Philippians 1:4
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New International Version
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy

New Living Translation
Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy,

English Standard Version
always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,

New American Standard Bible
always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all,

King James Bible
Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer,

International Standard Version
always praying joyfully in every one of my prayers for all of you

NET Bible
I always pray with joy in my every prayer for all of you

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For in all my prayers for your sakes, as I rejoice, I make petitions

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Every time I pray for all of you, I do it with joy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
always in every prayer of mine for you all, making request with joy,

King James 2000 Bible
Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

American King James Version
Always in every prayer of my for you all making request with joy,

American Standard Version
always in every supplication of mine on behalf of you all making my supplication with joy,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Always in all my prayers making supplication for you all, with joy;

Darby Bible Translation
constantly in my every supplication, making the supplication for you all with joy,

English Revised Version
always in every supplication of mine on behalf of you all making my supplication with joy,

Webster's Bible Translation
Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

Weymouth New Testament
always when offering any prayer on behalf of you all, finding a joy in offering it.

World English Bible
always in every request of mine on behalf of you all making my requests with joy,

Young's Literal Translation
always, in every supplication of mine for you all, with joy making the supplication,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:1-7 The highest honour of the most eminent ministers is, to be servants of Christ. And those who are not really saints on earth, never will be saints in heaven. Out of Christ, the best saints are sinners, and unable to stand before God. There is no peace without grace. Inward peace springs from a sense of Divine favour. And there is no grace and peace but from God our Father, the fountain and origin of all blessings. At Philippi the apostle was evil entreated, and saw little fruit of his labour; yet he remembers Philippi with joy. We must thank our God for the graces and comforts, gifts and usefulness of others, as we receive the benefit, and God receives the glory. The work of grace will never be perfected till the day of Jesus Christ, the day of his appearance. But we may always be confident God will perform his good work, in every soul wherein he has really begun it by regeneration; though we must not trust in outward appearances, nor in any thing but a new creation to holiness. People are dear to their ministers, when they receive benefit by their ministry. Fellow-sufferers in the cause of God should be dear one to another.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy. Perhaps the first part of this verse is better joined with Ver. 3, "I thank my God... always in every prayer of mine for you all;" so Bishop Lightfoot The Greek word for "prayer" and "request "is the same, better rendered "my supplication," he as the R.V.; it implies not merely a lifting up of the heart to God, but an earnest entreaty for a necessary gift. We meet now for the first time with that "joy" which is the keynote of this Epistle. "Summa epistolae, Gaudeo; gaudete;" so Bengel, who continues, "This Epistle of joy well follows that to the Ephesians, where love reigns. 'The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy.' Joy gives life to prayer."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Always in every prayer of mine for you all,.... The apostle was a praying believer, and a praying minister: notwithstanding all his gifts, and graces, and high attainments, he was not above the work and duty of prayer, and in which he was sensible he stood in need of the assistance and direction of the Spirit of God, As soon as he was converted he prayed, and continued to do so without ceasing, as he himself directs; he was constant and assiduous at the throne of grace, and was concerned for others, as well as himself, for all the churches, and for this church, and all the saints in it,

Making request with joy; for what God had done for them, and continued with them. Requests are to be made known to God with thanksgiving. When we request a favour of him, it becomes us to return thanks for what we have received from him. Thanksgiving is a branch of prayer; as we have always mercies to ask for, we have always mercies to be thankful for.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. making request—Translate, "making my request."

for you all—The frequent repetition in this Epistle of "all" with "you," marks that Paul desires to declare his love for all alike, and will not recognize any divisions among them.

with joy—the characteristic feature in this Epistle, as love is in that to the Ephesians (compare Php 1:18; Php 2:2, 19, 28; 3:1; 4:1, 4). Love and joy are the two first-fruits of the Spirit. Joy gives especial animation to prayers. It marked his high opinion of them, that there was almost everything in them to give him joy, and almost nothing to give him pain.

Philippians 1:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, 5in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.…
Cross References
Mark 5:5
Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.

Romans 1:9
God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you
Treasury of Scripture

Always in every prayer of my for you all making request with joy,

in.

Philippians 1:9-11 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge …

See on

Romans 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son…

Ephesians 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the …

1 Thessalonians 1:2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;

with.

Philippians 2:2 Fulfill you my joy, that you be like minded, having the same love, …

Philippians 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even …

Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my brothers dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and …

Luke 15:7,10 I say to you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner …

Colossians 2:5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, …

1 Thessalonians 2:19,20 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even …

Philemon 1:7 For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the bowels …

2 John 1:4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of your children walking in truth, …

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