Philippians 1:22
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English Standard Version
If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.

King James Bible
But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.

American Standard Version
But if to live in the flesh, -- if this shall bring fruit from my work, then what I shall choose I know not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if to live in the flesh, that is to me the fruit of labour, and what I shall choose I know not.

English Revised Version
But if to live in the flesh,--if this is the fruit of my work, then what I shall choose I wot not.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor: yet what I shall choose I know not.

Weymouth New Testament
But since to live means a longer stay on earth, that implies more labour for me--and not unsuccessful labour; and which I am to choose I cannot tell.

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Vincent's Word Studies

If I live (εἰ τὸ ζῆν)

Rev., better, if to live: the living, as Philippians 1:21.

This is the fruit of my labor

According to the A.V. these words form the offset of the conditional clause, and conclude the sentence: if I live - this is the fruit. It is better to make the two clauses parallel, thus: if living after the flesh, (if) this is fruit of labor. The conditional suspended clause will then be closed by what I shall choose I do not declare. Fruit of labor, advantage accruing from apostolic work. Compare Romans 1:13.

Yet what I shall choose I wot not (καὶ τί αἱρήσομαι οὐ γνωρίζω).

Καὶ rendered yet has the force of then. If living in the flesh be, etc., then what I shall choose, etc. Wot is obsolete for know. In classical Greek γνωρίζω means: 1, to make known point out; 2, to become acquainted with or discover; 3, to have acquaintance with. In the Septuagint the predominant meaning seems to be to make known. See Proverbs 22:19; Ezekiel 44:23; Daniel 2:6, Daniel 2:10; Daniel 5:7. The sense here is to declare or make known, as everywhere in the New Testament. Compare Luke 2:15; John 17:26; Acts 2:28; Colossians 4:7; 2 Peter 1:16, etc. If I am assured that my continuing to live is most fruitful for the Church, then I say nothing as to my personal preference. I do not declare my choice. It is not for me to express a choice.

Philippians 1:22 Parallel Commentaries

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Philippians 1:24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me...

Colossians 2:1 For I would that you knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea...

1 Peter 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.


Psalm 71:18 Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, forsake me not; until I have showed your strength to this generation...

Isaiah 38:18,19 For the grave cannot praise you, death can not celebrate you: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for your truth...

I wot.

Genesis 21:26 And Abimelech said, I know not who has done this thing; neither did you tell me, neither yet heard I of it, but to day.

Genesis 39:8 But he refused, and said to his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house...

Exodus 32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron...

Acts 3:17 And now, brothers, I know that through ignorance you did it, as did also your rulers.

Romans 11:2 God has not cast away his people which he foreknew. Know you not what the scripture said of Elias?...

Cross References
Romans 1:13
I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles.

Philippians 1:23
I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.

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