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Why is σεμνός (semnos) translated as "honest" or "honorable" in Philippians 4:8?

Why is σεμνός (semnos, Strong's number G4586) translated as "honest" (KJV) or "honorable" (WEB) in Philippians 4:8? In the three other verses where σεμνός is used (1 Timothy 3:8, ...
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Greek question Philippians 3:9 is it "faith in Christ" or "faith of Christ"

I'm looking at Philippians 3:9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; (...
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Why is "to do" (ἐνεργεῖν) rendered as "power" in the NLT?

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. - Phil. 2:13 (NLT) As per the title, why is ἐνεργεῖν rendered as "power" in the NLT when it is ...
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Does numbers 16 showcase the reality of Hell/Sheol?

We read: “And Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “Separate yourselves from the midst of this community, that I can destroy them in a moment.” And they fell on their faces, and they said, “God, ...
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Is to die gain or not? Paul (Philippians 1:21-24, 2 Corinthians 5:8) vs. David (Psalm 6:4-5, 30:9)

According to Paul, it is: 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard ...
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Was Jesus obedient unto death, Phil 2:8; or He became obedient because He suffered, Heb 5:8?

Philippians 2:8; KJV; 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Hebrews 5:8,9; KJV; 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned ...
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When Paul said that he would like to be "at home with the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:8), was he referring to Abraham's bosom?

Paul believed that after leaving his body he would be at home/present with the Lord: Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. [2 Corinthians 5:...
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What does μορφῇ mean in Phil. 2:6&7?

Many questions have been asked about Phil. 2:6-11. The following question asking about ἴσα is the closest to this one, but another question is the meaning of μορφῇ What is the significance of ἴσα in ...
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How might "one mind" in Philippians 2:2 compare with "your mind" in Mark 12:30?

"complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind." Philippians 2:2 ESV -One mind. mind/phroneo. "And you shall love the Lord your ...
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What does "understanding" mean in "the peace of God which surpasses all understanding" Philippians 4:7?

"And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus". Philippians 4:7 ESV. [understanding-Strong's 3563]. e.g. How can Christians have ...
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What is the justification for the New international Version and New Living Translation's translation of Philippians 2:6?

Philippians 2:6 NIV Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage Philippians 2:6 NLT Though he was God, he did not think of equality with ...
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What did Jesus empty himself of in Philippians 2:7 [duplicate]

Philippians 2:7 ASV but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men; What is Paul telling us in this verse?
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Can Philippians 1:6 be connected to 1 Corinthians 1:4-9?

Knowing that Paul mentions the guarantee of the Spirit multiple times in different letters, could it be possible that Paul is referring to the same concept of final perseverance in both Philippians 1:...
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Does Philippians 2:5-8 indicate chronological progression?

Based upon comments to this question on Christianity SE and, looking at the text of Philippians 2:5-8: Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form ...
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Can the participle ὑπάρχων in Phil. 2:6 mean "because he was?"

A Greek scholar at Dallas Seminary says this participle can be understood as "because" which gives a whole deeper level of understanding of humility, beginning with God.
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What was a "drink offering" in the O/T?

The term "drink offering" seems to have first appeared in Numbers 28: Numbers 28:8: "The other lamb you shall offer at twilight; as the grain offering of the morning and as its drink ...
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Does our righteousness that comes from God is equal to His righteousness?

In Phil. 3:9 we read: "and be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;&...
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How might we reconcile Titus 3:3 with Philippians 3:4b-6?

In his Letter to Titus, the apostle Paul seems to include himself in his description of those who earlier practiced sinful behavior: Titus 3:3: "For we also once were foolish ourselves, ...
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Did Pharisees have to be married (Phil. 3:4b-6)? [closed]

We know that Paul, a Pharisee, is single as he writes his First Letter to the Corinthians: 1 Corinthians 7:8: "But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain ...
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How exactly was Paul able to "do all things through Christ who strengthened him"? Philippians 4:12-13

Philippians 4:12-13: 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I ...
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Who emptied himself in Philippians 2 :6-7? What does empty mean? [duplicate]

Philippians 2:6-7 KJV says 6 who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in ...
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What do the words kenoo (empty) and harpagmos (seize) mean Philippians 2:5-7? [duplicate]

American Standard Version of Philippians 2:5-7, Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be ...
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How to reconcile Philippians 2:5-8 with Numbers 23:19 and Hosea 11:9?

Philippians 2:5-8 is commonly interpreted by many as a description of the incarnation of Jesus: 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of ...
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Are John 1:14 and Philippians 2:5-8 describing the same event?

John 1:14 (YLT): 14 And the Word became flesh, and did tabernacle among us, and we beheld his glory, glory as of an only begotten of a father, full of grace and truth. Philippians 2:5-8 (YLT): 5 ...
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At what exact moments did Jesus start and finish emptying himself in Philippians 2:5-8?

Philippians 2:5-8 (YLT): 5 For, let this mind be in you that [is] also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, thought [it] not robbery to be equal to God, 7 but did empty himself, the form ...
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Did Paul believe that he would immediately be with Jesus as soon as he died?

21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both ...
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In Philippians 4:5, what does Paul mean when he states, “Let your moderation be known unto all men”?

While analyzing this particular verse, the word used for moderation in the Koine Greek is "epieikies" meaning equitable, fair, and/or fitting. How does that translate to moderation or in ...
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In Philippians 1:5, what does Paul mean by κοινωνίᾳ?

[Phl 1:5 YLT] (5) for your contribution to the good news from the first day till now, [Phl 1:5 NIV] (5) because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, [Phl 1:5 NKJV] (5) for ...
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What does "equality with God" mean, and how can it be "exploited"? Philippians 2:6

Philippians 2:5-8 (NRSV): 5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied ...
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Whom is Paul talking to in Philippians 2:14?

Philippians 2:14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, Was Pauling addressing only the Philippians? To all the churches then? And now?
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(Philippians 3:9) GREEK - Repeated Accusative Article

I'm trying to understand the greek of Philippians 3:9 and here Paul uses this lone accusative article over and over. Can you help me understand what this means? καὶ εὑρεθῶ ἐν αὐτῷ μὴ ἔχων ἐμὴν ...
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Did Paul say that persecuting the church was a righteous act in Philippians 3:6?

Philippians 3:6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. What did Paul mean by faultless righteousness?
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Daniel 12:3 What does this passage mean?

This is my first time here. My name is Guglielmo Bianchini, I'm italian. God bless My question: What is the meaning of this passage in Daniel 12:3 ? And they that be wise shall shine as the ...
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Does ισα το θεου refer to the role of Jesus as κυριos in Philippians 2:6?

Does ισα το θεου refer to the role of Jesus as κυριos in Philippians 2:6? In verse 10, Paul applied the monotheistic-YHWH text Isaiah 45:23 to Jesus which showed that Jesus was either co-equal with ...
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When was Jesus ‘in God’s form’? Philippians 2:6

It is clear from the text that Jesus had a form of God prior to incarnation as per v7 “who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:...
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In Philippians 2:6-7, of what did Jesus empty himself in order to take the form of a servant? [duplicate]

In Philippians 2:6-7, of what did Jesus empty himself in order to take the form of a servant? It would seem the verb ἐκένωσεν must relate to something specific within the context. The answers on a ...
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What does in the "Form of God" mean?

5 Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself [from being in ...
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Philippians 2:12, working out our salvation be in "joy, love, and faith" or "fear, and trembling"?

Philippians 2:12 (DRB): Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but much more now in my absence,) with fear and trembling work out your salvation. ...
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What is the evidence in the Greek and Latin authors for treating the word ἁρπαγμός (Phil. 2:6) differently?

N.T. Wright in his famous article on the issue “Jesus Christ is Lord: Philippians 2.5-11,” pp. 56-98 in The Climax of the Covenant. Christ and the Law in Pauline Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, ...
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Philippians 2:10, is "under earth" a metaphor?

Philippians 2:10 (DRB): That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth: Is "under the earth" a metaphor? If it is a metaphor, then why ...
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A question about the mind of Christ in Corinthians and Philippians

For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. [1 Corinthians 2:16 KJV] Here, νοῦν, noun (mind) is accusative, masculine singular see Biblehub with ...
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Philippians 2:12 why “with fear?” [duplicate]

Soon after the beautiful declaration concerning the salvation of all mankind in Phil. 2:10-11 Paul exhorts the church So then, my beloved, even as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, ...
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Are the criteria for what a Christian should ponder given in Philippians 4:8 mutually inclusive?

Philippians 4:8, NIV: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or ...
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Understanding "others are better" in Philippians 2:3

It says "Instead, humbly think of others as being better than yourselves." This simple passage is actually complex from my perspective. Who are the "others" it refers to? Other Christians, or all ...
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Does Philippians 2:12 contradict 3:9?

Philippians 2:12 (NASB) So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; ...
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In Philippians 2:9-11 does YHVH surrender his name to the Messiah?

As far back as Exodus, God told the Jews not to give YHVH's angel/agent a hard time because "my name is in/upon him": [Exo 23:21 KJV] (21) Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not;...
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In Philippians 2:16 what does Paul mean by "holding firm to the word of life"?

[Phl 2:12-16 CSB] (12) Therefore, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, so now, not only in my presence but even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (13)...
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In Phil 4:6, should we interpret “anxiety” as a sin?

As a young Bible college student, being told from the pulpit that “if you have low self esteem, you are a sinner who is insulting God” left a life-long impression on me, an introverted person who at ...
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In Philippians 4:5, what does Paul mean by "the Lord is at hand"?

Phl 4:5 KJV - 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Variants of the phrase appears also in multiple prophets: Isa 13:6 KJV - 6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand;...
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What did Christ empty Himself of in the "Kenosis"? [duplicate]

In Phil 2:7, it is said that Christ emptied himself in order to take on the form of man in the incarnation. 2:7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men (...
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