Philippians 1 :8

Philippians 1 :8 Translations

King James Version (KJV)

For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

American King James Version (AKJV)

For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

American Standard Version (ASV)

For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus.

Basic English Translation (BBE)

For God is my witness, how my love goes out to you all in the loving mercies of Christ Jesus.

Webster's Revision

For God is my witness, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

World English Bible

For God is my witness, how I long after all of you in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus.

English Revised Version (ERV)

For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus.

Definitions for Philippians 1 :8

Bowels - Inward parts; affections.

Clarke's Commentary on Philippians 1 :8

For God is my record - I call God to witness that I have the strongest affection for you, and that I love you with that same kind of tender concern with which Christ loved the world when he gave himself for it; for I am even ready to be offered on the sacrifice and service of your faith, Philippians 2:17.

Barnes's Commentary on Philippians 1 :8

For God is my record - My witness; I can solemnly appeal to him.

How greatly I long after you all - To see you; and how much I desire your welfare.

In the bowels of Jesus Christ - The word "bowels," in the Scriptures denotes the upper viscera - the region of the heart and lungs: see the notes at Isaiah 16:11. That region was regarded as the seat of affection, sympathy, and compassion, as the heart is with us. The allusion here is to the sympathy, tenderness, and love of the Redeemer; and probably the meaning is, that Paul regarded them with something of the affection which the Lord Jesus had for them. This was the tenderest and strongest expression which he could find to denote the ardor of his attachment.

Wesley's Commentary on Philippians 1 :8

1:8 I long for you with the bowels of Jesus Christ - In Paul, not Paul lives, but Jesus Christ. Therefore he longs for them with the bowels, the tenderness, not of Paul, but of Jesus Christ.
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