Philippians 2:16
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ's return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.

English Standard Version
holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

New American Standard Bible
holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.

King James Bible
Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Hold firmly to the message of life. Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn't run or labor for nothing.

International Standard Version
as you hold firmly to the word of life. Then I will be proud when the Messiah returns that I did not run in vain or work hard in vain.

NET Bible
by holding on to the word of life so that on the day of Christ I will have a reason to boast that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For you are in the place of life to them, unto my boasting in the day of The Messiah, because I have not run for nothing, neither have I labored worthlessly.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
as you hold firmly to the word of life. Then I can brag on the day of Christ that my effort was not wasted and that my work produced results.

Jubilee Bible 2000
holding fast the word of life, that I may glory in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

King James 2000 Bible
Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.

American King James Version
Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.

American Standard Version
holding forth the word of life; that I may have whereof to glory in the day of Christ, that I did not run in vain neither labor in vain.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Holding forth the word of life to my glory in the day of Christ, because I have not run in vain, nor laboured in vain.

Darby Bible Translation
holding forth [the] word of life, so as to be a boast for me in Christ's day, that I have not run in vain nor laboured in vain.

English Revised Version
holding forth the word of life; that I may have whereof to glory in the day of Christ, that I did not run in vain neither labour in vain.

Webster's Bible Translation
Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.

Weymouth New Testament
holding out to them a Message of Life. It will then be my glory on the day of Christ that I did not run my race in vain nor toil in vain.

World English Bible
holding up the word of life; that I may have something to boast in the day of Christ, that I didn't run in vain nor labor in vain.

Young's Literal Translation
the word of life holding forth, for rejoicing to me in regard to a day of Christ, that not in vain did I run, nor in vain did I labour;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:12-18 We must be diligent in the use of all the means which lead to our salvation, persevering therein to the end. With great care, lest, with all our advantages, we should come short. Work out your salvation, for it is God who worketh in you. This encourages us to do our utmost, because our labour shall not be in vain: we must still depend on the grace of God. The working of God's grace in us, is to quicken and engage our endeavours. God's good-will to us, is the cause of his good work in us. Do your duty without murmurings. Do it, and do not find fault with it. Mind your work, and do not quarrel with it. By peaceableness; give no just occasion of offence. The children of God should differ from the sons of men. The more perverse others are, the more careful we should be to keep ourselves blameless and harmless. The doctrine and example of consistent believers will enlighten others, and direct their way to Christ and holiness, even as the light-house warns mariners to avoid rocks, and directs their course into the harbour. Let us try thus to shine. The gospel is the word of life, it makes known to us eternal life through Jesus Christ. Running, denotes earnestness and vigour, continual pressing forward; labouring, denotes constancy, and close application. It is the will of God that believers should be much in rejoicing; and those who are so happy as to have good ministers, have great reason to rejoice with them.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - Holding forth the word of life. Holding out to others. Meyer translates "possessing," and others, as Bengel, "holding fast. This clause should be taken with the first clause of Ver. 15, "That ye may be blameless," etc., he the words, "among whom," etc.. he being parenthetical. That I may rejoice in the day of Christ; literally, for matter of boasting to me against the day of Christ. He boasts or glories in their salvation. "The day of Christ," says Bishop Lightfoot, "is a phrase peculiar to this Epistle, more commonly it is ' the day of the Lord.'" That I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain; translate, did not. The verbs me aorist. He looks back upon his finished course (comp. Galatians 2:2).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Holding forth the word of life,.... By which may be meant, either Christ the essential Word, in whom life was, and is, and who is called the quick or living Word, John 1:1; and here may be styled the Word of life, because he has all life in him; he has a divine life in him, as God, he is the living God; and it is given to him to have life in himself, as Mediator, for all his people; and he ever lives as man to make intercession for them: and because he is the author of life in every sense, of natural life to all men, of spiritual and eternal life to as many as the Father has given him: or else the Gospel is intended, and the doctrines of it; and which are sometimes called the words of eternal life, and of this life, John 6:68; and that because they are a means of quickening dead sinners, they are a savour of life unto life, 2 Corinthians 2:16, and the Spirit that giveth life, and of enlivening and comforting living saints; they treat of Christ who is the life; by the Gospel, life and immortality are brought to light; that gives an account of everlasting life; points out Christ as the way to it, shows that meetness for it lies in regenerating grace, and a right unto it is in the righteousness of Christ. Now this Word of life is held forth, partly by the preaching of it to a dark world, as by some; and partly by professing it publicly, as it should be by all who are enlightened with it; and also by living lives and conversations becoming and suitable to it,

That I may rejoice in the day of Christ. The apostle having observed the advantages that would accrue to themselves, and the benefit they might be of to the men of the world, by regarding the several exhortations he had given them, and which ends he mentions as reasons and arguments to enforce them, closes with taking notice of the use and service it would be to himself; it would give him joy and pleasure when Christ should come a second time to judge the world; and when dead in Christ would be raised, and set at his right hand, and these among the rest, to whom the apostle had been useful; and who continued to bear an honourable testimony in the world to Christ, and his Gospel, to the end:

that I have not run in vain, nor laboured in vain; being blessed with such converts under his ministry, as were a credit to religion, an honour to the Gospel, and a crown of rejoicing to him. He expresses his ministerial function, and the discharge of it, by running in a race, as the ministry of a person is sometimes called his course, Acts 13:25; in allusion to the Olympic games, which the apostle often refers to, when the conqueror obtained a crown; and it was enough for our apostle, and a crown of rejoicing to him, that his spiritual children walked in the truth, and as became it, to the end: and also by labour, and hard service, as the ministerial work is, when faithfully performed; and especially as his was, which was attended with so many difficulties, and yet with such constancy, diligence, and indefatigableness, all which was not in vain; and he could look back upon it with pleasure, when his followers stood fast in the faith, and adorned the doctrine of Christ.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. Holding forth—to them, and so applying it (the common meaning of the Greek; perhaps here including also the other meaning, "holding fast"). The image of light-bearers or luminaries is carried on from Php 2:15. As the heavenly luminaries' light is closely connected with the life of animals, so ye hold forth the light of Christ's "word" (received from me) which is the "life" of the Gentiles (Joh 1:4; 1Jo 1:1, 5-7). Christ is "the Light of the world" (Joh 8:12); believers are only "light-bearers" reflecting His light.

that I may rejoice in—literally, "with a view to (your being) a subject of rejoicing to me against the day of Christ" (Php 4:1; 2Co 1:14; 1Th 2:19).

that I have not run in vain—that it was not in vain that I labored for your spiritual good.

Philippians 2:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Shining as Stars
15so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, 16holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain. 17But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all.…
Cross References
Isaiah 49:4
But I said, "I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the LORD's hand, and my reward is with my God."

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.

Galatians 2:2
I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain.

Galatians 4:11
I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you.

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

Philippians 1:26
so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.

1 Thessalonians 3:5
For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain.
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Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.

Holding.

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: …

Psalm 40:9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: see, I have …

Psalm 71:17 O God, you have taught me from my youth: and till now have I declared …

Matthew 10:27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak you in light: and what you …

Luke 12:8 Also I say to you, Whoever shall confess me before men, him shall …

Romans 10:8-16 But what said it? The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in …

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, …

the word.

John 6:63,68 It is the spirit that vivifies; the flesh profits nothing: the words …

Acts 13:26 Men and brothers, children of the stock of Abraham, and whoever among …

2 Timothy 2:15-17 Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not …

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any …

1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, …

1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we …

that I may.

Philippians 1:26 That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by …

2 Corinthians 1:14 As also you have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, …

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

that I have.

Isaiah 49:4 Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for …

1 Corinthians 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that …

Galatians 2:2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel …

Galatians 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed on you labor in vain.

1 Thessalonians 3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your …

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