Philippians 1:8
New International Version
God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

New Living Translation
God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus.

English Standard Version
For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.

Berean Study Bible
God is my witness how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

Berean Literal Bible
For God is my witness how I long after you all in the affection of Christ Jesus.

King James Bible
For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

New King James Version
For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.

New American Standard Bible
For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.

NASB 1995
For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.

NASB 1977
For God is my witness, how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.

Amplified Bible
For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus [whose great love fills me].

Christian Standard Bible
For God is my witness, how deeply I miss all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For God is my witness, how deeply I miss all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

American Standard Version
For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For God is my witness, how much I love you with the affection of Yeshua The Messiah.

Contemporary English Version
God himself knows how much I want to see you. He knows I care for you in the same way Christ Jesus does.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

English Revised Version
For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus.

Good News Translation
God is my witness that I tell the truth when I say that my deep feeling for you all comes from the heart of Christ Jesus himself.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God is my witness that, with all the compassion of Christ Jesus, I long [to see] every one of you.

International Standard Version
For God is my witness how much I long for all of you with the compassion that the Messiah Jesus provides.

Literal Standard Version
For God is my witness, how I long for you all with [the] yearnings of Jesus Christ,

NET Bible
For God is my witness that I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

New Heart English Bible
For God is my witness, how I long after all of you in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus.

Weymouth New Testament
For God is my witness how I yearn over all of you with tender Christian affection.

World English Bible
For God is my witness, how I long after all of you in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus.

Young's Literal Translation
For God is my witness, how I long for you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Thanksgiving and Prayer
7It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart. For in my chains and in my defense and confirmation of the gospel, you are all partners in grace with me. 8 God is my witness how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,…

Cross References
Job 16:19
Even now my witness is in heaven, and my advocate is on high.

Romans 1:9
God, whom I serve with my spirit in preaching the gospel of His Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you

Galatians 3:26
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:1
Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, that is how you must stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.


Treasury of Scripture

For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

God.

Romans 1:9
For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;

Romans 9:1
I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,

Galatians 1:20
Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.

how.

Philippians 2:26
For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.

Philippians 4:1
Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

2 Corinthians 13:9
For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

in.

Philippians 2:1
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

Isaiah 16:11
Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kirharesh.

Isaiah 63:15
Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?









(8) God is my record.--We have a similar adjuration in Romans 1:9; 2Corinthians 1:23; 1Thessalonians 2:5; 1Thessalonians 2:10. These instances show in what sense St. Paul interpreted such commands as the "swear not at all" of Matthew 5:34.

In the bowels of Jesus Christ.--The use of the word, which we translate (not very happily or correctly) by "bowels," is common with St. Paul. (See 2Corinthians 6:12; 2Corinthians 7:15; Colossians 3:12; Philemon 1:7; Philemon 1:12; Philemon 1:20.) It corresponds to our use of "heart" as the seat of affection--the word "heart" itself in the New Testament being employed, in a wider sense, to signify the whole inner man. (See Ephesians 1:18 : "the eyes of your heart being enlightened," and Note there.) But the phrase here is striking and even startling. "I long after you" (says St. Paul) "in the heart of Jesus Christ." He can say (as in Galatians 2:20), "I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me." Hence the deep yearning of love which he feels for them he knows to be an emanation, faint indeed, but true, from the "heart of Jesus Christ" dwelling in him. . . .

Verse 8. - For God is my record - rather, witness (comp. Romans 1:9) - how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. The word σπλάγχνα, here rendered "bowels," means the heart, liver, etc.. he not the entrails. The expression is remarkable, and is well illustrated by Bengel's striking words, "Paulus non in Pauli, sed Jesu Christi movetur visceribus." "Not I, but Christ liveth in me." He is so united with Christ that he feels with the heart of Christ, he loves with the love of Christ.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
God [is]
Θεός (Theos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

my
μου (mou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

witness
μάρτυς (martys)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3144: A witness (judicially) or figuratively (genitive case); by analogy, a 'martyr'.

how
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

I long for
ἐπιποθῶ (epipothō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1971: From epi and potheo; to dote upon, i.e. Intensely crave possession.

all
πάντας (pantas)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

of you
ὑμᾶς (hymas)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

with
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

[the] affection
σπλάγχνοις (splanchnois)
Noun - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's 4698: Probably strengthened from splen; an intestine; figuratively, pity or sympathy.

of Christ
Χριστοῦ (Christou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 5547: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.

Jesus.
Ἰησοῦ (Iēsou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2424: Of Hebrew origin; Jesus, the name of our Lord and two other Israelites.


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