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Philippians 2:14 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Do all things without murmurings and questionings:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Do all things without grumbling or disputing;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Do all things without murmurings and reasonings,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— All things, be doing, apart from murmurings and disputings;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— All things do without murmurings and reasonings,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And do ye all things without murmurings and hesitations:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Doe all things without murmurings, and disputings:
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— Do every thing without murmuring and without division;
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Do all things without murmuring, and without altercation;

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Do 4160
{4160} Prime
Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct).
<5720> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 592
all things 3956
{3956} Prime
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
without 5565
{5565} Prime
Adverb from G5561; at a space, that is, separately or apart from (often as preposition).
murmurings 1112
{1112} Prime
From G1111; a grumbling.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
disputings: 1261
{1261} Prime
From G1260; discussion, that is, (internal) consideration (by implication purpose), or (external) debate.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Philippians 2:14

_ _ murmuringssecret murmurings and complaints against your fellow men arising from selfishness: opposed to the example of Jesus just mentioned (compare the use of the word, John 7:12, John 7:13; Acts 6:1; 1 Peter 4:9; Jude 1:16).

_ _ disputings — The Greek is translated “doubting” in 1 Timothy 2:8. But here referring to profitless “disputings” with our fellow men, in relation to whom we are called on to be “blameless and harmless” (Philippians 2:15): so the Greek is translated, Mark 9:33, Mark 9:34. These disputings flow from “vain glory” reprobated (Philippians 2:3); and abounded among the Aristotelian philosophers in Macedon, where Philippi was.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Philippians 2:14-18

_ _ The apostle exhorts them in these verses to adorn their Christian profession by a suitable temper and behaviour, in several instances. 1. By a cheerful obedience to the commands of God (Philippians 2:14): “Do all things, do your duty in every branch of it, without murmurings. Do it, and do not find fault with it. Mind your work, and do not quarrel with it.” God's commands were given to be obeyed, not to be disputed. This greatly adorns our profession, and shows we serve a good Master, whose service is freedom and whose work is its own reward. 2. By peaceableness and love one to another. “Do all things without disputing, wrangling, and debating one another; because the light of truth and the life of religion are often lost in the heats and mists of disputation.” 3. By a blameless conversation towards all men (Philippians 2:15): “That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke; that you be not injurious to any in word or deed, and give no just occasion of offence.” We should endeavour not only to be harmless, but to be blameless; not only not to do hurt, but not to come under the just suspicion of it. Blameless and sincere; so some read it. Blameless before men, sincere towards God. The sons of God. It becomes those to be blameless and harmless who stand in such a relation, and are favoured with such a privilege. The children of God should differ from the sons of men. Without rebukeAmmta. Momus was a carping deity among the Greeks, mentioned by Hesiod and Lucian, who did nothing himself, and found fault with every body and every thing. From him all carpers at other men, and rigid censurers of their works, were called Momi. The sense of the expression is, “Walk so circumspectly that Momus himself may have no occasion to cavil at you, that the severest censurer may find no fault with you.” We should aim and endeavour, not only to get to heaven, but to get thither without a blot; and, like Demetrius, to have a good report of all men, and of the truth, 3 John 1:12. In the midst of a crooked and perverse generation; that is, among the heathens, and those who are without. Observe, Where there is no true religion, little is to be expected but crookedness and perverseness; and the more crooked and perverse others are among whom we live, and the more apt to cavil, the more careful we should be to keep ourselves blameless and harmless. Abraham and Lot must not strive, because the Canaanite and Perizzite dwelt in the land, Genesis 13:7. Among whom you shine as lights in the world. Christ is the light of the world, and good Christians are lights in the world. When God raises up a good man in any place, he sets up a light in that place. Or it may be read imperatively: Among whom shine you as lights: compare Matthew 5:16, Let your light so shine before men. Christians should endeavour not only to approve themselves to God, but to recommend themselves to others, that they may also glorify God. They must shine as well as be sincere. — Holding forth the word of life, Philippians 2:16. The gospel is called the word of life because it reveals and proposes to us eternal life through Jesus Christ. Life and immortality are brought to light by the gospel, 2 Timothy 1:10. It is our duty not only to hold fast, but to hold forth the word of life; not only to hold it fast for our own benefit, but to hold it forth for the benefit of others, to hold it forth as the candlestick holds forth the candle, which makes it appear to advantage all around, or as the luminaries of the heavens, which shed their influence far and wide. This Paul tells them would be his joy: “That I may rejoice in the day of Christ; not only rejoice in your stedfastness, but in your usefulness.” He would have them think his pains well bestowed, and that he had not run in vain, nor laboured in vain. Observe, (1.) The work of the ministry requires the putting forth of the whole man: all that is within us is little enough to be employed in it; as in running and labouring. Running denotes vehemence and vigour, and continual pressing forward; labour denotes constancy and close application. (2.) It is a great joy to ministers when they perceive that they have not run in vain, nor laboured in vain; and it will be their rejoicing in the day of Christ, when their converts will be their crown. What is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For you are our glory and joy, 1 Thessalonians 2:19, 1 Thessalonians 2:20. The apostle not only ran and laboured for them with satisfaction, but shows that he was ready to suffer for their good (Philippians 2:17): Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy and rejoice with you all. He could reckon himself happy if he could promote the honour of Christ, the edification of the church, and the welfare of the souls of men; though it were not only by hazarding, but by laying down, his life: he could willingly be a sacrifice at their altars, to serve the faith of God's elect. Could Paul think it worth while to shed his blood for the service of the church, and shall we think it much to take a little pains? Is not that worth our labour which he thought worth his life? If I be offered, or poured out as the wine of the drink-offerings, spendomai. 2 Timothy 4:6, I am now ready to be offered. He could rejoice to seal his doctrine with his blood (Philippians 2:18): For the same cause also do you joy and rejoice with me. It is the will of God that good Christians should be much in rejoicing; and those who are happy in good ministers have a great deal of reason to joy and rejoice with them. If the minister loves the people, and is willing to spend and be spent for their welfare, the people have reason to love the minister and to joy and rejoice with him.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Philippians 2:14

Do all things — Not only without contention, Philippians 2:3, but even without murmurings and disputings — Which are real, though smaller, hinderances of love.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Philippians 2:14

(6) Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

(6) He describes modesty by the contrary effects of pride, teaching us that it is far both from all malicious and secret or inward hatred, and also from open contentions and brawlings.

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Philippians 2:3 [Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Exodus 16:7-8 And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your murmurings against the LORD: and what [are] we, that ye murmur against us? ... And Moses said, [This shall be], when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what [are] we? your murmurings [are] not against us, but against the LORD.
Numbers 14:27 How long [shall I bear with] this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.
Psalms 106:25 But murmured in their tents, [and] hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD.
Matthew 20:11 And when they had received [it], they murmured against the goodman of the house,
Mark 14:5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.
Acts 6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
1 Corinthians 10:10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
James 5:9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
1 Peter 4:9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
Jude 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling [words], having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.


Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised [is] wisdom.
Proverbs 15:17-18 Better [is] a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. ... A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but [he that is] slow to anger appeaseth strife.
Mark 9:33-34 And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? ... But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who [should be] the greatest.
Acts 15:2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
Acts 15:7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men [and] brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
Acts 15:39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;
Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Romans 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, [but] not to doubtful disputations.
Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
1 Corinthians 1:10-12 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and [that] there be no divisions among you; but [that] ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. ... Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:3-5 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas [there is] among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? ... Who then is Paul, and who [is] Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
2 Corinthians 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and [that] I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest [there be] debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
Galatians 5:15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
Galatians 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: ... And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
1 Thessalonians 5:13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. [And] be at peace among yourselves.
1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].
1 Timothy 6:3-5 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, [even] the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; ... Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
James 1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
James 3:14-18 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. ... And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
James 4:1 From whence [come] wars and fightings among you? [come they] not hence, [even] of your lusts that war in your members?
1 Peter 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
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