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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Philippians 4

Exhortations to several Christian duties, as stedfastness, unanimity, joy, etc., Phil. 4:1-9. The apostle's grateful acknowledgments of the Philippians? kindness to him, with expressions of his own content, and desire of their good, Phil. 4:10-19. He concludes the epistle with praise, salutations, and blessing, Phil. 4:20-23. read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Philippians 4:1-9

The apostle begins the chapter with exhortations to divers Christian duties. I. To stedfastness in our Christian profession, Phil. 4:1. It is inferred from the close of the foregoing chapter: Therefore stand fast, etc. Seeing our conversation is in heaven, and we look for the Saviour to come thence and fetch us thither, therefore let us stand fast. Note, The believing hope and prospect of eternal life should engage us to be steady, even, and constant, in our Christian course. Observe here, 1.... read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Philippians 4:10-19

In these verses we have the thankful grateful acknowledgment which the apostle makes of the kindness of the Philippians in sending him a present for his support, now that he was a prisoner at Rome. And here, I. He takes occasion to acknowledge their former kindnesses to him, and to make mention of them, Phil. 4:15, 16. Paul had a grateful spirit; for, though what his friends did for him was nothing in comparison of what he deserved from them and the obligations he had laid upon them, yet he... read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Philippians 4:20-23

The apostle concludes the epistle in these verses, 1. With praises to God: Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever, Amen, Phil. 4:20. Observe, (1.) God is to be considered by us as our Father: Now unto God and our Father. It is a great condescension and favour in God to own the relation of Father to sinners, and allow us to say to him, Our Father; and it is a title peculiar to the gospel dispensation. It is also a great privilege and encouragement to us to consider him as our... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Philippians 4:1

4:1 So, then, my brothers, whom I love and yearn for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved. Through this passage breathes the warmth of Paul's affection for his Philippian friends. He loves them and yearns for them. They are his joy and his crown. Those whom he had brought to Christ are his greatest joy when the shadows are closing about him. Any teacher knows what a thrill it is to point at some person who has done well and to be able to say: "That was one of my boys." ... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Philippians 4:2-3

4:2-3 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you too, true comrade in my work, help these women, because they toiled with me in the gospel, together with Clement, and my other fellow labourers, whose names are in the book of life. This is a passage about which we would very much like to know more. There is obvious drama behind it, heartbreak and great deeds, but of the dramatis personae we can only guess. First of all, there are certain problems to be... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Philippians 4:4-5

4:4-5 Rejoice in the Lord at all times. I will say it again--Rejoice! Let your gracious gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is near. Paul sets before the Philippians two great qualities of the Christian life. (i) The first is the quality of joy. "Rejoice ... I will say it again--Rejoice!" It is as if having said, "Rejoice!" there flashed into his mind a picture of all that was to come. He himself was lying in prison with almost certain death awaiting him; the Philippians were... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Philippians 4:6-7

4:6-7 Do not worry about anything; but in everything with prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all human thought, will stand sentinel over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. For the Philippians life was bound to be a worrying thing. Even to be a human being and so to be vulnerable to all the chances and the changes of this mortal life is in itself a worrying thing; and in the Early Church, to the... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Philippians 4:8-9

4:8-9 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things have the dignity of holiness on them, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are winsome, whatever things are fair-spoken, if there are any things which men count excellence, and if there are any things which bring men praise, think of the value of these things. Practise these things which you have teamed and received, and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you. The human... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Philippians 4:8-9

In this passage Paul lays down the way of true teaching. He speaks of the things which the Philippians have learned. These are the things in which he personally instructed them. This stands for the personal interpretation of the gospel which Paul brought to them. He speaks of the things which the Philippians have received. The word is paralambanein ( Greek #3880 ) which characteristically means to accept a fixed tradition. This then stands for the accepted teaching of the Church which... read more

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