New International Version
I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;
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:
Darby Bible Translation
But I am pressed by both, having the desire for departure and being with Christ, [for] [it is] very much better,
World English Bible
But I am in a dilemma between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
Young's Literal Translation
for I am pressed by the two, having the desire to depart, and to be with Christ, for it is far better,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For I am in a strait betwixt two - Viz. the dying now, and being immediately with God; or living longer to preach and spread the Gospel, and thus glorify Christ among men.
Having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ - Την επιθυμιαν εχων εις το αναλυσαι. It appears to be a metaphor taken from the commander of a vessel, in a foreign port, who feels a strong desire αναλυσαι, to set sail, and get to his own country and family; but this desire is counterbalanced by a conviction that the general interests of the voyage may be best answered by his longer stay in the port where his vessel now rides; for he is not in dock, he is not aground, but rides at anchor in the port, and may any hour weigh and be gone. Such was the condition of the apostle: he was not at home, but although he was abroad it was on his employer's business; he wishes to return, and is cleared out and ready to set sail, but he has not received his last orders from his owner, and whatever desire he may feel to be at home he will faithfully wait till his final orders arrive.
Which is far better - Πολλῳ - μαλλον κρεισσον· Multo magis melior, Vulgate; much more better. The reader will at once see that the words are very emphatic.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryFebruary 23. "For Me to Live is Christ and to Die is Gain" (Phil. I. 21).
"For me to live is Christ and to die is gain" (Phil. i. 21). The secret of a sound body is a sound heart, and the prayer of the Holy Ghost for us is, that we "may be in health and prosper even as our soul prospers." We find Paul in the Epistles to the Philippians expressing a sublime and holy indifference to the question of life or death. Indeed he is in a real strait, whether he would prefer "to depart and be with Christ," or to remain still in the flesh. The former would indeed be his sweetest …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
7Th Day. Sanctifying Grace.
Love and Discernment.
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
2 Corinthians 5:8
We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.
2 Timothy 4:6
For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near.
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