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Bible Commentaries

Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament

Philippians 3


1:1 ministers; (c-23) Or 'deacons' ( diakonos ), see Note. Romans 16:1 .

Verse 3

3:3 God, (a-12) T.R. reads 'God in spirit.' The reading was in question as early as Ambrose and Augustine. Augustine reads both. Ambrose, till the Benedictine edition, was given as reading Theo(i) , 'serving God the Spirit.' but they give Theou , 'serving the Spirit of God.' The diplomatic evidence is in favour of Theou , 'who worship by the Spirit of God.' but I do not feel assured of its correctness. aleph has Theou ; but after all aleph is only an Alexandrian witness of the completest kind. But it is anything but a correct manuscript. In Revelation it is very incorrect indeed. D and P (in Tisch. M.S.I.) read Theo-(i) , and so Am Syrr.

Verse 6

3:6 found (b-15) Genomenos , from ginomai , 'become,' see ch. 2.7, Note o.

Verse 8

3:8 Christ; (c-45) Or 'have Christ for my gain.' see Note, Galatians 2:4 .

Verse 9

3:9 be] (d-15) Or 'that which is.' through (e-35) Epi , conditioned by. see Note n, Romans 10:19 .

Verse 12

3:12 also (f-26) Epi , with dative, 'that I have been taken possession of' is the condition in virtue of which he expected the result. 'He would get possession ' but 'also he had been taken possession of.' see Note n, Romans 10:19 . Compare Romans 5:12 , ' for that all have sinned.'

Verse 15

3:15 perfect, (g-6) Or 'full-grown,' as 1 Corinthians 14:20 .

Verse 20

3:20 commonwealth (h-3) 'Commonwealth' does not satisfy me, but 'citizenship' gives a different idea. 'Conversation' is wrong, though it be a practical consequence . It is 'associations of life,' as, 'I am born an Englishman.'

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Darby, John. "Commentary on Philippians 3". "John Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament". 1857-67.