Philippians 2:21
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New International Version
For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

New Living Translation
All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ.

English Standard Version
For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

Berean Study Bible
For all the others look after their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

Berean Literal Bible
For those all are seeking the things of themselves, not the things of Jesus Christ.

New American Standard Bible
For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.

King James Bible
For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

International Standard Version
For all the others look after their own interests, not after those of Jesus the Messiah.

NET Bible
Others are busy with their own concerns, not those of Jesus Christ.

New Heart English Bible
For they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For they are all seeking what is their own and not what is of Yeshua The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Everyone else looks after his own interests, not after those of Jesus Christ.

New American Standard 1977
For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.

King James 2000 Bible
For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.

American King James Version
For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.

American Standard Version
For they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For all seek the things that are their own; not the things that are Jesus Christ's.

Darby Bible Translation
For all seek their own things, not the things of Jesus Christ.

English Revised Version
For they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ.

Webster's Bible Translation
For all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
Everybody concerns himself about his own interests, not about those of Jesus Christ.

World English Bible
For they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ.

Young's Literal Translation
for the whole seek their own things, not the things of the Christ Jesus,
Study Bible
Timothy and Epaphroditus
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. 22But you know Timothy’s proven worth, that as a child with his father he has served with me to advance the gospel.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 10:24
No one should seek his own good, but the good of others.

1 Corinthians 10:33
just as I try to please everyone in all I do. For I am not seeking my own good, but the good of many, that they may be saved.

1 Corinthians 13:5
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no account of wrongs.

Philippians 2:4
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

2 Timothy 3:2
For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
Treasury of Scripture

For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.

all.

Philippians 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things …

Isaiah 56:11 Yes, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are …

Malachi 1:10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nothing? …

Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus to his disciples, If any man will come after me, …

Luke 9:57-62 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man …

Luke 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, …

Acts 13:13 Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga …

Acts 15:38 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from …

1 Corinthians 10:24,33 Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth…

1 Corinthians 13:5 Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily …

2 Timothy 1:15 This you know, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from …

2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, …

2 Timothy 4:10,16 For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is …

the.

Philippians 1:20,21 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing …

2 Corinthians 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation …

2 Corinthians 5:14,15 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that …

(21) For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.--Compare our Lord's words, "Ye shall be scattered every man to his own (things), and shall leave Me alone" (John 16:32). St. Paul's declaration is startling; for he had certainly some "brethren with him" (Philippians 4:21). But the scanty notice of them in the close of this Epistle contrasts strongly with the detailed and affectionate mention of his companions by name in Colossians 4:7-14; Philemon 1:23-24. It would seem as if at this time he was either separated accidentally from his most trusty disciples, or that there had been a temporary falling away from him, in some degree like that which he describes with so much sadness in 2Timothy 4:9-10; 2Timothy 4:16. His words need not be taken as accusing all of absolute selfishness and unfaithfulness, but they are nevertheless startling enough.

Verse 21. - For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's. All of them, he says (οἱ πάντες); Timothy is the one exception. He calls those about him brethren in Philippians 4:21; but, it seems, they were like St. Paul, not willing to spend and to be spent for the salvation of souls. It was a great sacrifice in one who so yearned for Christian sympathy to submit to the absence of the one true loving friend. St. Paul's spiritual isolation increases our wonder and admiration for the strain of holy joy which runs through this Epistle. For all seek their own,.... Meaning not every individual, but the greatest part; and not merely such as were manifestly false teachers, but such as were with the apostle, as ministers of the word; and we may suppose him to be stripped, by one means or another, of the more valuable preachers of the Gospel, and to be in much such a case as he describes himself to be, in 2 Timothy 4:10. He had none with him, excepting a very few, but such as he speaks of in the preceding chapter, that preached Christ of envy, strife, and contention; and these chiefly sought their own worldly interest and advantage; they sought great things for themselves, and looked every man for his gain from his quarter, Demas like, loving this present world, 2 Timothy 4:10; they sought for dominion and authority over men, and their faith, to lord it over God's heritage, as Diotrephes, who loved to have the preeminence, 3 John 1:9; they sought for popular applause, for honour and glory of men, as the Pharisees of old did; and particularly their own ease and health, and did not choose to undertake such a fatiguing journey as from Rome to Philippi:

not the things which are Jesus Christ; they had no true regard to the Gospel of Christ, to the continuance, establishment, and spread of it in the world, or in any particular place; nor any hearty affection for the ordinances of Christ, and the retaining and preserving of them in their purity and simplicity; nor for the churches of Christ, and their spiritual good and welfare, as the Jews formerly, they cared not if the house of God lay waste, provided they dwelt in their ceiled houses; nor had they any concern for the honour and glory of Christ. But Timothy was a man of a quite different spirit and complexion; and which is another reason of the apostle's sending him to this place and people. 21. Translate as Greek, "They all" (namely, who are now with me, Php 1:14, 17; Php 4:21: such Demas, then with him, proved to be, Col 4:14; compare 2Ti 4:10; Phm 24).

seek their own—opposed to Paul's precept (Php 2:4; 1Co 10:24, 33; 13:5). This is spoken, by comparison with Timothy; for Php 1:16, 17 implies that some of those with Paul at Rome were genuine Christians, though not so self-sacrificing as Timothy. Few come to the help of the Lord's cause, where ease, fame, and gain have to be sacrificed. Most help only when Christ's gain is compatible with their own (Jud 5:17, 23).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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