Philippians 2:22
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New International Version
But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.

New Living Translation
But you know how Timothy has proved himself. Like a son with his father, he has served with me in preaching the Good News.

English Standard Version
But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel.

Berean Study Bible
But you know Timothy's proven worth, that as a child with his father he has served with me to advance the gospel.

Berean Literal Bible
But you know his proven worth, that as a child with a father he has served with me in the gospel.

New American Standard Bible
But you know of his proven worth, that he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel like a child serving his father.

King James Bible
But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But you know his proven character, because he has served with me in the gospel ministry like a son with a father.

International Standard Version
But you know his proven worth—how like a son with his father he served with me in the gospel.

NET Bible
But you know his qualifications, that like a son working with his father, he served with me in advancing the gospel.

New Heart English Bible
But you know the proof of him, that, as a child serves a father, so he served with me in furtherance of the Good News.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But you know the proof of this man, that as a son with his father, so he has worked with me in The Gospel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But you know what kind of person Timothy proved to be. Like a father and son we worked hard together to spread the Good News.

New American Standard 1977
But you know of his proven worth that he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel like a child serving his father.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But ye know the proof of him, that as a son with the father, he has served with me in the gospel.

King James 2000 Bible
But you know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he has served with me in the gospel.

American King James Version
But you know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he has served with me in the gospel.

American Standard Version
But ye know the proof of him, that, as a child'serveth a father,'so he served with me in furtherance of the gospel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now know ye the proof of him, that as a son with the father, so hath he served with me in the gospel.

Darby Bible Translation
But ye know the proof of him, that, as a child a father, he has served with me in the work of the glad tidings.

English Revised Version
But ye know the proof of him, that, as a child serveth a father, so he served with me in furtherance of the gospel.

Webster's Bible Translation
But ye know the proof of him, that as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.

Weymouth New Testament
But you know Timothy's approved worth--how, like a child working with his father, he has served with me in furtherance of the Good News.

World English Bible
But you know the proof of him, that, as a child serves a father, so he served with me in furtherance of the Good News.

Young's Literal Translation
and the proof of him ye know, that as a child serveth a father, with me he did serve in regard to the good news;
Study Bible
Timothy and Epaphroditus
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. 23So I hope to send him as soon as I see what happens with me.…
Cross References
Acts 16:2
The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him.

Acts 16:3
Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, so he took him and circumcised him on account of the Jews in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.

Romans 5:4
perseverance, character; and character, hope.

1 Corinthians 4:17
That is why I have sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which is exactly what I teach everywhere in every church.

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.

2 Corinthians 2:9
My purpose in writing you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.

Philippians 1:5
because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.

Philippians 1:7
It 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.

Philippians 1:12
Now I want you to know, brothers, that my circumstances have actually served to advance the gospel.

Philippians 1:16
The latter do so in love, knowing that I am appointed for defense of the gospel.
Treasury of Scripture

But you know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he has served with me in the gospel.

ye.

Acts 16:3-12 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised …

2 Corinthians 2:9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of …

2 Corinthians 8:8,22,24 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of …

as. See on ver.

Philippians 2:20 For I have no man like minded, who will naturally care for your state.

1 Corinthians 4:17 For this cause have I sent to you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, …

1 Timothy 1:2,18 To Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from …

2 Timothy 1:2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from …

Titus 1:4 To Titus, my own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, …

(22) The proof of him.--The allusion is justified by their intimate personal knowledge. Timothy was at Philippi with St. Paul on his first visit (Acts 16:12-40); we find him sent to Thessalonica shortly after (1Thessalonians 3:2), and he probably then paid a second visit to Philippi; from Ephesus (Acts 19:22) he is sent again to Macedonia; and with St. Paul on the way to Jerusalem he was at Philippi once more (Acts 20:4-6).

As a son with the father.--The original construction is curiously broken here. It runs, As a son to a father--as though St. Paul was going to speak of Timothy's dutiful ministration and following of his example; but then the sentence changes, in a characteristic humility, and makes Timothy and himself merely fellow-servants--he served with me in the gospel. If we may judge of Timothy's character from the general character of St. Paul's directions to him in the Pastoral Epistles, and especially the significant exhortation, "Let no man despise thy youth, (1Timothy 4:12), it would seem to have been gentle and warm-hearted rather than commanding. Hence, perhaps, the necessity for this singularly emphatic commendation of him. (Comp. 1Corinthians 16:10, "If Timotheus come, see that he be with you without fear.")

Verse 22. - But ye know the proof of him. Ye recognize from your former experience (Acts 16.) his approved character. That, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel; translate, with R.V., that, as a child serveth a father, so he served with me in furtherance of the gospel. Served ἐδούλευσεν); as a slave. He was both a son and servant to St. Paul, and also a fellow-worker with St. Paul, both being slaves of God. But ye know the proof of him,.... They had had an experiment of him, a trial of his spirit, and a proof of his gifts and ministry, when he was among them with the apostle at his first preaching the Gospel to them, to the conversion of Lydia, and of the jailer, and their households, which laid the foundation of a Gospel church state among them, see Acts 16:3. The Vulgate Latin version reads in the imperative, "know ye the proof of him"; but the former reading is to be preferred:

that as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the Gospel; he served not the apostle, but with him; he served God as the apostle did, in the Gospel of his Son; he served Jesus Christ, whose Gospel he preached, the interest and spread of which he greatly laboured in with him, as a fellow servant or work fellow; see Romans 16:21; which expresses the modesty of the apostle, and the great honour put upon Timothy, and which was not abused by him; for as a son honours, obeys, and imitates his father, so did he honour the apostle, and give him all respect and reverence that was due to him on account of his office, age, and usefulness; and obeyed his orders cheerfully, going wherever he sent him, and doing whatever he bid him; and imitated him in his ministry, in his constancy, diligence, and zeal, having a true filial affection for him. 22. Rare praise (Ne 7:2).

as a son with the father—Translate, "as a child (serveth) a father."

served with me—When we might expect the sentence to run thus. "As a child serveth a father, so he served me"; he changes it to "served with me" in modesty; as Christians are not servants TO one another," but servants of God WITH one another (compare Php 3:17).

in the gospel—Greek, "unto," or "for the Gospel."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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