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Philippians 4:1

    Philippians 4:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Therefore, my brothers dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Wherefore, my brethren beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my beloved.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So my brothers, well loved and very dear to me, my joy and crown, be strong in the Lord, my loved ones.

    Webster's Revision

    Wherefore, my brethren beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my beloved.

    World English Bible

    Therefore, my brothers, beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Wherefore, my brethren beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my beloved.

    Definitions for Philippians 4:1

    Fast - Abstaining from food.

    Clarke's Commentary on Philippians 4:1

    Therefore, my - beloved - Because ye have this armor, and those enemies, and God for your support, see that ye stand fast in him. This verse most unquestionably belongs to the preceding chapter.

    Barnes' Notes on Philippians 4:1

    Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for - Doddridge unites this verse with the previous chapter, and supposes that it is the proper close of the solemn statement which the apostle makes there. The word "therefore" - ὥστε hōste - has undoubted reference to the remarks made there; and the meaning is, that in view of the fact that there were many professed Christians who were not sincere - that the "citizenship" of all true Christians was in heaven, and that Christians looked for the coming of the Lord Jesus, who would make them like to himself, the apostle exhorts them to stand fast in the Lord. The accumulation of epithets of endearment in this verse shows his tender regard for them, and is expressive of his earnest solicitude for their welfare, and his deep conviction of their danger. The term "longed for" is expressive of strong affection; see Philippians 1:8, and Philippians 2:26.

    My joy - The source of my joy. He rejoiced in the fact that they had been converted under him; and in their holy walk, and their friendship. Our chief joy is in our friends; and the chief happiness of a minister of the gospel is in the pure lives of those to whom he ministers; see 3 John 1:4.

    And crown - Compare 1 Thessalonians 2:19. The word "crown" means a circlet, chaplet, or diadem:

    (1) as the emblem of royal dignity - the symbol of office;

    (2) as the prize conferred on victors in the public games, 1 Corinthians 9:25, and hence, as an emblem of the rewards of a future life; 2 Timothy 4:8; James 1:12; 1 Peter 5:4;

    (3) anything that is an ornament or honor, as one glories in a crown; compare Proverbs 12:4, "A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband;" Proverbs 14:24, "The crown of the wise is their riches;" Proverbs 16:31, "The hoary head is a crown of glory;" Proverbs 17:6, "Children's children are the crown of old men."

    The idea here is, that the church at Philippi was that in which the apostle gloried. He regarded it as a high honor to have been the means of founding such a church, and he looked upon it with the same interest with which a monarch looks upon the diadem which he wears.

    So stand fast in the Lord - In the service of the Lord, and in the strength which he imparts; see the notes at Ephesians 6:13-14.

    Wesley's Notes on Philippians 4:1

    4:1 So stand - As ye have done hitherto.