Philippians 2:30
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English Standard Version
for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.

King James Bible
Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.

American Standard Version
because for the work of Christ he came nigh unto death, hazarding his life to supply that which was lacking in your service toward me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because for the work of Christ he came to the point of death: delivering his life, that he might fulfil that which on your part was wanting towards my service.

English Revised Version
because for the work of Christ he came nigh unto death, hazarding his life to supply that which was lacking in your service toward me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Because for the work of Christ he was nigh to death, not regarding his life, to supply the want of your service towards me.

Weymouth New Testament
because it was for the sake of Christ's work that he came so near death, hazarding, as he did, his very life in endeavouring to make good any deficiency that there might be in your gifts to me.

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Vincent's Word Studies

The work of Christ

The text varies: some reading work of the Lord, and others the work absolutely. If the latter, the meaning is labor for the Gospel; compare Acts 15:38. If the Lord or Christ, the reference may be to the special service of Epaphroditus in bringing the contribution of the Philippians.

Not regarding his life (παραβουλευσάμενος τῇ ψυχῇ)

The correct reading is παραβολευσάμενος, meaning to venture, to expose one's self. It was also a gambler's word, to throw down a stake. Hence Paul says that Epaphroditus recklessly exposed his life. Rev., hazarding. The brotherhoods of the ancient Church, who cared for the sick at the risk of their lives, were called parabolani, or reckless persons.

Your lack of service (τὸ ὑμῶν ὑστέρημα λειτουργίας)

An unfortunate rendering, since it might be taken to imply some neglect on the Philippians' part. Rev., that which was lacking in your service. The expression is complimentary and affectionate, to the effect that all that was wanting in the matter of their service was their ministration in person, which was supplied by Epaphroditus.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the work.

1 Corinthians 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

1 Corinthians 16:10 Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he works the work of the Lord, as I also do.

nigh.

Philippians 2:17,27 Yes, and if I be offered on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all...

Philippians 1:19,20 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ...

Matthew 25:36-40 Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me...

Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear to myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry...

Romans 16:4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

2 Corinthians 12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives to the death.

to.

Philippians 4:10,18 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me has flourished again; wherein you were also careful...

1 Corinthians 16:17 I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.

Philemon 1:13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in your stead he might have ministered to me in the bonds of the gospel:

Cross References
Acts 20:24
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

1 Corinthians 16:17
I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have made up for your absence,

Philippians 4:10
I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity.

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