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Philippians 2:11

    Philippians 2:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And that every tongue may give witness that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    Webster's Revision

    and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    World English Bible

    and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    Clarke's Commentary on Philippians 2:11

    And that every tongue should confess - That all those before mentioned should acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, or absolute governor, and thus glorify God the Father, who has exalted this human nature to this state of ineffable glory, in virtue of its passion, death, resurrection, and the atonement which it has made, by which so many attributes of the Divine nature have become illustrated, the Divine law magnified and made honorable, and an eternal glory provided for man.

    Others by things in heaven understand the holy angels; by things on earth, human beings generally; and by things under the earth, fallen spirits of every description. Perhaps the three expressions are designed to comprehend all beings of all kinds, all creatures; as it is usual with the Hebrews, and indeed with all ancient nations, to express, by things in heaven, things on earth, and things under the earth, all beings of all kinds; universal nature. See similar forms of speech, Exodus 20:4; Deuteronomy 4:17, Deuteronomy 4:18; Psalm 96:11; and Ezekiel 38:20. But intelligent beings seem to be those which are chiefly intended by the words of the apostle; for it appears that nothing less than absolute rule over angels, men, and devils, can be designed in these extraordinary words, and by confessing him to be Lord we may understand that worship which all intelligent creatures are called to pay to God manifested in the flesh; for all should honor the Son even as they honor the Father. And the worship thus offered is to the glory of God; so that far from being idolatrous, as some have rashly asserted, it is to the honor of the Divine Being. We may add, that the tongue which does not confess thus, is a tongue that dishonors the Almighty.

    Barnes' Notes on Philippians 2:11

    And that every tongue should confess - Everyone should acknowledge him. On the duty and importance of confessing Christ, see the notes at Romans 10:9-10.

    That Jesus Christ is Lord - The word "Lord," here, is used in its primitive and proper sense, as denoting owner, ruler, sovereign; compare the notes at Romans 14:9. The meaning is, that all should acknowledge him as the universal sovereign.

    To the glory of God the Father - Such a universal confession would honor God; see the notes at John 5:23, where this sentiment is explained.

    Wesley's Notes on Philippians 2:11

    2:11 And every tongue - Even of his enemies. Confess that Jesus Christ is Lord - Jehovah; not now in the form of a servant, but enthroned in the glory of God the Father.