Philippians 2:3
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New International Version
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,

New Living Translation
Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.

English Standard Version
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

New American Standard Bible
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;

King James Bible
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves.

International Standard Version
Do not act out of selfish ambition or conceit, but with humility think of others as being better than yourselves.

NET Bible
Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you should not do anything with contention or empty glory, but in humility of mind, let every person esteem his neighbor as better than himself.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't act out of selfish ambition or be conceited. Instead, humbly think of others as being better than yourselves.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in humility let each esteem others better than themselves,

King James 2000 Bible
Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves.

American King James Version
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

American Standard Version
doing nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each counting other better than himself;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let nothing be done through contention, neither by vain glory: but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves:

Darby Bible Translation
[let] nothing [be] in the spirit of strife or vain glory, but, in lowliness of mind, each esteeming the other as more excellent than themselves;

English Revised Version
doing nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each counting other better than himself;

Webster's Bible Translation
Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Weymouth New Testament
Do nothing in a spirit of factiousness or of vainglory, but, with true humility, let every one regard the rest as being of more account than himself;

World English Bible
doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself;

Young's Literal Translation
nothing in rivalry or vain-glory, but in humility of mind one another counting more excellent than yourselves --
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:1-4 Here are further exhortations to Christian duties; to like-mindedness and lowly-mindedness, according to the example of the Lord Jesus. Kindness is the law of Christ's kingdom, the lesson of his school, the livery of his family. Several motives to brotherly love are mentioned. If you expect or experience the benefit of God's compassions to yourselves, be compassionate one to another. It is the joy of ministers to see people like-minded. Christ came to humble us, let there not be among us a spirit of pride. We must be severe upon our own faults, and quick in observing our own defects, but ready to make favourable allowances for others. We must kindly care for others, but not be busy-bodies in other men's matters. Neither inward nor outward peace can be enjoyed, without lowliness of mind.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Let nothing be done through strife or vain-glory. Not "strife," but "faction," as R.V. The word is the same as that rendered "contention" in Philippians 1:10, where see note. Party spirit is one of the greatest dangers in running the Christian race. Love is the characteristic Christian grace; party spirit and vain-glory too often lead professing Christians to break the law of love. But in lowiness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. In your lowliness; the article seems to have a possessive sense, the lowliness characteristic of Christians, which you as Christians possess. Ταπεινοφροσύνη an exclusively New Testament word: the grace was new, and the word was new. The adjective ταπεινός in classical Greek is used as a term of reproach - abject, mean. The life of Christ ("I am meek and lowly in heart") and the teaching of Christ ("Blessed are the poor in spirit") have raised lowliness to a new position, as one of the chief features in the true Christian character. Here St. Paul bids us, as a discipline of humility, to look at our own faults and at the good points in the character of others (comp. Romans 12:10).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let nothing be done through strife,.... About words merely; otherwise they were to strive for the faith of the Gospel, the purity of Gospel ordinances, worship and discipline; but the apostle would not have them strive merely to carry a point determined on, without having any regard to reason and truth, or yielding to the infirmities of the weak; which is the case and conduct of contentious persons; than which nothing can be more contrary to the Spirit of the Gospel, or the peace of churches: the apostle adds,

or vain glory; for where this is predominant, persons will always be singular in their sentiments, and never relinquish them, let what reason soever be given against them; nor will they give way to the judgment of others, but right or wrong will have their own wills; Diotrephes like, loving to have the preeminence in all things, 3 John 1:9; and such persons and conduct are very injurious to the comfort and harmony of the saints:

but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem other better than themselves; not as to the things of the world, in respect of which one man may be a better man than another, and he must know and think himself so; nor with respect to the endowments of the mind, and acquired abilities, which one man may have above another; and the difference being so great in some, it must be easily discerned, that one is more learned and knowing, in this or the other language, art, or science; but with regard to, grace, and to spiritual light, knowledge, and judgment: and where there is lowliness of mind, or true humility, a person will esteem himself in a state of grace, as the great apostle did, the chief of sinners, and less than the least of all saints; one in whom this grace reigns will pay a deference to the judgment of other saints, and will prefer their experience, light, and knowledge, to his own; and will readily give way, when he sees such that are of longer standing, of greater experience, and more solid judgment, as he has reason to think, than himself, are on the other side of the question; and so peace, love, and unity, are preserved. This grace of humility is an excellent ornament to a Christian, and wonderfully useful in Christian societies.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. Let nothing be done—The italicized words are not in the Greek. Perhaps the ellipsis had better be supplied from the Greek (Php 2:2), "Thinking nothing in the way of strife" (or rather, "factious intrigue," "self-seeking," see on [2382]Php 1:16). It is the thought which characterizes the action as good or bad before God.

lowliness of mind—The direct relation of this grace is to God alone; it is the sense of dependence of the creature on the Creator as such, and it places all created beings in this respect on a level. The man "lowly of mind" as to his spiritual life is independent of men, and free from all slavish feeling, while sensible of his continual dependence on God. Still it INDIRECTLY affects his behavior toward his fellow men; for, conscious of his entire dependence on God for all his abilities, even as they are dependent on God for theirs, he will not pride himself on his abilities, or exalt self in his conduct toward others (Eph 4:2; Col 3:12) [Neander].

let each esteem—Translate as Greek, "esteeming each other superior to yourselves." Instead of fixing your eyes on those points in which you excel, fix them on those in which your neighbor excels you: this is true "humility."

Philippians 2:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Being One in Christ
2make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
Cross References
Romans 2:8
But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.

Romans 12:10
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Galatians 5:26
Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Ephesians 5:21
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Philippians 1:17
The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.

Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

1 Peter 3:8
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
Treasury of Scripture

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

nothing.

Philippians 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

Philippians 1:15,16 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will…

Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride comes contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, …

1 Corinthians 3:3 For you are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and …

2 Corinthians 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, …

Galatians 5:15,20,21,26 But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you be not …

Colossians 3:8 But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, …

1 Timothy 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes …

James 3:14-16 But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, …

James 4:5,6 Do you think that the scripture said in vain, The spirit that dwells …

1 Peter 2:1,2 Why laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and …

but.

Luke 14:7-11 And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked …

Luke 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than …

Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor …

1 Corinthians 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called …

Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing …

Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of …

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