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Philippians 2:21 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For all seek their own things, not the things of Jesus Christ.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For, they all, their own things, do seek, not the things of Christ Jesus;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— for the whole seek their own things, not the things of the Christ Jesus,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For all seek the things that are their own not the things that are Jesus Christ's.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For all seeke their owne, not the things which are Iesus Christs.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For all are seeking what is theirs, and not what is of Jeshu Meshiha.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For they all seek their own, not the [things] of Jesus the Messiah.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1063
{1063} Prime
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
all 3956
{3956} Prime
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
seek 2212
{2212} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; to seek (literally or figuratively); specifically (by Hebraism) to worship (God), or (in a bad sense) to plot (against life).
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
their own, 1438
{1438} Prime
(Including all the other cases); from a reflexive pronoun otherwise obsolete and the genitive (dative or accusative) of G0846; him (her, it, them, also [in conjunction with the personal pronoun of the other persons] my, thy, our, your) -self (-selves), etc.
not 3756
{3756} Prime
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
the things x3588
(3588) Complement

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
which are y3588
[3588] Standard

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
Jesus 2424
{2424} Prime
Of Hebrew origin [H3091]; Jesus (that is, Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites.
Christ's. 5547
{5547} Prime
From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Philippians 2:21

_ _ Translate as Greek,They all” (namely, who are now with me, Philippians 1:14, Philippians 1:17; Philippians 4:21 : such Demas, then with him, proved to be, Colossians 4:14; compare 2 Timothy 4:10; Philemon 1:24).

_ _ seek their own — opposed to Paul’s precept (Philippians 2:4; 1 Corinthians 10:24, 1 Corinthians 10:33; 1 Corinthians 13:5). This is spoken, by comparison with Timothy; for Philippians 1:16, Philippians 1:17 implies that some of those with Paul at Rome were genuine Christians, though not so self-sacrificing as Timothy. Few come to the help of the Lord’s cause, where ease, fame, and gain have to be sacrificed. Most help only when Christ’s gain is compatible with their own (Judges 5:17, Judges 5:23).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Philippians 2:19-30.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Philippians 2:21

For all — But Timotheus. Seek their own — Ease, safety, pleasure, or profit. Amazing! In that golden age of the church, could St. Paul throughly approve of one only, among all the labourers that were with him? Philippians 1:14, Philippians 1:17. And how many do we think can now approve themselves to God? Not the things of Jesus Christ — They who seek these alone, will sadly experience this. They will find few helpers likeminded with themselves, willing naked to follow a naked Master.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Philippians 2:21

For (r) all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.

(r) The most part.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Philippians 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Isaiah 56:11 Yea, [they are] greedy dogs [which] can never have enough, and they [are] shepherds [that] cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.
Malachi 1:10 Who [is there] even among you that would shut the doors [for nought]? neither do ye kindle [fire] on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.
Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Luke 9:57-62 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain [man] said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. ... And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Luke 14:26 If any [man] come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
Acts 13:13 Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem.
Acts 15:38 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.
1 Corinthians 10:24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another's [wealth].
1 Corinthians 10:33 Even as I please all [men] in all [things], not seeking mine own profit, but the [profit] of many, that they may be saved.
1 Corinthians 13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
2 Timothy 1:15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.
2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
2 Timothy 4:16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all [men] forsook me: [I pray God] that it may not be laid to their charge.


Philippians 1:20-21 According to my earnest expectation and [my] hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but [that] with all boldness, as always, [so] now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether [it be] by life, or by death. ... For to me to live [is] Christ, and to die [is] gain.
2 Corinthians 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: ... And [that] he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
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