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Philippians 1:15

    Philippians 1:15 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Though some are preaching Christ out of envy and competition, others do it out of a good heart:

    Webster's Revision

    Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

    World English Bible

    Some indeed preach Christ even out of envy and strife, and some also out of good will.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

    Clarke's Commentary on Philippians 1:15

    Some - preach Christ even of envy and strife - These must have been the Judaizing teachers, who insisted on the necessity of connecting the Mosaic rites with the Christian institutions; and, probably, denounced Paul to the Jews dwelling at Rome as not only an enemy to the law and the prophets, but also as a very imperfect Christian, because he declared strongly against the doctrine of circumcision, etc.; and no doubt endeavored to prejudice him with the heathen Romans.

    The word preach is not to be taken here as implying that the different persons mentioned were what we call preachers of the Gospel: all that we can understand from St. Paul's use of the word is, that they proclaimed Christ as the promised Messiah, espoused the Christian cause, and contended, whether in public or private, that this Jesus was the Christ; but nothing of this kind appears to have been intended in reference to the conversion of sinners.

    Some also of good will - Some, through mere benevolence to the apostle, both espoused his doctrine and vindicated his cause.

    Barnes' Notes on Philippians 1:15

    Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife - What was the ground of this "envy and strife" the apostle does not mention. It would seem, however, that even in Rome there was a party which was jealous of the influence of Paul, and which supposed that this was a good opportunity to diminish his influence, and to strengthen their own cause. He was not now at large so as to be able: to meet and confute them. They had access to the mass of the people. It was easy, under plausible pretences, to insinuate hints about the ambitious aims, or improper influence of Paul, or to take strong ground against him and in favor of their own views, and they availed themselves of this opportunity. It would seem most probable, though this is not mentioned, that these persons were Judaizing teachers, professing Christianity, and who supposed that Paul's views were derogatory to the honor of Moses and the Law.

    And some also of good will - From pure motives, having no party aims to accomplish, and not intending in any way to give me trouble.