Philippians 1:15
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New International Version
It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.

New Living Translation
It's true that some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives.

English Standard Version
Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.

Berean Study Bible
It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.

Berean Literal Bible
For some, even from envy and strife, are proclaiming Christ, but some also from goodwill--

New American Standard Bible
Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will;

King James Bible
Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
To be sure, some preach Christ out of envy and strife, but others out of good will.

International Standard Version
Some are preaching the Messiah because of jealousy and dissension, while others do so because of their good will.

NET Bible
Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from goodwill.

New Heart English Bible
Some indeed proclaim Christ even out of envy and strife, and some also out of good will.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And some men are preaching The Messiah out of envy and contention, and some in good will and in love,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Some people tell the message about Christ because of their jealousy and envy. Others tell the message about him because of their good will.

New American Standard 1977
Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even from envy and strife, but some also from good will;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Some indeed preach the Christ even out of envy and strife, but others also out of good will.

King James 2000 Bible
Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

American King James Version
Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

American Standard Version
Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Some indeed, even out of envy and contention; but some also for good will preach Christ.

Darby Bible Translation
Some indeed also for envy and strife, but some also for good will, preach the Christ.

English Revised Version
Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

Webster's Bible Translation
Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife; and some also from good will.

Weymouth New Testament
Some indeed actually preach Christ out of envy and contentiousness but there are also others who do it from good will.

World English Bible
Some indeed preach Christ even out of envy and strife, and some also out of good will.

Young's Literal Translation
Certain, indeed, even through envy and contention, and certain also through good-will, do preach the Christ;
Study Bible
Paul's Trials Advance the Gospel
14And most of the brothers, confident in the Lord by my chains, now dare more greatly to speak the word without fear. 15It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16The latter do so in love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.…
Cross References
Romans 2:8
But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow wickedness, there will be wrath and anger.

2 Corinthians 11:13
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ.
Treasury of Scripture

Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

preach.

Philippians 1:16,18 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to …

Acts 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach …

Acts 8:5,35 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ to them…

Acts 9:20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

Acts 10:36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace …

Acts 11:20 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they …

1 Corinthians 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block, and …

2 Corinthians 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, …

2 Corinthians 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves …

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was …

even.

Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness …

Matthew 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad …

Romans 16:17,18 Now I beseech you, brothers, mark them which cause divisions and …

1 Corinthians 3:3,4 For you are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and …

1 Corinthians 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give …

2 Corinthians 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, …

Galatians 2:4 And that because of false brothers unawares brought in, who came …

James 4:5,6 Do you think that the scripture said in vain, The spirit that dwells …

and.

Philippians 1:17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel.

1 Peter 5:2-4 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, …

(15) Of envy and strife.--Explained below as of "contention," or, more properly (as in Philippians 2:3, and in Romans 2:8; 2Corinthians 12:20; Galatians 5:20), of factiousness, or "party spirit." It seems impossible to doubt that this refers to the Judaising party, St. Paul's old antagonists. The whole tenor of the Epistle to the Romans shows how strong a Judaic element there was in Roman Christianity. Even in approaching Rome, we may gather from Acts 28:15, that the Apostle had felt doubtful of his reception there by the Church. His formal renunciation of the obstinate Jews, and proclamation that the Gentiles would hear what they had rejected, might excite against him not only the unbelieving Jews, but the Jewish and still more the Judaising Christians. The party "of Cephas" and the party "of Paul" might be placed in strong antagonism more easily than even at Corinth.

Verse 15. - Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife. The Judaizing party, whom St. Paul censures in Philippians 3:2, preached Christ, but not from pure motives. Like the writers of the pseudo-Clementines, they envied St. Paul, and in the wicked madness of the odium theologicum, they wished to distress St. Paul, to depreciate his preaching, and to exalt their own. And some also of good will. The word generally means God's good pleasure, as in Philippians 2:13, but here simply good will, benevolence towards St. Paul. Some, indeed, preach Christ,.... That is, some of them, as the Arabic version reads; some of the brethren, that were only so in profession; wherefore these could not be the unbelieving Jews, who preached the Messiah in general, but did not believe Jesus of Nazareth to be he, and opened the prophecies of the Old Testament relating to him, to the Gentiles; at which the apostle is by some thought to rejoice; inasmuch as this might be a means of giving light to them that were without any knowledge of the Messiah, and of leading them into an inquiry concerning him, whereby they might come to know the true Messiah, and believe in him: for these men were brethren, were members of the church, and whom the apostle owned as brethren in the ministry; neither of which could have been admitted had they been unbelievers to Jesus being the Messiah; nor would the apostle have rejoiced in their ministry; and besides, they preached the same Christ as other Gospel ministers, only on different principles and with different views; they preached the pure Gospel of Christ, they did not preach themselves, or any doctrines of their own, but Christ, nor the doctrines of other men; nor did they read lectures of mere morality, as the Gentiles did; nor were they legalists, as the Jews; they did not insist on the doctrine of works, or preach up justification and salvation by the works of the law, a doctrine the apostle always militated against, nor would he ever express any pleasure and satisfaction in it; nor did they preach a mixed Gospel, partly of grace and partly of works; they were not such as joined Moses and Christ, the law and Gospel, works and grace, together in men's salvation; nor did they corrupt and adulterate the word of God, or blend it with their own, or other men's inventions, but they preached Christ clearly and fully; he was the sum and substance of their ministry; they preached up his person as the true God, the Son of God equal with the Father, and possessed of all divine perfections; as truly man, having assumed a true body and a reasonable soul, and as God and man in one person; they preached him in all his offices, as prophet, priest, and King; justification by his righteousness alone, pardon through his blood, atonement and satisfaction by his sacrifice and salvation alone by him; they directed souls to him for all grace, and every supply of it; and assured them that though he died, he rose again from the dead, is ascended on high, is set down at the right hand of God, is an advocate with the Father, and ever lives to make intercession for his people; and when he has gathered them all in, he will come a second time to judge the world in righteousness, and take then, to himself, that they may be ever with him: and yet all this they did,

even of envy and strife; not of "envy" to Christ, whom they preached, but of envy to the apostle; they envied his gifts, his usefulness and success in the ministry; and he being now in bonds, they thought it a proper opportunity to exert themselves, and set up preaching Christ as he had done, in the clearest manner; hoping they should meet with the same success, and gain great honour and applause in the church, and even be able to transfer to themselves that glory which belonged to the apostle: as for their "strife" and "contention", of which they also preached Christ; it was not with other faithful ministers of the word, about the doctrines of the Gospel; for in these they were agreed with them, at least, in appearance and profession, and in their ministry ever did they raise strifes and contentions about words, from which comes envying among the brethren; for this would not have answered their ends, which were vain glory and popular applause; but they strove and contended one with another, who should preach Christ best and clearest, or with the apostle to get his glory and honour from him; they strove to out vie one another, and particularly him in preaching Christ: but there were others of the brethren who were truly such, who preached Christ as well as they, and upon better principles, and with better views,

and some also of good will; or "willingly" and "freely", as the Arabic version renders it; without any selfish end or sinister view of vain glory; not moved unto it by envy or ambition; not doing it in a contentious manner, and with an ill design; but of pure "good will" to the Gospel, having a real liking of it, an hearty love for it, a sincere desire to spread it, and promote the interest of a Redeemer, and the good of souls by it; having in a spiritual and experimental manner felt the power, and tasted the sweetness of it themselves: and so were inwardly affected and truly disposed to preach it, clear of all external motives and ambitious views; and as having a good will to the apostle himself, whose heart they knew was in the Gospel, though he was now hindered from the ministry of it; and therefore to the best of their abilities were desirous of supplying his place without the least injury to his character. 15. "Some indeed are preaching Christ even for envy, that is, to carry out the envy which they felt towards Paul, on account of the success of the Gospel in the capital of the world, owing to his steadfastness in his imprisonment; they wished through envy to transfer the credit of its progress from him to themselves. Probably Judaizing teachers (Ro 14:1-23; 1Co 3:10-15; 9:1, etc.; 2Co 11:1-4).

some also of—rather, "for"

good will—answering to "the brethren" (Php 1:14); some being well disposed to him.1:12-20 The apostle was a prisoner at Rome; and to take off the offence of the cross, he shows the wisdom and goodness of God in his sufferings. These things made him known, where he would never have otherwise been known; and led some to inquire after the gospel. He suffered from false friends, as well as from enemies. How wretched the temper of those who preached Christ out of envy and contention, and to add affliction to the bonds that oppressed this best of men! The apostle was easy in the midst of all. Since our troubles may tend to the good of many, we ought to rejoice. Whatever turns to our salvation, is by the Spirit of Christ; and prayer is the appointed means of seeking for it. Our earnest expectation and hope should not be to be honoured of men, or to escape the cross, but to be upheld amidst temptation, contempt, and affliction. Let us leave it to Christ, which way he will make us serviceable to his glory, whether by labour or suffering, by diligence or patience, by living to his honour in working for him, or dying to his honour in suffering for him.
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