Philippians 2:9
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New International Version
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,

New Living Translation
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names,

English Standard Version
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,

Berean Study Bible
Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name above all names,

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore God also highly exalted Him, and granted to Him the name above every name,

New American Standard Bible
For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,

King James Bible
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

Christian Standard Bible
For this reason God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,

Contemporary English Version
Then God gave Christ the highest place and honored his name above all others.

Good News Translation
For this reason God raised him to the highest place above and gave him the name that is greater than any other name.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name,

International Standard Version
Now lifted up by God to heaven, a name above all others given, this matchless name possessing.

NET Bible
As a result God exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,

New Heart English Bible
Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of this, God has also greatly exalted him and he has given him The Name which is greater than all names,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is why God has given him an exceptional honor- the name honored above all other names-

New American Standard 1977
Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, God also has highly exalted him and given him a name which is above every name,

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

American King James Version
Why God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

American Standard Version
Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names:

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and granted him a name, that which is above every name,

English Revised Version
Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name;

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

Weymouth New Testament
It is in consequence of this that God has also so highly exalted Him, and has conferred on Him the Name which is supreme above every other,

World English Bible
Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name;

Young's Literal Translation
wherefore, also, God did highly exalt him, and gave to him a name that is above every name,
Study Bible
The Attitude of Christ
8And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross. 9Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place, and gave Him the name above all names, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,…
Cross References
Isaiah 52:13
Behold, My Servant will act wisely; He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted--

Isaiah 53:12
Therefore I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the spoils with the strong, because He has poured out His life unto death, and He was numbered among the transgressors. Yet He bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors.

Daniel 7:14
And He was given dominion, glory, and kingship, so that every people, nation, and language should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

Matthew 28:18
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.

John 17:11
I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, protect them by Your name, the name You gave Me, so that they may be one as We are one.

John 17:12
While I was with them, I protected and preserved them by Your name, the name You gave Me. Not one of them has been lost, except the son of destruction, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled.

Acts 2:33
Exalted, then, to the right hand of God, He has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.

Ephesians 1:10
as a plan for the fullness of time, to bring all things in heaven and on earth together in Christ.

Ephesians 1:21
far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come.

2 Thessalonians 1:12
so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 1:9
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has placed You above Your companions by anointing You with the oil of joy."

Hebrews 2:9
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.

3 John 1:7
For they went out on behalf of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles.

Treasury of Scripture

Why God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:


Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your …

Psalm 2:6-12 Yet have I set my king on my holy hill of Zion…

Psalm 8:5-8 For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and have crowned …

Psalm 45:6,7 Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the scepter of your kingdom …

Psalm 69:29,30 But I am poor and sorrowful: let your salvation, O God, set me up on high…

Psalm 72:17-19 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long …

Psalm 91:14 Because he has set his love on me, therefore will I deliver him: …

Psalm 110:1,5 The LORD said to my Lord, Sit you at my right hand, until I make …

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, …

Isaiah 49:6-8 And he said, It is a light thing that you should be my servant to …

Isaiah 52:13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and …

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall …

Daniel 2:44,45 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, …

Daniel 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that …

Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows the …

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me …

Luke 10:22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows who …

John 3:35,36 The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand…

John 5:22-27 For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son…

John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, …

John 17:1-3,5 These words spoke Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, …

Acts 2:32-36 This Jesus has God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses…

Acts 5:31 Him has God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, …

Romans 14:9-11 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he …

1 Corinthians 15:24-27 Then comes the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to …

Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for …

Hebrews 12:2 Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the …

2 Peter 1:17 For he received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came …

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first …

Revelation 3:21 To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even …

Revelation 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive …

Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying…

Revelation 19:16 And he has on his clothing and on his thigh a name written, KING …


Psalm 89:27 Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.

Ephesians 1:20-23 Which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and …

Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, …

Hebrews 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he has by inheritance …

1 Peter 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels …

(9) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him.--The exaltation, like the humiliation, belongs to Him, as Son of Man; for He was "lifted up," as on the cross, so in the Ascension. It raises Him to the throne of the Mediatorial kingdom, on which He entered by the Ascension, sitting at the right hand of God till He has put all enemies under His feet, and then ready "to deliver up the kingdom to the Father, that God may be all in all." (See 1Corinthians 15:24-28.) For it is the "Son of Man" who "cometh in the clouds of heaven" (Daniel 7:13; Matthew 26:64), and has "authority to execute judgment" (John 5:27).

Hath given him a name.--Or, rather, the Name above every name. "The Name" (for this seems to be the best reading) is clearly "the Name" of God. It is properly the name Jehovah, held in the extremest literal reverence by the Jews, and it came to signify (almost like "the Word") the revelation of the presence of God. See Revelation 19:12-13, where "the name which no man knew but Himself" is the "Word of God." This is, indeed, made clear by the following verse; for the adoration there described is in the original passage (Isaiah 45:23; comp. Romans 14:11), claimed as the sole due of God Himself. The name JESUS, "Jehovah the Saviour" (like "Jehovah our Righteousness," in Jeremiah 23:6), does contain, as an integral element, the incommunicable name of God, while the addition of "Saviour" points to the true humanity. Therefore in that Name, of Him who is at once God and Man, "every knee is to bow" with direct worship to Him.

Verse 9. - Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him. The exaltation is the reward of the humiliation: "He that humbleth himself shall be exalted." Better, as R.V., highly exalted. The aorist (ὑπερύψωσεν) refers to the historical facts of the Resurrection and Ascension. And given him a Name which is above every name; read and translate, as R.V., and gave unto him the Name. The two aorist verbs, "highly exalted" and "freely gave" (ἐχαρίσατο), refer to the time of our Lord's resurrection and ascension. He voluntarily assumed a subordinate position; God the Father exalted him. We must read, with the best manuscripts, the Name. This seems to mean, not the name Jesus, which was given him at his circumcision, in accordance with the angel's message; but the name Lord or Jehovah (comp. Ver. 11), which was indeed his before his incarnation, but was given (comp. Matthew 28:18, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth") to Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son, God and Man in one Person. Or more probably, perhaps, the word "Name" is used here, as so often in the Hebrew Scriptures, for the majesty, glory, dignity, of the Godhead. Compare the oft-repeated words of the psahnist, "Praise the Name of the Lord." So Gesenius, in his Hebrew lexicon on the word שֵׁם he explains the Name of the Lord as (b) Jehovah as being called on and praised by men; and (c) the Deity as being present with mortals (comp. Ephesians 1:21; Hebrews 1:4). Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,.... The apostle proceeds to observe the exaltation of Christ, for the encouragement of meek and humble souls; that whereas Christ, who so exceedingly demeaned himself, was afterwards highly exalted by God, so all such who, in imitation of him, behave to one another in lowliness of mind, shall be exalted in God's due time; for whoso humbleth himself, shall be exalted. The first step of Christ's exaltation was his resurrection from the dead, when he had a glory given him as man; his body was raised in incorruption, in glory, in power, and a spiritual one; it became a glorious body, and the pledge and exemplar of the saints at the general resurrection, of which his transfiguration on the mount was an emblem and prelude; and he was also glorified then as Mediator, he was then justified in the Spirit, and acquitted and discharged from all the sins of his people, he took upon him and bore, having satisfied for them; and all God's elect were justified in him, for he rose as a public person, as their head, for their justification; yea, in some sense he was then glorified, as a divine person; not that any new additional glory was, or could be made to him as such; but there was an illustrious manifestation of his natural, essential, and original glory; he was declared to be the Son of God with power, by his resurrection from the dead: the next step of his high exaltation was his ascending on high up to the third heaven, where he is made higher than the heavens; when he was accompanied by an innumerable company of angels, and by those saints whose bodies rose out of their graves after his resurrection; and was received and carried up in a bright glorious cloud; and passing through the air, the seat of the devils, he led captivity captive, and triumphed over principalities and powers, having before spoiled them on his cross; and then entering into heaven, he sat down at the right hand of God, which is another branch of his exaltation; and shows that he had done his work, and that it was approved and accepted of; and had that glory and honour bestowed on him, which never was on any mere creature, angels or men, to sit down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; which as it is the highest pitch of the exaltation of the human nature of Christ, so by it there is a most illustrious display of the glory of his divine person as the Son of God; who was with God, as one brought up with him from all eternity; and was so likewise when here on earth, but not so manifestly; but now he is openly and manifestly glorified with himself, with that glory he had with him before the world began: moreover, Christ's exaltation lies in his having the gifts of the Spirit without measure, to bestow on his ministers and churches, in all succeeding generations, for the carrying on of his interest, and the enlargement of his kingdom; in having all power in heaven and in earth, to complete his work and great designs; in having dominion and authority over all creatures and things, which are made to be subservient to the execution of his mediatorial office; and in having the right and power of judging the world at the last day, when there will still be a more glorious display of his eternal deity and divine sonship; for he will come in his Father's glory, and in his own, and with his holy angels: now the causes of Christ's exaltation are these: the efficient cause is God; though he made himself of no reputation, and humbled himself, these were voluntary acts of his own; yet he did not exalt himself, but God exalted him, even God the Father; with him the covenant of grace and redemption was made, in which glory was promised Christ, in consideration of his obedience, sufferings, and death; and which he prayed to him for, and pleaded for with him, having done his work; and which exaltation of Christ is always ascribed to God, even the Father; see Acts 2:33; the impulsive or moving cause, and indeed the meritorious cause, were the humiliation of Christ; because he, though he was originally so great and glorious, yet made himself as it were nothing, humbled himself to become man, and was contented to be accounted a mere man, and went up and down in the form of a servant; and because he became so cheerfully obedient to the whole law, and to death itself, for the sake of his people, and out of love to them, "therefore" God exalted him: the exaltation of Christ was not only a consequence of his obedience and death, and his humiliation merely the way to his glory; but his high and exalted estate were the reward of all this; it was what was promised him in covenant, what was then agreed upon, what he expected and pleaded, and had as a recompense of reward, in consideration of his having glorified God on earth, and finished the work he undertook to do: it follows as an instance of the exaltation of Christ,

and hath given him a name which is above every name. The Syriac version renders it, "which is more excellent than every name"; and the Arabic version translates it, "which is more eminent than every name"; and the Ethiopic version thus, "which is greater than every name": by which is meant, not any particular and peculiar name by which he is called; not the name of God, for though this is his name, the mighty God, and so is even the incommunicable name Jehovah, and which may be truly said to be every name; but neither of these are given him, but what he has by nature; and besides were what he had before his exaltation in human nature: it is true indeed, upon that this name of his became more illustrious and manifest unto men; it is a more clear point, that he is God over all blessed for evermore; and it will still be more manifest at his glorious appearing, that he is the great God, as well as our Saviour: to which may be added, that the name Jehovah in the plate of gold on the high priest's forehead, was set above the other word; so says Maimonides (m),

"the plate of gold was two fingers broad, and it reached from ear to ear; and there was written upon it two lines, "holiness to the Lord"; "holiness", was written below, and , "to the Lord", or "to Jehovah", above:

whether here may not be an allusion to this, I leave to be considered: nor do I think that the name of the Son of God is meant; this is indeed a name of Christ, and a more excellent one than either angels or men have; for he is in such sense the Son of God, as neither of them are; but this is a name also which he has by nature, and is what he had before his exaltation; and was before this attested by his Father, and confessed by angels, men, and devils; though indeed upon his exaltation, he was declared more manifestly to be the Son of God, as he will be yet more clearly in his kingdom and glory: much less is the name Jesus intended, which was given him by the angel before his conception and birth, and was a name common to men among the Jews; but it seems to design such fame and renown, honour, glory, and dignity, as were never given unto, and bestowed upon creatures; as his rising from the dead as a public person, his ascending on high in the manner he did, his session at the right hand of God, his investiture with all gifts, power, dominion, authority, and with the judgment of the world; and whatever name of greatness there is among men or angels, Christ has that which is superior to it. Was a priest a name of honour and dignity among the Jews? Christ is not only a priest, and an high priest, but a great high priest; a priest not after the order of Aaron, but after the order of Melchizedek, Hebrews 7:11, and a greater than he himself. Is a king a great name among men? Christ has on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of kings, and Lord of lords. Is a deliverer of a nation a title of great honour? Christ is exalted to be a Prince and a Saviour of men of all nations; nor is there any other name but his, that is given among men, whereby we must be saved. Is a mediator between warring princes and kingdoms accounted a name of greatness and glory? Christ is the one only Mediator between God and man, and of a new and better covenant. Are angels, seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers, great names in the other world? Christ is the Angel of God's presence, an eternal one, the Angel of the covenant, the head of all principality and power. These are all subject to him, and he is set at God's right hand far above them,

(m) Hilchot Cele Hamikdash, c. 9. sect. 1.9. Wherefore—as the just consequence of His self-humiliation and obedience (Ps 8:5, 6; 110:1, 7; Mt 28:18; Lu 24:26; Joh 5:27; 10:17; Ro 14:9; Eph 1:20-22; Heb 2:9). An intimation, that if we would hereafter be exalted, we too must, after His example, now humble ourselves (Php 2:3, 5; Php 3:21; 1Pe 5:5, 6). Christ emptied Christ; God exalted Christ as man to equality with God [Bengel].

highly exalted—Greek, "super-eminently exalted" (Eph 4:10).

given him—Greek, "bestowed on Him."

a name—along with the corresponding reality, glory and majesty.

which—Translate, namely, "that which is above every name." The name "Jesus" (Php 2:10), which is even now in glory His name of honor (Ac 9:5). "Above" not only men, but angels (Eph 1:21).2:5-11 The example of our Lord Jesus Christ is set before us. We must resemble him in his life, if we would have the benefit of his death. Notice the two natures of Christ; his Divine nature, and human nature. Who being in the form of God, partaking the Divine nature, as the eternal and only-begotten Son of God, Joh 1:1, had not thought it a robbery to be equal with God, and to receive Divine worship from men. His human nature; herein he became like us in all things except sin. Thus low, of his own will, he stooped from the glory he had with the Father before the world was. Christ's two states, of humiliation and exaltation, are noticed. Christ not only took upon him the likeness and fashion, or form of a man, but of one in a low state; not appearing in splendour. His whole life was a life of poverty and suffering. But the lowest step was his dying the death of the cross, the death of a malefactor and a slave; exposed to public hatred and scorn. The exaltation was of Christ's human nature, in union with the Divine. At the name of Jesus, not the mere sound of the word, but the authority of Jesus, all should pay solemn homage. It is to the glory of God the Father, to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord; for it is his will, that all men should honour the Son as they honour the Father, Joh 5:23. Here we see such motives to self-denying love as nothing else can supply. Do we thus love and obey the Son of God?
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