Always in every prayer of my for you all making request with joy,
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)
In every prayer of mine - This was a proof of particular and special affection, that while there were so many objects demanding his prayers, and so many other churches which he had founded, he never forgot them. The person or object that we remember in every prayer must be very dear to the heart.
For you all - Not for the church in general, but for the individual members. "He industriously repeats the word 'all,' that he might show that he loved them all equally well, and that he might the more successfully excite them to the manifestation of the same love and benevolence" - Wetstein.
for you all—The frequent repetition in this Epistle of "all" with "you," marks that Paul desires to declare his love for all alike, and will not recognize any divisions among them.
with joy—the characteristic feature in this Epistle, as love is in that to the Ephesians (compare Php 1:18; Php 2:2, 19, 28; 3:1; 4:1, 4). Love and joy are the two first-fruits of the Spirit. Joy gives especial animation to prayers. It marked his high opinion of them, that there was almost everything in them to give him joy, and almost nothing to give him pain.1 Thessalonians 5:17, for them all: the term all being used three times emphatically: compare Luke 2:37 Romans 1:9.
Making request with joy; for what God had done for them, and continued with them. Requests are to be made known to God with thanksgiving. When we request a favour of him, it becomes us to return thanks for what we have received from him. Thanksgiving is a branch of prayer; as we have always mercies to ask for, we have always mercies to be thankful for.Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Php 1:4. Various divisions of these words have been proposed, some referring πάντοτε … ὑμῶν to the preceding verse, others taking πάντοτε … μου together, and regarding the remainder of the sentence as a connected whole. It seems least arbitrary to find in Php 1:4 a complete thought. The prominence of πᾶς shows the exuberance of his joy in them.—δεήσει. A special aspect of προσευχή, that of entreaty for the satisfaction of some known want; cf. Ell on 1 Timothy 2:1.—μετὰ χαρᾶς. The undertone of the whole letter.—δ. ποιούμενος. An interesting parallel in Papyr. of Faijûm, 172 A.D., δικαίαν δέ[ησ]ιν ποιούμενος (Dsm, NBS, p. 78), in the general sense of “asking” (cf. δεήσεις ποιεῖσθαι, Luke 5:33, 1 Timothy 2:1).
 Deissmann (BS. = Bibelstudien, NBS. = Neue Bibelstudien).
 Neue Bibelstudien4. every prayer] every request. The Greek word is narrower than that, e. g. Ephesians 1:16, which includes the whole action of worship. See below on Php 4:6.
for you all] See, for the same phrase, or kindred words, Php 1:7-8; Php 1:25, Php 2:17; Php 2:26. We seem to see, in this emphasis on the word “all,” a gentle reference to the danger of partizanship and divisions at Philippi. See Introduction, p. 19.
request] Lit. and better, the request just mentioned.
with joy] These words strike the key-note of a main strain of the Epistle.—They are here the emphatic words of the sentence. He illustrates the assurance of his thankfulness for them by saying that every request for them is lighted up with happiness. For St Paul’s joy over his converts’ consistency cp. 2 Corinthians 2:3; 2 Corinthians 7:4; 2 Corinthians 7:13; below, Php 2:2, Php 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20; 1 Thessalonians 3:9; Philemon 1:7.Php 1:4. Ὑπὲρ, for) Construe it with praying.—μετὰ χαρᾶς, with joy) The sum of the epistle is, I rejoice, rejoice ye. This epistle on joy aptly follows that to the Ephesians, where love reigns; for joy is perpetually mentioned, Php 1:18, etc.; likewise ch. Php 2:2; Php 2:19; Php 2:28, Php 3:1, Php 4:1; Php 4:4. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy. Joy particularly gives animation to prayers.—τὴν δέησιν, [my request], the prayer) of which he had just spoken.Verse 4. - Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy. Perhaps the first part of this verse is better joined with Ver. 3, "I thank my God... always in every prayer of mine for you all;" so Bishop Lightfoot The Greek word for "prayer" and "request "is the same, better rendered "my supplication," he as the R.V.; it implies not merely a lifting up of the heart to God, but an earnest entreaty for a necessary gift. We meet now for the first time with that "joy" which is the keynote of this Epistle. "Summa epistolae, Gaudeo; gaudete;" so Bengel, who continues, "This Epistle of joy well follows that to the Ephesians, where love reigns. 'The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy.' Joy gives life to prayer."
Rev., better, supplication. See on Luke 5:33.
For you all
Connect with every prayer of mine.
Request (τὴν δέησιν)
Rev., better, my supplication. The article refers to every supplication.
Joy is the keynote of this epistle. Bengel says: "The sum of the epistle is, 'I rejoice, rejoice ye."' See Philippians 1:18, Philippians 1:25; Philippians 2:2, Philippians 2:17, Philippians 2:18, Philippians 2:28, Philippians 2:29; Philippians 3:1; Philippians 4:1, Philippians 4:4, Philippians 4:10.
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