon by the foot of every wild beast; like roses among thorns, to be scratched and torn; and like Lots in the midst of Sodom, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: the whole world lies in sin, and the saints are enclosed on every side with wicked men. Philippi, where these saints lived, was a place of wickedness, and so no doubt was the whole region of Macedonia; the inhabitants were evil for the most part; their ways were crooked, and their works perverse, being contrary to the law of God, and Gospel of Christ; and therefore the following exhortation to the saints there was very suitable. Among whom ye shine ; or shine ye, as it may be rendered, as lights in the world . This world is, in a moral sense, what the original chaos was in a natural sense, covered with darkness; the darkness of ignorance and unbelief, of impiety and superstition, has spread itself over the far greater part of the world; the men of it are children of the night, and of darkness; their works are works of darkness, and they are going on in darkness, not knowing where they are going. The saints are the lights of the world, they were once darkness itself, but are made light in and by the Lord; they are called into marvellous light, and are filled with light spiritual and evangelical; they are like the moon and stars, that give light to the world in the night; and as they receive their light from the sun, and communicate it to the world, so do the saints receive theirs from Christ, the sun of righteousness, and show it forth to others, both by doctrine and practice: or rather the churches of Christ are as candlesticks, in which the light of the Gospel is put, and held forth to men, as follows, (see Matthew 5:14-16).

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 12-18 - We must be
    diligent in the use of all the means which lead to ou salvation, persevering therein to the end. With great care, lest, with all our advantages, we should come short. Work out your salvation, for it is God who worketh in you. This encourages us to do our utmost because our labour shall not be in vain: we must still depend on the grace of God. The working of God's grace in us, is to quicken an engage our endeavours. God's good-will to us, is the cause of his goo work in us. Do your duty without murmurings. Do it, and do not fin fault with it. Mind your work, and do not quarrel with it. By peaceableness; give no just occasion of offence. The children of God should differ from the sons of men. The more perverse others are, the more careful we should be to keep ourselves blameless and harmless. The doctrine and example of consistent believers will enlighten others, an direct their way to Christ and holiness, even as the light-house warn mariners to avoid rocks, and directs their course into the harbour. Le us try thus to shine. The gospel is the word of life, it makes known to us eternal life through Jesus Christ. Running, denotes earnestness an vigour, continual pressing forward; labouring, denotes constancy, an close application. It is the will of God that believers should be muc in rejoicing; and those who are so happy as to have good ministers have great reason to rejoice with them. (Php 2:19-30)

    Greek Textus Receptus

    2443 γενησθε 1096 5638 αμεμπτοι 273 και 2532 ακεραιοι 185 τεκνα 5043 θεου 2316 αμωμητα 298 εν 1722 μεσω 3319 γενεας 1074 σκολιας 4646 και 2532 διεστραμμενης 1294 5772 εν 1722 οις 3739 φαινεσθε 5316 5743 ως 5613 φωστηρες 5458 εν 1722 κοσμω 2889

    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    15. May be -
    harmless (genhsqe - akeraioi). May be is rather may prove or show yourselves to be. Harmless, lit., unmixed. See on Matthew x. 16. Better, guileless. Blameless in the sight of others, guileless in your own hearts.

    Sons of God (tekna). Rev., better, children. See on John i. 12. Compare Deut. xxxii. 5.

    Without rebuke (amwma). Rev., correctly, without blemish. See on Col. i. 22. The word is epexegetical of the two preceding epithets, unblemished in reputation and in reality.

    Crooked and perverse (skoliav - diestrammenhv). Crooked, see on untoward, Acts ii. 40; froward, 1 Pet. ii. 18. Perverse, lit., warped, twisted. See on Matt. xvii. 17; Luke xxiii. 14.

    Ye shine (fainesqe). Rev., more correctly, ye are seen. Compare Matt. xxiv. 27; Apoc. xviii. 23, A.V., where the same error occurs. Shine would require the verb in the active voice, as John i. 5; v. 35. Lights (fwsthrev). Only here and Apoc. xxi. 11, see note. Properly, luminaries. So Rev., in margin. Generally of the heavenly bodies. See Gen. i. 14, 16, Sept.

    In the world. Connect with ye are seen, not with luminaries. The world, not only material, but moral. For the moral sense of kosmov world, see on John i. 9.

    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    2:15 {That ye may be} (hina genesqe). Rather, "that ye may become" (second aorist middle subjunctive of ginomai, to become). {Blameless} (amemptoi). Free from censure (memfomai, to blame). {Harmless} (akeraioi). Unmixed, unadulterated as in #Ro 16:19. {Without blemish} (am"ma). Without spot, "unblemished in reputation and in reality" (Vincent). {In the midst of} (meson). Preposition with genitive. {Crooked} (skolias). Old word, curved as opposed to orqos, straight. See on Ac 2:40. {Perverse} (diestrammens). Perfect passive participle of diastrefw, to distort, to twist, to turn to one side (dia, in two). Old word. See #Mt 17:17; Ac 13:10.

    CHAPTERS: 1, 2, 3, 4
    VERSES: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30


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