Philippians 2:20

20 I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare.

Philippians 2:20 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
20 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.
English Standard Version (ESV)
20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare.
New Living Translation (NLT)
20 I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare.
The Message Bible (MSG)
20 I have no one quite like Timothy. He is loyal, and genuinely concerned for you.
American Standard Version (ASV)
20 For I have no man likeminded, who will care truly for your state.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
20 I don't have anyone else like Timothy. He takes a genuine interest in your welfare.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
20 For I have no one else like-minded who will genuinely care about your interests;
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
20 I have no one else like Timothy. He truly cares about how you are doing.

Philippians 2:20 Meaning and Commentary

Philippians 2:20

For I have no man likeminded
With myself; as my soul, so the Syriac version renders it. Timothy had a soul like the apostle's, which none that were with him, besides him, had; he was of the same judgment with him in the doctrines of grace; he received and preached the same Gospel as he did; he preached the same Christ, the Son of God, without yea and nay; he had the same affection for the apostle, and the souls of men, as he had; his soul was knit to his, and they had, as it were, but one soul in two bodies; he was engaged in the same work of the Lord, and pursued it with the same zeal and diligence: he was a second Paul in the pulpit; and there was no man likeminded as he, or so well disposed to the Philippians as he was, that had their good and cause at heart, and was willing to take so long a journey to do them service; for he had a particular affection for them, having been among them with the apostle, when he first preached the Gospel to them:

who will naturally care for your state.
There were none like him that would; many were like the shepherds of Israel, that fed themselves and not the flock; but he was one that was diligent to know the state of the flock, and looked well to the herd under his care; and had an anxious care and solicitude, as the word signifies, for the good of souls. The work of a faithful Gospel minister is a work of care; one of his characteristics is, that he cares for the church of God; and though anxious care in worldly things is forbidden, yet in the affairs of Christ's house it is highly commendable, and especially when it is natural, or genuine and sincere, as Timothy's was: he had a sincere love, an hearty and real concern for their good; and which he would show by delivering to them the sincere milk of the word, by preaching the Gospel in the power and purity of it, with all sincerity and uprightness, with a single eye to the glory of Christ, and the good of their souls; and which is the apostle's reason for sending him unto them.

Philippians 2:20 In-Context

18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you.
20 I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare.
21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.

Cross References 1

  • 1. 1 Corinthians 16:10
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