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

King James Bible
For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

American Standard Version
But I am in a strait betwixt the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ; for it is very far better:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I am straitened between two: having a desire to be dissolved and to be with Christ, a thing by far the better.

English Revised Version
But I am in a strait betwixt the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ; for it is very far better:

Webster's Bible Translation
For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

Weymouth New Testament
I am in a dilemma, my earnest desire being to depart and be with Christ, for that is far, far better.

Philippians 1:23 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

I am in a strait betwixt two (συνέχομαι ἐκ τῶν δύο)

See on 2 Corinthians 5:14. The picture is that of a man pressed on both sides. Lit. I am held together, so that I cannot incline either way. Betwixt two, lit., from the two. The pressure comes from both sides. Note the article, the two, the two considerations just mentioned, departing or abiding in the flesh.

Having a desire

Lit., the desire: my desire, as expressed in Philippians 1:21, for death with its gain.

To depart (ἀναλῦσαι)

The verb means originally to unloose, undo again. So of Penelope's web: "During the night she undid it" (Homer, "Odyssey," ii., 105). Of loosing a ship from her moorings: of breaking up a camp. So 2 Macc. 9:1. Antiochus, having entered Persepolis, and having attempted to rob the temple and to hold the city, was put to flight by the inhabitants, and broke up (ἀναλελυκὼς) and came away with dishonor. We have the same figure in popular usage of one who changes his residence: "He broke up at Chicago and removed to New York." Paul's metaphor here is the military one, to break camp. Compare 2 Corinthians 5:1, where the metaphor is the striking of a tent. Some prefer the nautical image, casting off from shore; but Paul's circumstances naturally suggested military figures; and, what is somewhat strange in the case of one so familiar with the sea, nautical metaphors are rare in his writings. There is one at 1 Timothy 1:19, of those "who concerning the faith have made shipwreck;" at Ephesians 4:14, "tossed as by waves, and borne about by every wind." Κυβερνήσεις governments, 1 Corinthians 12:28 (see note), is from κυβερνάω to steer.

To be with Christ

Compare 2 Corinthians 5:6, 2 Corinthians 5:8; Acts 7:59; 1 Thessalonians 4:14, 1 Thessalonians 4:17.

Which is far better (πολλῷ μᾶλλον κρεῖσσον)

Lit., much more better. For similar cumulative expressions, see on 2 Corinthians 4:17. The best texts insert γὰρ for. So Rev., for it is very far better.

Philippians 1:23 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

in.

2 Samuel 24:14 And David said to Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are great...

1 Thessalonians 2:1,13 For yourselves, brothers, know our entrance in to you, that it was not in vain...

Luke 12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!

2 Corinthians 6:12 You are not straitened in us, but you are straitened in your own bowels.

a desire.

Luke 2:29,30 Lord, now let you your servant depart in peace, according to your word...

John 13:1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world to the Father...

2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

2 Timothy 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

with.

Job 19:26,27 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God...

Psalm 49:15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.

Luke 8:38 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed sought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying,

Luke 23:43 And Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you, To day shall you be with me in paradise.

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom you have given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which you have given me...

Acts 7:59 And they stoned Stephen, calling on God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air...

Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from now on: Yes, said the Spirit...

far.

Psalm 16:10,11 For you will not leave my soul in hell; neither will you suffer your Holy One to see corruption...

Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will behold your face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with your likeness.

Psalm 73:24-26 You shall guide me with your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory...

Revelation 7:14-17 And I said to him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes...

Cross References
John 12:26
If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

2 Corinthians 5:8
Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

Philippians 1:24
But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.

2 Timothy 4:6
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.

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