Philippians 4:1
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New International Version
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!

New Living Translation
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stay true to the Lord. I love you and long to see you, dear friends, for you are my joy and the crown I receive for my work.

English Standard Version
Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.

King James Bible
Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So then, my brothers, you are dearly loved and longed for--my joy and crown. In this manner stand firm in the Lord, dear friends.

International Standard Version
Therefore, my dear brothers whom I long for, my joy and my victor's crown, this is how you must stand firm in the Lord, dear friends.

NET Bible
So then, my brothers and sisters, dear friends whom I long to see, my joy and crown, stand in the Lord in this way, my dear friends!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore, my beloved and precious brethren, my joy and my crown, so stand in Our Lord, my beloved.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So, brothers and sisters, I love you and miss you. You are my joy and my crown. Therefore, dear friends, keep your relationship with the Lord firm!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore, my brethren, dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

American King James Version
Therefore, my brothers dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

American Standard Version
Wherefore, my brethren beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my beloved.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore, my dearly beloved brethren, and most desired, my joy and my crown; so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

Darby Bible Translation
So that, my brethren, beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, thus stand fast in [the] Lord, beloved.

English Revised Version
Wherefore, my brethren beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my beloved.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

Weymouth New Testament
Therefore, my brethren, dearly loved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand firm in the Lord, my dearly-loved ones.

World English Bible
Therefore, my brothers, beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.

Young's Literal Translation
So then, my brethren, beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand ye in the Lord, beloved.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:1 The believing hope and prospect of eternal life, should make us steady and constant in our Christian course. There is difference of gifts and graces, yet, being renewed by the same Spirit, we are brethren. To stand fast in the Lord, is to stand fast in his strength, and by his grace.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown. The apostle here, as in 1 Corinthians 15:58, urges the hope of a glorious resurrection as an incentive to steadfastness in the Christian life. He seems scarcely able to find words adequate to express his love for the Philippians; he heaps together epithets of affection, dwelling tenderly on the word "beloved." He tells them of his longing desire to see them, repeating the word used in Philippians 1:8. He calls them his "joy and crown" - his joy now, his crown hereafter. He uses the same words of the other great Macedonian Church in 1 Thessalonians 2:19, "What is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye?" The Greek word for "crown" (στέφανος) means commonly either the wreath ("the corruptible crown," 1 Corinthians 9:25) which was the prize of victors at the Grecian games; or a garland worn at banquets and festivities. The royal crown is generally διάδημα. But στέφανος is used in the Septuagint for a king's crown (see (in the Greek) 2 Samuel 12:30; Psalm 20:4 (A.V., Psalms 21:3); Esther 8:15). The crown of thorns, too, which was used in mockery of the Savior's kingly title, was στέφανος ἐξ ἀκανθῶν, though this may possibly have been suggested by the laurel wreath worn by the Roman Caesars (see Trench, 'Synonyms of the New Testament,' sect. 23.). "The crown of life," "the crown of glory that fadeth not away," is the emblem both of victory and of gladness. Yet it is also in some sense kingly: the saints shall sit with Christ in his throne; they shall reign with him; they are kings ("a kingdom," R.V., with the best manuscripts) and priests unto God (Revelation 1:6). In this place victory seems to be the thought present to the apostle's mind. In Philippians 2:16 and Philippians 2:12-14 he has been comparing the Christian life with the course of the Grecian athletes. Now he represents his converts as constituting his crown or wreath of victory at the last; their salvation is the crowning reward of his labors and sufferings. So stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. So; that is, as ye have us for an example; or perhaps, as becomes citizens of the heavenly commonwealth. The same word (στήκετε) is used in Philippians 1:27, also in connection with the idea of citizenship.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Therefore, my brethren,.... Not in a natural but spiritual relation; having the same Father, being of the same family, and household of faith: seeing that on the one hand there were false teachers, who stand described by various characters in the preceding chapter, by whom they were in danger of being carried away from the simplicity of the Gospel; and on the other hand, such were the conduct and conversation of the apostle, and other true believers, and such were their expectations of Christ from heaven, and of happiness from him as there expressed; therefore he exhorts to steadfastness in him, and that under the most tender, affectionate, and endearing appellations; given in the uprightness of his soul, without any manner of flattery, to signify his strong affection for them, and to engage them to attend the more to what he was about to exhort them to; and which arose from pure love to them, an hearty concern for their good, and the honour of Christ Jesus:

dearly beloved: as belonging to Christ, interested in him, members of him, redeemed by him, and bearing his image; and as his brethren, and so not loved with a carnal, but spiritual love:

and longed for; to see them, converse with them, and impart some spiritual gift to them; being the excellent in the earth, as other saints, towards whom was his desire, and with whom was all his delight. These epithets are joined with the word "brethren", in the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions, and read thus, "my dearly beloved, and longed for brethren"; and in the Ethiopic version, "our beloved brethren": to which are added,

my joy and crown; they were matter of joy to him, as he had reason to hope well of them; yea, to be confident that the good work was begun, and would be carried on in them; and that they had hitherto continued in the doctrine of the Gospel, and walked worthy of it; and they were his "crown", as they were seals of his ministry; and whom he valued more, and reckoned a greater honour and ornament to him, than the richest diadem, set with the most costly jewels and precious stones, and which he hoped and believed would be his crown of rejoicing another day; when he, with them, should stand at the hand of Christ triumphing, as victors crowned, ever sin, Satan, the world, death, and hell:

so stand fast in the Lord; or "by the Lord"; by his power and strength, which is only able to make to stand fast; saints are liable to failing, and would fall, were they not upheld with his right hand, and kept by his power; they only stand fast, as they stand supported by his strength, trusting in his might, and leaning on his arm. Christ is the only foundation where they can stand safe and sure; and such as are rooted and grounded, and built up in him, are established and stand; though they are still in need of being exhorted to hold the head, abide by him, and cleave unto him; to stand fast in his grace, exercising the graces of faith, hope, and love upon him; in the liberty of Christ, in opposition to the bondage of the law, false teachers were for bringing them into; and in the doctrine of faith, and not depart from it in any degree, nor give way in the least to the opposers of it, but continue steadfast in it without wavering, and which is chiefly intended here: so the Arabic version renders it, "so stand in the faith of the Lord"; both in the grace faith, and in the doctrine of it, and in the profession of both: see 1 Corinthians 16:13. The apostle bids them so stand fast; that is, either as they had hitherto done, or as they had him and others for an example; whose views, conversation, and behaviour, are described in the foregoing chapter:

my dearly beloved; this, which otherwise would be a repetition of what is before said, is by some connected with the former clause, and read thus, "so stand fast my dearly beloved in the Lord"; and contains a reason, both why they were dearly beloved by the apostle, because beloved in and by the Lord; and why it became them to stand fast in him, and abide by him, his truths, ordinances, cause, and interest.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

CHAPTER 4

Php 4:1-23. Exhortations: Thanks for the Supply from Philippi: Greeting; and Closing Benediction.

1. "Wherefore"; since we have such a glorious hope (Php 3:20, 21).

dearly beloved—repeated again at the close of the verse, implying that his great love to them should be a motive to their obedience.

longed for—"yearned after" in your absence (Php 1:8).

crown—in the day of the Lord (Php 2:16; 1Th 2:19).

so—as I have admonished you.

stand fast—(Php 1:27).

Philippians 4:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
Stand Firm in the Lord
1Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved. 2I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

Philippians 1:8
God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:27
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel

1 Thessalonians 2:19
For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore, my brothers dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

Therefore.

Philippians 3:20,21 For our conversation is in heaven; from where also we look for the …

2 Peter 3:11-14 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner …

and. See on ch.

Philippians 1:8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels …

Philippians 2:26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that …

my joy.

Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of …

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

1 Thessalonians 2:19,20 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even …

1 Thessalonians 3:9 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy …

so.

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

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your …

Psalm 125:1 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot …

Matthew 10:22 And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that …

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue …

John 15:3,4 Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken to you…

Acts 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, …

Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted …

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue …

Romans 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and …

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always …

1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch you, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us …

Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might…

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always …

1 Thessalonians 3:8,13 For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord…

2 Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brothers, stand fast, and hold the traditions which you …

2 Timothy 2:1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of …

Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into …

Hebrews 10:23,35,36 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for …

2 Peter 3:17 You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware …

Jude 1:20,21,24,25 But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, …

Revelation 3:10,11 Because you have kept the word of my patience, I also will keep you …

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