consolation. Greek. paraklesis. See Luke 6:24. See App-134.
Spirit. App-101. There is no article, and the whole context is an exhortation to being of one mind. Compare Philippians 1:27.
bowels. See Philippians 1:8.
mercies. Greek. oiktirmos. See Romans 12:1.
Fulfil. Complete. App-125.
that. in order that. Greek. hina.
be likeminded. mind, or think the same thing. Greek. phroneo.
of one accord. Greek. sumpsuchos. Only here.
of one mind. minding (Greek. phroneo, as above) the one thing.
nothing. Greek medeis.
through. according to. App-104.
strife. Greek. eritheia. See Philippians 1:16.
vainglory. Greek. kenodoxia. Only here.
in. by. No preposition. Dative case.
lowliness of mind. Greek. tapeinophrosune. See Acts 20:19.
let each, &c.. reckoning one another.
better. Greek. huperecho, See Romans 13:1.
being. subsisting, or being essentially. Greek. huparcho. See Luke 9:48
thought. reckoned. Some word as "esteem", Philippians 2:3.
robbery. an act of robbery, or usurpation.
to be equal. the being on an equality.
made Himself of no reputation. emptied Himself. Greek. kenoo. See Romans 4:14. Of what He divested Himself is not stated, but Geo. Herbert's words, "He laid his glory by", i.e. the outward attributes of Deity, well suggest the meaning here. "It is assumed by some that when taking the form of. bondservant, He not only divested Himself of His Divine powers, but became as His fellows, and limited Himself (or was limited) to the knowledge and "mental status" of the age in which He lived. In support of this Luke 2:52 and Mark 13:32 are adduced, but neither affords any warrant whatever for such assumption. The Lord's wisdom and knowledge were astonishing to the Rabbis (Luke 2:37). He came only to accomplish the work the Father gave Him to do (John 17:4), so He only spoke the words the Father gave Him (John 3:34; John 7:16; John 8:28; John 12:49; John 12:50; John 14:10; John 14:24; John 17:8; John 17:14). His perfect obedience (as far as death, Philippians 2:8) was shown in that He did and said only what was appointed Him to do and say, not His own will, but the will of Him that sent Him (Hebrews 10:5-7).
and took, &c.. having taken.
was made. Literally becoming.
likeness Greek. homoioma. See Romans 1:23.
fashion. Greek. schema. Only here and 1 Corinthians 7:31. The noun morphe. Occurs thrice and is used only of the Lord; here (verses: Philippians 2:6; Philippians 2:7), and Mark 16:12, schema Occurs only here and 1 Corinthians 7:31, as above. For their compounds see the Notes.
humbled. Greek. tapeinoo. See 2 Corinthians 11:7.
and became. Literally becoming.
obedient. Greek. huperkoos. See Acts 7:39.
unto. as far as,
cross. That death, the shame of which made it such. stumbling-block to the Jews. Compare Hebrews 12:2. The seven successive steps of the Lord's humiliation illustrate the Figure of speech Catabasis. App-6. The seven steps upward in His glorification are given in verses: Philippians 2:9-11.
at. in. App-104.
in heaven. Greek. epouranios. S. Ephesians 3:10.
in earth. Greek. epigeios. See 1 Corinthians 15:40 (terrestrial).
under the earth. Greek. katachthonios. Only here. Compare Proverbs 15:24, These are the dead who shall yet be reused to give glory to Him, Compare Revelation 5:13. and the angels and demons of the abyss. Luke 8:31.Revelation 9:11. And see Psalms 148.
Jesus Christ. App-98.
be. Literally become.
harmless. Greek. akeraios. See Romans 16:19
crooked. Greek., skolios. See Acts 2:40.
perverse. See Acts 13:8.
shine. appear. App-106.
world. App-129. Compare Matthew 5:14.
For the same, &c.. In respect to the same thing do ye also joy.
trust. hope. Greek. elpizo.
be, &c. Greek. eupsucheo. Only here,
your state. the things concerning (App-104.) you.
Epaphroditus, See Philippians 4:18.
companion in labour. Greek. sunergos, fellowlabourer,. as Philippians 4:3. &c.
fellowsoldier. Greek. sustratiotes. Only here and Phm. Philippians 1:2.
messenger. apostle. App-189.
he that ministered. minister. App-190.
nigh, Greek. paraplesion. Only here.
lest. in order that (Greek. hina) not (App-105).
carefully. diligently. see. App-133.
less sorrowful. more free from grief. Greek. alupoteros. Only here.
for. App-104.Philippians 2:2.
not regarding. disregarding. Greek. parabouleuomai, The texts read paraboleuomai, to expose to danger.
to. that (Greek. hina) he might.
supply. fill up. Greek. anapleroo. See 1 Corinthians 14:16. Compare App-125.
toward. App-104. Paul's joy at their kind ministration lacked one thing, their personal presence. This Epaphroditus, their messenger, supplied.