Philippians 3:20
Parallel Verses
English Standard Version
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

King James Bible
For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

American Standard Version
For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ,

English Revised Version
For our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Webster's Bible Translation
For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Weymouth New Testament
We, however, are free citizens of Heaven, and we are waiting with longing expectation for the coming from Heaven of a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ,

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Vincent's Word Studies

Conversation (παλίτευμα)

Only here in the New Testament. Rev., citizenship, commonwealth in margin. The rendering conversation, in the sense of manner of life (see on 1 Peter 1:15), has no sufficient warrant; and that πολίτευμα commonwealth, is used interchangeably with πολιτεία citizenship, is not beyond question. Commonwealth gives a good and consistent sense. The state of which we are citizens is in heaven. See on Philippians 1:27. Compare Plato: "That city of which we are the founders, and which exists in idea only; for I do not believe that there is such an one anywhere on earth. In Heaven, I replied, there is laid up the pattern of it methinks, which he who desires may behold, and beholding may settle himself there" ("Republic," 592).

Is in heaven (ὑπάρχει)

The use of this word instead of ἐστι is is peculiar. See on being, Philippians 2:6. It has a backward look. It exists now in heaven, having been established there of old. Compare Hebrews 11:16; John 14:2.

We look for (ἀπεκδεχόμεθα)

Rev., wait for. See on 1 Corinthians 1:7. Used only by Paul, and in Hebrews 9:28. Compare Romans 8:19, Romans 8:23, Romans 8:25; Galatians 5:5. It indicates earnest, patient waiting and expectation. As in ἀποκαραδοκια earnest expectation, Philippians 1:20, the compounded preposition ἀπό denotes the withdrawal of attention from inferior objects. The word is habitually used in the New Testament with reference to a future manifestation of the glory of Christ or of His people.

The Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (σωτῆρα)

Savior has no article, and its emphatic position in the sentence indicates that it is to be taken predicatively with Jesus Christ, and not as the direct object of the verb. Hence render: we await as Savior the Lord, etc. Compare Hebrews 9:28, "To them that wait for Him will He appear a second time unto salvation."

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Philippians 1:18-21 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice...

Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life: in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures for ever more.

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...

Proverbs 15:24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

Matthew 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal...

Matthew 19:21 Jesus said to him, If you will be perfect, go and sell that you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven...

Luke 12:21,32-34 So is he that lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God...

Luke 14:14 And you shall be blessed; for they cannot recompense you: for you shall be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

2 Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal...

2 Corinthians 5:1,8 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands...

Ephesians 2:6,19 And has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus...

Colossians 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

Colossians 3:1-3 If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God...

Hebrews 10:34,35 For you had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods...

1 Peter 1:3,4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ...

conversation. Gr.

Isaiah 26:1,2 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks...

Galatians 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

Hebrews 12:22 But you are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

Revelation 21:10-27 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem...


Acts 1:11 Which also said, You men of Galilee, why stand you gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven...

1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God...

2 Thessalonians 1:7,8 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels...

Revelation 1:7 Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him...

we look.

Philippians 1:10 That you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:7 So that you come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

2 Timothy 4:8 From now on there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day...

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;

Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many...

2 Peter 3:12-14 Looking for and hastening to the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved...

Cross References
1 Corinthians 1:7
so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ,

1 Corinthians 15:48
As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.

Ephesians 2:19
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

Philippians 1:27
Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,

Colossians 3:1
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Colossians 3:2
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Hebrews 12:22
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,

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