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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Philippians 1:9-11

These verses contain the prayers he put up for them. Paul often let his friends know what it was he begged of God for them, that they might know what to beg for themselves and be directed in their own prayers, and that they might be encouraged to hope they should receive from God the quickening, strengthening, everlasting, comforting grace, which so powerful an intercessor as Paul asked of God for them. It is an encouragement to us to know that we are prayed for by our friends, who, we have... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Philippians 1:3-11

(1) The Christian Joy ( Philippians 1:3-11 ) 1:3-11 In all my remembrance of you I thank my God for you, and always in every one of my prayers, I pray for you with joy, because you have been in partnership with me for the furtherance of the gospel from the first day until now, and of this I am confident, that he who began a good work in you will complete it so that you may be ready for the day of Jesus Christ. And it is right for me to feel like this about you, because I have you in my... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Philippians 1:10

That ye may approve things that are excellent ,.... Or "try things that differ". There are some things that differ one from other; as morality and grace, earthly things, and heavenly things, carnal and spiritual, temporal and eternal things, law and Gospel, the doctrines of men, and the doctrines of Christ; all which differ as much as chaff and wheat, as gold, silver, precious stones, and wood, hay, stubble. These are to be tried and proved; they are not to be received without distinction,... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Philippians 1:10

That ye may approve things that are excellent - Εις το δοκιμαζειν ὑμας τα διαφεροντα· To the end that ye may put to proof the things that differ, or the things that are in are more profitable. By the pure and abundant love which they received from God they would be able to try whatever differed from the teaching they had received, and from the experience they had in spiritual things. That ye may be sincere - Ἱνα ητε ειλικρινεις . The word ειλικρινεια , which we translate... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Philippians 1:10

Verse 10 10That ye may approve the things that are Here we have a definition of Christian wisdom — to know what is advantageous or expedient — not to torture the mind with empty subtleties and speculations. For the Lord does not wish that his believing people should employ themselves fruitlessly in learning what is of no profit: From this you may gather in what estimation the Sorbonnic theology ought to be held, in which you may spend your whole life, and yet not derive more of edification from... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Philippians 1:3-11

The apostle's intercession and assurance. Having saluted a well-organized Church with its bishops and deacons, Paul proceeds to express his thanksgivings and his intercessions. From this Church at Philippi alone had he received supplies. By the hand of Epaphroditus they had forwarded their love-tokens to the imprisoned apostle, and he rejoiced in the sympathy this showed with the furtherance of the gospel. Accordingly he proceeds to prayer, and pours out his significant intercessions for... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Philippians 1:3-11

Expression of interest. I. THANKSGIVING . 1 . Whom he thanked. "I thank my God." As it was in connection with their matters that he thanked God, he might have said, "I thank your God." As he made common cause with them, he might have said, "I thank our God." As he felt personally indebted to God on their account, what he says is, "I thank my God." 2 . Upon what he proceeded in thanksgiving. "Upon all my remembrance of you." This was a gracious word with which, as a wise... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Philippians 1:9-10

The things that excel St. Paul prays that his readers may have that finer spiritual perception ( aisthesis ) which is produced by an increase of love in order that they may discern the greater worth of those good things which differ from other good things in being more excellent. The high endowment would not be necessary for the discrimination of the coarser contrasts of good and evil, light and darkness, etc. It is plain, therefore, that different shades of goodness, gradations of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Philippians 1:9-11

St. Paul's prayer for the Philippians. I. THAT THEIR LOVE ABOUND MORE AND MORE . 1 . God had begun in them the good work , the work of faith, faith that worketh by love. St. Paul recognizes the reality of their love; it was true and deep. But: 2 . There is always room for growth in love ; it is the noblest of Christian graces, the most precious of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Christian's desire for love is without limit. ἀκόρεστον ἀγαθὸν τοῦτο... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Philippians 1:9-11

The apostle's prayer. He had spoken of praying for them. This was the purport of his prayers: "And this I pray, that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and in all discernment." I. THE INCREASE OF LOVE THE MAIN THING IN RELIGION . 1 . The language implies the existence of this love as well as its imperfection. It had been manifest in many ways; but there were social rivalries and jealousies and disputes at Philippi. Therefore the apostle prays that... read more

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