Philippians 1:9
New International Version
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,

New Living Translation
I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.

English Standard Version
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,

Berean Study Bible
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,

Berean Literal Bible
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment,

King James Bible
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

New King James Version
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,

New American Standard Bible
And this I pray, that your love may overflow still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,

NASB 1995
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,

NASB 1977
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment,

Amplified Bible
And this I pray, that your love may abound more and more [displaying itself in greater depth] in real knowledge and in practical insight,

Christian Standard Bible
And I pray this: that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And I pray this: that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment,

American Standard Version
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I pray this, that your love may again increase and abound in knowledge and in all spiritual understanding,

Contemporary English Version
I pray that your love will keep on growing and you will fully know and understand

Douay-Rheims Bible
And this I pray, that your charity may more and more abound in knowledge, and in all understanding:

English Revised Version
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment;

Good News Translation
I pray that your love will keep on growing more and more, together with true knowledge and perfect judgment,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I pray that your love will keep on growing because of your knowledge and insight.

International Standard Version
And this is my prayer, that your love will keep on growing more and more with full knowledge and insight,

Literal Standard Version
and this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in full knowledge, and all discernment,

NET Bible
And I pray this, that your love may abound even more and more in knowledge and every kind of insight

New Heart English Bible
This I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment;

Weymouth New Testament
And it is my prayer that your love may be more and more accompanied by clear knowledge and keen perception, for testing things that differ,

World English Bible
This I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment;

Young's Literal Translation
and this I pray, that your love yet more and more may abound in full knowledge, and all judgment,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Thanksgiving and Prayer
8God is my witness how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10so that you may be able to test and prove what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,…

Cross References
Psalm 119:66
Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in Your commandments.

Colossians 1:9
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

1 Thessalonians 3:12
And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone else, just as our love for you overflows,

1 Thessalonians 4:1
Finally, brothers, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus to live in a way that is pleasing to God, just as you have received from us. This is how you already live, so you should do so all the more.

Philemon 1:6
I pray that your partnership in the faith may become effective as you fully acknowledge every good thing that is ours in Christ.


Treasury of Scripture

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

this.

Philippians 1:4
Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

your.

Philippians 3:15,16
Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you…

Job 17:9
The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

Proverbs 4:18
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

in knowledge.

1 Corinthians 14:20
Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

Ephesians 5:17
Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Colossians 1:9
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

judgment.

Hebrews 5:14
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.









(9, 10) If we study carefully the opening thanksgivings and prayers of St. Paul's Epistles, we may note that he always thanks God for what is strong in the Church to which he writes, and prays God for the supply of that in which it is weak. Here he thanks God for the characteristic enthusiasm and large-heartedness of the Philippians; he prays for their advance in knowledge, perception, judgment--the more intellectual and thoughtful side of the Christian character--in which they, and perhaps the Macedonian Churches generally, were less conspicuous. In the opposite case of the Corinthian Church (see 1Corinthians 1:4-10), he thanks God for their richness in all utterance and all knowledge, but he bids them "wait" for Him who shall "establish them as blameless," and exhorts them to unity and humility.

(9-11) In this sentence, the original shows that there is not the three-fold parallelism which our version would suggest. St. Paul's immediate prayer is that "their love may abound in knowledge and all judgment." To this is subjoined, as an immediate consequence, "the proving the things that are excellent." The final result of the knowledge and judgment so applied, is "that they may be sincere and without offence."

(9) That your love may abound more and more in knowledge.--The original verb here signifies to "overflow," a sense which our word "abound" properly has, but has in general usage partially lost; and St. Paul's meaning clearly is that love shall not only primarily fill the heart, but "overflow" in secondary influence on the spiritual understanding. (1) The "knowledge" here spoken of is the knowledge gradually rising to perfection, so constantly alluded to in these Epistles. (See Ephesians 1:17, and Note there.) Since it is clearly a personal knowledge of God in Christ, it may be gained, under His inspiration, by one of many processes, by thought, by practice, by love, by devotion, or, perhaps more properly, by some or all of these combined. Here St. Paul singles out the way of love--the enthusiasm of love to God and man which he knew that the Philippians had--and prays that it may overflow from the emotional to the intellectual element of their nature, and become, as we constantly see that it does become in simple and loving characters, a means of spiritual insight, in "knowledge and all judgment," or rather, all perception. (2) The word "perception" properly applies to the senses, and seems here to signify the insight which recognises a truth as the eye recognises an object. In the same sense (Hebrews 5:14) Holy Scripture speaks of those who "by use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil." In fact, the "perception" here spoken of differs from knowledge in dealing not with general principles, but with concrete examples and questions. (3) Accordingly he connects with it, as a direct consequence, the power of "approving" or "testing" the things that are excellent. Now the word here translated "excellent" carries with it the idea of distinctive and relative excellence, conspicuous amidst what is either evil or defective. To "test" is obviously first to distinguish what is the best, and then by trial to prove its absolute goodness. Clearly the process may be applied either speculatively to truths or practically to duties. In Romans 2:18, where exactly the same phrase is used, the latter application is made.

Verse 9. - And this I pray. This is the purport of the prayer already mentioned in Ver. 4. The conjunction ἵνα marks the end of St. Paul's prayer, and so its purport. That your love may abound yet more and more. Your love; not love for the apostle only, but the grace of Christian charity. St. Paul finds no fault with the Philippians, but "ignis in apostolo nunquam dicit, Sufficit" (Bengel). He prays for their continued growth in love, but not unintelligent love. In knowledge and in all judgment. Ἐπίγνωσις is a stronger word than γνῶσις: it means full, complete knowledge. The Greek αἴσθησις (literally, sense) occurs only here in the New Testament, though αἰσθητήρια (organs of sense) is found in Hebrews 5:14. "Discernment," the rendering of R.V., is more correct than "judgment." It is, Bishop Wordsworth says, "that delicate tact and instinct, which almost intuitively perceives what is right, and almost unconsciously shrinks from what is wrong." It cannot exist without love. "Every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." With love there comes a spiritual sense, spiritual sight, spiritual hearing, a sense of the beauty of holiness, a fine perception of Christian propriety; ἡ ἀγάπη οὐκ ἀσχημονεῖ.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
And
Καὶ (Kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

this [is]
τοῦτο (touto)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3778: This; he, she, it.

my prayer:
προσεύχομαι (proseuchomai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 4336: To pray, pray for, offer prayer. From pros and euchomai; to pray to God, i.e. Supplicate, worship.

that
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

your
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

love
ἀγάπη (agapē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 26: From agapao; love, i.e. Affection or benevolence; specially a love-feast.

may abound
περισσεύῃ (perisseuē)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 4052: From perissos; to superabound, be in excess, be superfluous; also to cause to superabound or excel.

more
μᾶλλον (mallon)
Adverb
Strong's 3123: More, rather. Neuter of the comparative of the same as malista; more) or rather.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

more
μᾶλλον (mallon)
Adverb
Strong's 3123: More, rather. Neuter of the comparative of the same as malista; more) or rather.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

knowledge
ἐπιγνώσει (epignōsei)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1922: From epiginosko; recognition, i.e. full discernment, acknowledgement.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

profound
πάσῃ (pasē)
Adjective - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

insight,
αἰσθήσει (aisthēsei)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 144: Perception, understanding, discernment. From aisthanomai; perception, i.e. discernment.


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