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Philippians 2:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— [doing] nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each counting other better than himself;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— [let] nothing [be] in the spirit of strife or vain glory, but, in lowliness of mind, each esteeming the other as more excellent than themselves;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Nothing by way of faction, nothing by way of vain-glory,—but, in lowliness of mind, accounting, one another, superior to yourselves,—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— nothing in rivalry or vain-glory, but in humility of mind one another counting more excellent than yourselves—
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Let nothing be done through contention: neither by vain glory. But in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Let nothing bee [done] through strife, or vaine glory, but in lowlinesse of minde let each esteeme other better then themselues.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And do nothing in contention or vainglorying, but in meekness of mind let a man consider his neighbour as better than himself.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And do nothing in strife, or in vain glory; but, with lowliness of mind, let each esteem his neighbor as better than himself.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[Let] nothing 3367
{3367} Prime
μηδείς
medeis
{may-dice'}
The masculine, feminine irregular (second form) and neuter (third form) from G3361 and G1520; not even one (man, woman, thing).
[be done] through 2596
{2596} Prime
κατά
kata
{kat-ah'}
A primary particle; (preposition) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case [genitive, dative or accusative] with which it is joined).
strife 2052
{2052} Prime
ἐριθεία
eritheia
{er-ith-i'-ah}
Perhaps from the same as G2042; properly intrigue, that is, (by implication) faction.
or 2228
{2228} Prime

e
{ay}
A primary particle of distinction between two connected terms; disjunctive, or; comparative, than.
vainglory; 2754
{2754} Prime
κενοδοξία
kenodoxia
{ken-od-ox-ee'-ah}
From G2755; empty glorying, that is, self conceit.
but 235
{0235} Prime
ἀλλά
alla
{al-lah'}
Neuter plural of G0243; properly other things, that is, (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations).
in lowliness of mind 5012
{5012} Prime
ταπεινοφροσύνη
tapeinophrosune
{tap-i-nof-ros-oo'-nay}
From a compound of G5011 and the base of G5424; humiliation of mind, that is, modesty.
let y2233
[2233] Standard
ἡγέομαι
hegeomai
{hayg-eh'-om-ahee}
Middle voice of a (presumed) strengthened form of G0071; to lead, that is, command (with official authority); figuratively to deem, that is, consider.
z0
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
each y240
[0240] Standard
ἀλλήλων
allelon
{al-lay'-lone}
Genitive plural from G0243 reduplicated; one another. (Sometimes with G3326 or G4314.).
z0
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
esteem y2233
[2233] Standard
ἡγέομαι
hegeomai
{hayg-eh'-om-ahee}
Middle voice of a (presumed) strengthened form of G0071; to lead, that is, command (with official authority); figuratively to deem, that is, consider.
z5740
<5740> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 544
other 240
{0240} Prime
ἀλλήλων
allelon
{al-lay'-lone}
Genitive plural from G0243 reduplicated; one another. (Sometimes with G3326 or G4314.).
x2233
(2233) Complement
ἡγέομαι
hegeomai
{hayg-eh'-om-ahee}
Middle voice of a (presumed) strengthened form of G0071; to lead, that is, command (with official authority); figuratively to deem, that is, consider.
better x5242
(5242) Complement
ὑπερέχω
huperecho
{hoop-er-ekh'-o}
From G5228 and G2192; to hold oneself above, that is, (figuratively) to excel; participle (as adjective, or neuter as noun) superior, superiority.
than y5242
[5242] Standard
ὑπερέχω
huperecho
{hoop-er-ekh'-o}
From G5228 and G2192; to hold oneself above, that is, (figuratively) to excel; participle (as adjective, or neuter as noun) superior, superiority.
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
themselves. 1438
{1438} Prime
ἑαυτοῦ
heautou
{heh-ow-too'}
(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.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Philippians 2:3

_ _ Let nothing be done — The italicized words are not in the Greek. Perhaps the ellipsis had better be supplied from the Greek (Philippians 2:2), “Thinking nothing in the way of strife” (or rather, “factious intrigue,” “self-seeking,” see on Philippians 1:16). It is the thought which characterizes the action as good or bad before God.

_ _ lowliness of mind — The direct relation of this grace is to God alone; it is the sense of dependence of the creature on the Creator as such, and it places all created beings in this respect on a level. The man “lowly of mind” as to his spiritual life is independent of men, and free from all slavish feeling, while sensible of his continual dependence on God. Still it INDIRECTLY affects his behavior toward his fellow men; for, conscious of his entire dependence on God for all his abilities, even as they are dependent on God for theirs, he will not pride himself on his abilities, or exalt self in his conduct toward others (Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:12) [Neander].

_ _ let each esteem — Translate as Greek, “esteeming each other superior to yourselves.” Instead of fixing your eyes on those points in which you excel, fix them on those in which your neighbor excels you: this is true “humility.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Philippians 2:1-11.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Philippians 2:3

Do nothing through contention — Which is inconsistent with your thinking the same thing. Or vainglory — Desire of praise, which is directly opposite to the love of God. But esteem each the others better than themselves — (For every one knows more evil of himself than he can of another:) Which is a glorious fruit of the Spirit, and an admirable help to your continuing "of one soul."

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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nothing:

Philippians 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
Philippians 1:15-16 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: ... The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised [is] wisdom.
Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas [there is] among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
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 5:20-21 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, ... Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Colossians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
1 Timothy 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
James 3:14-16 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. ... For where envying and strife [is], there [is] confusion and every evil work.
James 4:5-6 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? ... But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
1 Peter 2:1-2 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, ... As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

but:

Luke 14:7-11 And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them, ... For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Luke 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Romans 12:10 [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
1 Corinthians 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
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Pv 13:10. Lk 14:7; 18:14. Ro 12:10; 13:13. 1Co 3:3; 15:9. 2Co 12:20. Ga 5:15, 20, 26. Ep 4:2; 5:21. Php 1:15; 2:14. Col 3:8. 1Ti 6:4. Jm 3:14; 4:5. 1P 2:1; 5:5.

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