Philippians 1:10
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New International Version
so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,

New Living Translation
For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ's return.

English Standard Version
so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,

New American Standard Bible
so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;

King James Bible
That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that you can approve the things that are superior and can be pure and blameless in the day of Christ,

International Standard Version
so that you may be able to choose what is best and be pure and blameless until the day when the Messiah returns,

NET Bible
so that you can decide what is best, and thus be sincere and blameless for the day of Christ,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That you would distinguish those things that are suitable, and that you may be pure, without an offense in the day of The Messiah,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
That way you will be able to determine what is best and be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that ye may approve the best, that ye may be sincere and without offense until the day of Christ,

King James 2000 Bible
That you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ;

American King James Version
That you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ.

American Standard Version
so that ye may approve the things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and void of offence unto the day of Christ;

Douay-Rheims Bible
That you may approve the better things, that you may be sincere and without offence unto the day of Christ,

Darby Bible Translation
that ye may judge of and approve the things that are more excellent, in order that ye may be pure and without offence for Christ's day,

English Revised Version
so that ye may approve the things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and void of offence unto the day of Christ;

Webster's Bible Translation
That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ;

Weymouth New Testament
so that you may be men of transparent character, and may be blameless, in preparation for the day of Christ,

World English Bible
so that you may approve the things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense to the day of Christ;

Young's Literal Translation
for your proving the things that differ, that ye may be pure and offenceless -- to a day of Christ,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:8-11 Shall not we pity and love those souls whom Christ loves and pities? Those who abound in any grace, need to abound more. Try things which differ; that we may approve the things which are excellent. The truths and laws of Christ are excellent; and they recommend themselves as such to any attentive mind. Sincerity is that in which we should have our conversation in the world, and it is the glory of all our graces. Christians should not be apt to take offence, and should be very careful not to offend God or the brethren. The things which most honour God will most benefit us. Let us not leave it doubtful whether any good fruit is found in us or not. A small measure of Christian love, knowledge, and fruitfulness should not satisfy any.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - That ye may approve things that are excellent. Love, issuing in spiritual discernment, would enable them to recognize, to test, to prove things that are excellent; so Bengel," Non modo prae malts bona, seal in bonds optima." This seems better than the alternative rendering, "to prove the things that differ" (comp. Romans 2:18). That ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ. Αἰλικρινής according to the common derivation (from εἵλη, sunlight, and κρίνω), means "judged in the full light of the sun," that is, pure, true; comp. John 2:21, "He that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." According to another possible derivation, the word would mean "unmixed," that is, genuine, sincere. "Without offense" may be taken actively or passively; without giving offense (causing stumbling) to others, or without stumbling themselves. Perhaps the latter sense is more suitable here. He prays that the Philippians may be true and pure inwardly, and blameless in their outward lives. "Till," rather, "against the day of Christ." The preposition εἰς does not denote time only, as ἄχρις in Ver. 6; it implies preparation.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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, but should be examined, which is right and best to be chosen and preferred; and to such trial and examination it is necessary that a man should be transformed, by the renewing of his mind, that he should have spiritual light, knowledge, and experience, have his spiritual senses exercised to discern the difference of things, and also the guidance, direction, and influence of the Spirit of God: and this trial must be made, not according to carnal reason, and the judgment and dictates of it; for the most excellent things are above it, and out of its sphere, and therefore judged foolish, and rejected by it; but according to the word of God, the Scriptures of truth, in the light of the divine Spirit, and with spiritual judgment and sense; when some things will be found excellent, as Christ, and the knowledge of him in his person, offices, grace, righteousness, blood, sacrifice, and satisfaction, and the several truths of the Gospel relating to peace, pardon, justification, adoption, sanctification, and eternal life; and of the several doctrines of the Gospel, some will appear in their nature and use more excellent than others, more grand and sublime; such as concern the sovereign and distinguishing grace of God, the glory of Christ, and the salvation of the elect; some being milk for babes, others meat for strong men. And these being tried and proved, first by the word of God, and then by the experience of the saints, are to be approved above thousands of gold and silver, and esteemed more than our necessary food; even the sincere milk of the word, as it is by newborn babes, as well as the strong meat of it by the adult, and all to be highly valued and abode by, and held fast,

That ye may be sincere; or "pure", as the Syriac version renders it; pure as the sun, discerned and judged by the light of it, as the word signifies, which discovers motes, faults, and flaws; in which, some think, is a metaphor taken either from the eagle, which holds up its young against the sun, and such as can bear the light of it she retains as her own, but such that cannot she rejects as a spurious brood; or from persons in business, who hold up the goods they are buying to the sun, to see if they can observe any fault in them: so such may be said to be sincere, or pure, who are pure in heart, life, and conversation, whose principles and practices will bear the test of light; such are sincere, who are like honey without wax, and fine flour without leaven, that have no mixture of corruption in doctrine, life, or manners; whose grace is genuine and right; whose faith is unfeigned; whose love to God, and Christ, and one another, is without dissimulation; whose hope is lively, and of a soul purifying nature, and is built on a good foundation; and whose repentance is attended with genuine effects, and proper fruits; whose principles are unmixed; who do not corrupt or adulterate the word of God, but desire and retain the sincere milk of it, and hold the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience; whose worship is also pure and spiritual, who worship God in spirit and truth, under the influence, and by the assistance of the Spirit of God, and with their whole hearts and spirits, and according to the truth of the Gospel; who keep the ordinances as they were delivered, without any human inventions, corruptions, and mixtures; who are sincere in their hearts, pure and sound in heart, simple, plain hearted, and single eyed; choose to be good, rather than seem to be so; whose desires after God, and divine things, and whose affections for them, are true and real, and proceed from the bottom of their hearts; and who have their conversation in the world by the grace of God, in simplicity and godly sincerity; and such the apostle wishes these saints to be, and adds,

and without offence until the day of Christ; to God, as considered in the righteousness of Christ, in which they are perfectly without offence, and will always continue so; or in their walk and conversation before God, in which, though they may in many things offend, yet not be guilty of any notorious iniquity, and much less of living in it: and to themselves, to their own consciences, exercising a conscience void of offence towards God and men; acting according to that light they have received, and those principles they have embraced and professed; desiring to be kept from all evil, that it might not grieve and wound them; and doing nothing in things of an indifferent nature, with offence, or against the dictates of conscience, and to the violation of it: and also to others, to Jew or Gentile, to the world, or to the church of God, by avoiding every thing that is offensive to either; not good things, but evil ones, and those that are indifferent; that peace may be preserved, and their own good may not be evil spoken of; that the children of God may not be grieved, staggered, and stumbled, nor sinners hardened, or have any occasion to blaspheme. The phrase denotes an harmless life and conversation, and a continuance in it to the end, to the day of death, or coming of our Lord, which is to be loved, longed, wished, and looked for, and to be always had in view; and that to engage to a becoming life and conversation, with sincerity, and without offence, since in that day all hearts and actions will be exposed and laid open.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. Literally, "With a view to your proving (and so approving and embracing) the things that excel" (Ro 2:18); not merely things not bad, but the things best among those that are good; the things of more advanced excellence. Ask as to things, not merely, Is there no harm, but is there any good, and which is the best?

sincere—from a Greek root. Examined in the sunlight and found pure.

without offence—not stumbling; running the Christian race without falling through any stumbling-block, that is, temptation, in your way.

till—rather, "unto," "against"; so that when the day of Christ comes, ye may be found pure and without offense.

Philippians 1:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
Thanksgiving and Prayer
9And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Cross References
Romans 2:18
if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law;

1 Corinthians 1:8
He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:6
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 2:16
as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.
Treasury of Scripture

That you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ.

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Isaiah 7:15,16 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, …

Amos 5:14,15 Seek good, and not evil, that you may live: and so the LORD, the …

Micah 3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from …

John 3:20 For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the …

Romans 2:18 And know his will, and approve the things that are more excellent, …

Romans 7:16,22 If then I do that which I would not, I consent to the law that it is good…

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject …

Romans 12:2,9 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the …

approve things that are excellent. or, try things that differ.

Job 12:11 Does not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

Job 34:3 For the ear tries words, as the mouth tastes meat.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the …

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves …

Ephesians 5:10 Proving what is acceptable to the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Hebrews 5:12-14 For when for the time you ought to be teachers…

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they …

Revelation 2:2 I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you …

that ye may be.

Philippians 1:16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to …

Genesis 20:5 Said he not to me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, …

Joshua 24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth…

John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, Behold an Israelite …

Acts 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void …

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

2 Corinthians 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of …

2 Corinthians 8:8 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of …

Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, …

Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having …

Ephesians 6:24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

1 Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before …

1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly…

without.

Matthew 16:23 But he turned, and said to Peter, Get you behind me, Satan: you are …

Matthew 18:6,7 But whoever shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me…

Matthew 26:33 Peter answered and said to him, Though all men shall be offended …

Romans 14:20,21 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; …

Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brothers, mark them which cause divisions and …

1 Corinthians 8:13 Why, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while …

1 Corinthians 10:32 Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor …

2 Corinthians 6:3 Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:

Galatians 5:11 And I, brothers, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer …

1 Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before …

till. See on

1 Corinthians 1:8 Who shall also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless …

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