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:
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,
Philippians 3:20 Parallel
CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
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."
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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.
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
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,
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
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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