Philippians 2:21

21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:21 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.
English Standard Version (ESV)
21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
New Living Translation (NLT)
21 All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ.
The Message Bible (MSG)
21 Most people around here are looking out for themselves, with little concern for the things of Jesus.
American Standard Version (ASV)
21 For they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
21 Everyone else looks after his own interests, not after those of Jesus Christ.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
21 all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
21 All the others are looking out for their own interests. They are not looking out for the interests of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 2:21 Meaning and Commentary

Philippians 2:21

For all seek their own
Meaning not every individual, but the greatest part; and not merely such as were manifestly false teachers, but such as were with the apostle, as ministers of the word; and we may suppose him to be stripped, by one means or another, of the more valuable preachers of the Gospel, and to be in much such a case as he describes himself to be, in ( 2 Timothy 4:10-12 ) . He had none with him, excepting a very few, but such as he speaks of in the preceding chapter, that preached Christ of envy, strife, and contention; and these chiefly sought their own worldly interest and advantage; they sought great things for themselves, and looked every man for his gain from his quarter, Demas like, loving this present world, ( 2 Timothy 4:10 ) ; they sought for dominion and authority over men, and their faith, to lord it over God's heritage, as Diotrephes, who loved to have the preeminence, ( 3 John 1:9 ) ; they sought for popular applause, for honour and glory of men, as the Pharisees of old did; and particularly their own ease and health, and did not choose to undertake such a fatiguing journey as from Rome to Philippi:

not the things which are Jesus Christ;
they had no true regard to the Gospel of Christ, to the continuance, establishment, and spread of it in the world, or in any particular place; nor any hearty affection for the ordinances of Christ, and the retaining and preserving of them in their purity and simplicity; nor for the churches of Christ, and their spiritual good and welfare, as the Jews formerly, they cared not if the house of God lay waste, provided they dwelt in their ceiled houses; nor had they any concern for the honour and glory of Christ. But Timothy was a man of a quite different spirit and complexion; and which is another reason of the apostle's sending him to this place and people.

Philippians 2:21 In-Context

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.
23 I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S 1 Corinthians 10:24; 1 Corinthians 13:5
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