New American Standard Bible
yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.
King James Bible
Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
Darby Bible Translation
but remaining in the flesh is more necessary for your sakes;
World English Bible
Yet, to remain in the flesh is more needful for your sake.
Young's Literal Translation
and to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Nevertheless to abide in the flesh - To live. All this is language derived from the belief that the soul will be separate from the body at death, and will occupy a separate state of existence.
Is more needful for you - Another object that was dear to the heart of Paul. He never supposed that his life was useless; or that it was a matter of no importance to the cause of religion whether he lived or died. He knew that God works by means; and that the life of a minister of the gospel is of real value to the church and the world. His experience, his influence, his paternal counsels, he felt assured would be of value to the church, and he had, therefore, a desire to live - and it was no part of his religion affectedly to undervalue or despise himself.
LibraryTwenty Second Sunday after Trinity Paul's Thanks and Prayers for Churches.
Text: Philippians 1, 3-11. 3 I thank my God upon all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every supplication of mine on behalf of you all making my supplication with joy, 5 for your fellowship in furtherance of the gospel from the first day until now; 6 being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ: 7 even as it is right for me to be thus minded on behalf of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as, both in my bonds …
Martin Luther—Epistle Sermons, Vol. III
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But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;
Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith,
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