Philippians 2:20
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New International Version
I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare.

New Living Translation
I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare.

English Standard Version
For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare.

Berean Study Bible
I have nobody else like him who will genuinely care for your needs.

Berean Literal Bible
For I have no one like-minded, who genuinely will care for the things relative to you.

New American Standard Bible
For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare.

King James Bible
For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For I have no one else like-minded who will genuinely care about your interests;

International Standard Version
I do not have anyone else like him who takes a genuine interest in your welfare.

NET Bible
For there is no one here like him who will readily demonstrate his deep concern for you.

New Heart English Bible
For I have no one else like-minded, who will truly care about you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For I do not have another here, who, like myself, is earnestly concerned for what is yours,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I don't have anyone else like Timothy. He takes a genuine interest in your welfare.

New American Standard 1977
For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I have no one likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.

King James 2000 Bible
For I have no man like minded, who will naturally care for your state.

American King James Version
For I have no man like minded, who will naturally care for your state.

American Standard Version
For I have no man likeminded, who will care truly for your state.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I have no man so of the same mind, who with sincere affection is solicitous for you.

Darby Bible Translation
For I have no one like-minded who will care with genuine feeling how ye get on.

English Revised Version
For I have no man likeminded, who will care truly for your state.

Webster's Bible Translation
For I have no man like-minded, who will naturally care for your state.

Weymouth New Testament
For I have no one likeminded with him, who will cherish a genuine care for you.

World English Bible
For I have no one else like-minded, who will truly care about you.

Young's Literal Translation
for I have no one like-minded, who sincerely for the things concerning you will care,
Study Bible
Timothy and Epaphroditus
19Now I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I learn how you are doing. 20I have nobody else like him who will genuinely care for your needs. 21For all the others look after their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.…
Cross References
Romans 15:5
Now may the God of endurance and encouragement grant you harmony with one another in Christ Jesus,

1 Corinthians 16:10
If Timothy comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, for he is doing the Lord's work, just as I am.

1 Timothy 4:6
By pointing out these things to the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished by the words of the faith and sound instruction you have followed.

2 Timothy 3:10
You, however, have observed my teaching, my conduct, my purpose, my faith, my patience, my love, my endurance,
Treasury of Scripture

For I have no man like minded, who will naturally care for your state.

I have.

Philippians 2:2,22 Fulfill you my joy, that you be like minded, having the same love, …

Psalm 55:13 But it was you, a man my equal, my guide, and my acquaintance.

Proverbs 31:29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but you excel them all.

John 10:13 The hireling flees, because he is an hireling, and cares not for the sheep.

John 12:6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was …

1 Corinthians 1:10,11 Now I beseech you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, …

Colossians 4:11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. …

1 Timothy 1:2 To Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from …

2 Timothy 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in you, which …

like-minded. or, so dear unto me.

1 Samuel 18:1,3 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking to Saul, …

(20) For I have no man likeminded.--That is, probably, like-minded with myself. St. Paul calls Timothy his "genuine (or, true) son in the faith" (1Timothy 1:2), a son who in spirit and affection was like his father. The word "naturally" in this verse is the same word, and should be translated genuinely, without either counterfeit or duplicity of aim; and the word "care" implies something of the same absorbing anxiety which is expressed on St. Paul's part in this passage.

Verse 20. - For I have no man like-minded; literally, of equal soul (comp. Deuteronomy 13:6, "Thy friend, which is as thine own soul"). "Timotheus,' says Bengel, "is a second Paul: where he is, there you should think that I myself am present." Others, not so well, explain the words, "I have no one like Timothy." The expression must, of course, be limited to those present at the moment, and available for the mission: it cannot in-elude St. Luke. Who will naturally care for your state (ὅστις); such as will care. Naturally (γνησίως: comp. 1 Timothy 1:2, where St. Paul calls Timothy "mine own soul in the faith," γνήσιον τέκνον); with a true, genuine affection. Timothy's love for St. Paul as his spiritual father will inspire him with genuine love for those who were so dear to St. Paul. Care is a strong word, μεριμνήσει, will be anxious (comp. Matthew 6:31). For I have no man likeminded,.... With myself; as my soul, so the Syriac version renders it. Timothy had a soul like the apostle's, which none that were with him, besides him, had; he was of the same judgment with him in the doctrines of grace; he received and preached the same Gospel as he did; he preached the same Christ, the Son of God, without yea and nay; he had the same affection for the apostle, and the souls of men, as he had; his soul was knit to his, and they had, as it were, but one soul in two bodies; he was engaged in the same work of the Lord, and pursued it with the same zeal and diligence: he was a second Paul in the pulpit; and there was no man likeminded as he, or so well disposed to the Philippians as he was, that had their good and cause at heart, and was willing to take so long a journey to do them service; for he had a particular affection for them, having been among them with the apostle, when he first preached the Gospel to them:

who will naturally care for your state. There were none like him that would; many were like the shepherds of Israel, that fed themselves and not the flock; but he was one that was diligent to know the state of the flock, and looked well to the herd under his care; and had an anxious care and solicitude, as the word signifies, for the good of souls. The work of a faithful Gospel minister is a work of care; one of his characteristics is, that he cares for the church of God; and though anxious care in worldly things is forbidden, yet in the affairs of Christ's house it is highly commendable, and especially when it is natural, or genuine and sincere, as Timothy's was: he had a sincere love, an hearty and real concern for their good; and which he would show by delivering to them the sincere milk of the word, by preaching the Gospel in the power and purity of it, with all sincerity and uprightness, with a single eye to the glory of Christ, and the good of their souls; and which is the apostle's reason for sending him unto them. 20. His reason for sending Timothy above all others: I have none so "like-minded," literally, "like-souled," with myself as is Timothy. Compare De 13:6, "Thy friend which is as thine own soul" (Ps 55:14). Paul's second self.

naturally—Greek, "genuinely"; "with sincere solicitude." A case wherein the Spirit of God so changed man's nature, that to be natural was with him to be spiritual: the great point to be aimed at.2:19-30 It is best with us, when our duty becomes natural to us. Naturally, that is, sincerely, and not in pretence only; with a willing heart and upright views. We are apt to prefer our own credit, ease, and safety, before truth, holiness, and duty; but Timothy did not so. Paul desired liberty, not that he might take pleasure, but that he might do good. Epaphroditus was willing to go to the Philippians, that he might be comforted with those who had sorrowed for him when he was sick. It seems, his illness was caused by the work of God. The apostle urges them to love him the more on that account. It is doubly pleasant to have our mercies restored by God, after great danger of their removal; and this should make them more valued. What is given in answer to prayer, should be received with great thankfulness and joy.
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