Philippians 2:4

4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

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Philippians 2:4 in Other Translations

KJV
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
ESV
4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
NLT
4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
MSG
4 Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
CSB
4 Everyone should look out not [only] for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Philippians 2:4 Meaning and Commentary

Philippians 2:4

Look, not every man on his own things
Not but that a man should take care of his worldly affairs, and look well unto them, and provide things honest in the sight of all men, for himself and his family, otherwise he would be worse than an infidel; but he is not to seek his own private advantage, and prefer it to a public good; accordingly the Syriac version reads it, "neither let anyone be careful of himself, but also everyone of his neighbour"; and the Arabic version thus, "and let none of you look to that which conduces to himself alone, but let everyone of you look to those things which may conduce to his friend"; but this respects spiritual things, and spiritual gifts: a Christian should not seek his own honour and applause, and to have his own will, and a point in a church carried his own way, but should consult the honour of Christ, the good of others, and the peace of the church; he should not look upon his own gifts, he may look upon them, and ascribe them to the grace of God, and make use of them to his glory, but not to admire them, or himself for them, and pride himself in them, and lift up himself above others, neglecting and taking no notice of the superior abilities of others:

but every man also on the things of others;
not on their worldly things, busying himself with other men's matters, and which he has nothing to do with, but on the sentiments and reasons of others; which he should well weigh and consider, and if they outdo and overbalance his own, should yield unto them; he should take notice of the superior gifts of others, and own and acknowledge them; which is the way to submit to one another in the fear of God, and to promote truth, friendship, and love.

Philippians 2:4 In-Context

2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;

Cross References 1

  • 1. S 1 Corinthians 10:24
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