Philippians 1:8
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New International Version
God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

New Living Translation
God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus.

English Standard Version
For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.

Berean Study Bible
God is my witness how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

Berean Literal Bible
For God is my witness how I long after you all in the affection of Christ Jesus.

New American Standard Bible
For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.

King James Bible
For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For God is my witness, how deeply I miss all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

International Standard Version
For God is my witness how much I long for all of you with the compassion that the Messiah Jesus provides.

NET Bible
For God is my witness that I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

New Heart English Bible
For God is my witness, how I long after all of you in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For God is my witness, how much I love you with the affection of Yeshua The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God is my witness that, with all the compassion of Christ Jesus, I long [to see] every one of you.

New American Standard 1977
For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

King James 2000 Bible
For God is my witness, how greatly I long after you all in the affections of Jesus Christ.

American King James Version
For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

American Standard Version
For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

Darby Bible Translation
For God is my witness how I long after you all in [the] bowels of Christ Jesus.

English Revised Version
For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus.

Webster's Bible Translation
For God is my witness, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
For God is my witness how I yearn over all of you with tender Christian affection.

World English Bible
For God is my witness, how I long after all of you in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus.

Young's Literal Translation
For God is my witness, how I long for you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ,
Study Bible
Thanksgiving and Prayer
7It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart. For in my chains and in my defense and confirmation of the gospel, you are all partners in grace with me. 8God is my witness how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and profound insight,…
Cross References
Job 16:19
"Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, And my advocate is on high.

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

Galatians 3:26
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:1
Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you must stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.
Treasury of Scripture

For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

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

Romans 9:1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing …

Galatians 1:20 Now the things which I write to you, behold, before God, I lie not.

1 Thessalonians 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor …

how.

Philippians 2:26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that …

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

2 Corinthians 13:9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and you are strong: and this also …

Galatians 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ …

Colossians 2:1 For I would that you knew what great conflict I have for you, and …

1 Thessalonians 2:8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have …

2 Timothy 1:4 Greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I …

in.

Philippians 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of …

Isaiah 16:11 Why my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and my inward parts …

Isaiah 63:15 Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of your holiness …

Jeremiah 31:20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spoke …

Luke 1:78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on …

2 Corinthians 6:12 You are not straitened in us, but you are straitened in your own bowels.

2 Corinthians 7:15 And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembers …

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels …

Philemon 1:12 Whom I have sent again: you therefore receive him, that is, my own bowels:

1 John 3:17 But whoever has this world's good, and sees his brother have need, …

(8) God is my record.--We have a similar adjuration in Romans 1:9; 2Corinthians 1:23; 1Thessalonians 2:5; 1Thessalonians 2:10. These instances show in what sense St. Paul interpreted such commands as the "swear not at all" of Matthew 5:34.

In the bowels of Jesus Christ.--The use of the word, which we translate (not very happily or correctly) by "bowels," is common with St. Paul. (See 2Corinthians 6:12; 2Corinthians 7:15; Colossians 3:12; Philemon 1:7; Philemon 1:12; Philemon 1:20.) It corresponds to our use of "heart" as the seat of affection--the word "heart" itself in the New Testament being employed, in a wider sense, to signify the whole inner man. (See Ephesians 1:18 : "the eyes of your heart being enlightened," and Note there.) But the phrase here is striking and even startling. "I long after you" (says St. Paul) "in the heart of Jesus Christ." He can say (as in Galatians 2:20), "I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me." Hence the deep yearning of love which he feels for them he knows to be an emanation, faint indeed, but true, from the "heart of Jesus Christ" dwelling in him.

Verse 8. - For God is my record - rather, witness (comp. Romans 1:9) - how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. The word σπλάγχνα, here rendered "bowels," means the heart, liver, etc.. he not the entrails. The expression is remarkable, and is well illustrated by Bengel's striking words, "Paulus non in Pauli, sed Jesu Christi movetur visceribus." "Not I, but Christ liveth in me." He is so united with Christ that he feels with the heart of Christ, he loves with the love of Christ. For God is my record,.... Which is all one as swearing by him; it is in form of an oath, being a solemn appeal to him as the searcher of hearts, for the uprightness of his mind, the sincerity of his expressions, and the strength of his affections:

how greatly I long after you all; the common members, as well as the bishops and deacons, the weak as well as the strong believers, the poor as well as the rich; the apostle's respects were universal, and without distinction: he longed after their spiritual welfare, an increase of gifts and grace among them; he was their spiritual father, and he hankered after them; as parents after their children; he longed to see them, that he might enjoy their company and conversation, have communion with them, and impart some spiritual gift unto them: and this he did

in the bowels of Jesus Christ; not with an human and carnal affection, but with a Christian and spiritual one; with a love which came from Christ, and was in imitation of him, and on account of their being in him, loved by him, belonging to him, and being believers in him: it was in the most tender manner that he loved them, and was affected to them; the phrase denotes, that his love towards them was internal, in his heart, and was most tender and strong; and like to that tender concern Christ had for them, and which he stirred up in him. 8. Confirmation of Php 1:7.

record—that is, witness.

in the bowels of Jesus Christ—"Christ Jesus" is the order in the oldest manuscripts. My yearning love (so the Greek implies) to you is not merely from natural affection, but from devotedness to Christ Jesus. "Not Paul, but Jesus Christ lives in Paul; wherefore Paul is not moved in the bowels (that is, the tender love, Jer 31:20) of Paul, but of Jesus Christ" [Bengel]. All real spiritual love is but a portion of Christ's love which yearns in all who are united to Him [Alford].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.
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