Philippians 2:16
New International Version
as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.

New Living Translation
Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.

English Standard Version
holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

Berean Study Bible
as you hold forth the word of life, in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.

Berean Literal Bible
holding forth the word of life unto a boast to me in the day of Christ that I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.

King James Bible
Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

New King James Version
holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.

New American Standard Bible
holding firmly the word of life, so that on the day of Christ I can take pride because I did not run in vain nor labor in vain.

NASB 1995
holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.

NASB 1977
holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may have cause to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.

Amplified Bible
holding out and offering to everyone the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to rejoice greatly because I did not run [my race] in vain nor labor without result.

Christian Standard Bible
by holding firm to the word of life. Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn’t run or labor for nothing.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Hold firmly to the message of life. Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn't run or labor for nothing.

American Standard Version
holding forth the word of life; that I may have whereof to glory in the day of Christ, that I did not run in vain neither labor in vain.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For you are in the place of life to them, unto my boasting in the day of The Messiah, because I have not run for nothing, neither have I labored worthlessly.

Contemporary English Version
as you hold firmly to the message that gives life. Then on the day when Christ returns, I can take pride in you. I can also know that my work and efforts were not useless.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Holding forth the word of life to my glory in the day of Christ, because I have not run in vain, nor laboured in vain.

English Revised Version
holding forth the word of life; that I may have whereof to glory in the day of Christ, that I did not run in vain neither labour in vain.

Good News Translation
as you offer them the message of life. If you do so, I shall have reason to be proud of you on the Day of Christ, because it will show that all my effort and work have not been wasted.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
as you hold firmly to the word of life. Then I can brag on the day of Christ that my effort was not wasted and that my work produced results.

International Standard Version
as you hold firmly to the word of life. Then I will be proud when the Messiah returns that I did not run in vain or work hard in vain.

Literal Standard Version
holding forth the word of life, for rejoicing to me in regard to [the] Day of Christ, that I did not run in vain, nor did I labor in vain;

NET Bible
by holding on to the word of life so that on the day of Christ I will have a reason to boast that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain.

New Heart English Bible
holding up the word of life; that I may have something to boast in the day of Christ, that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain.

Weymouth New Testament
holding out to them a Message of Life. It will then be my glory on the day of Christ that I did not run my race in vain nor toil in vain.

World English Bible
holding up the word of life; that I may have something to boast in the day of Christ, that I didn't run in vain nor labor in vain.

Young's Literal Translation
the word of life holding forth, for rejoicing to me in regard to a day of Christ, that not in vain did I run, nor in vain did I labour;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Shining as Stars
15so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine as lights in the world 16as you hold forth the word of life, in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.…

Cross References
Isaiah 49:4
But I said, "I have labored in vain, I have spent My strength in futility and vanity; yet My vindication is with the LORD, and My reward is with My God."

1 Corinthians 1:8
He will sustain you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Galatians 2:2
I went in response to a revelation and set before them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. But I spoke privately to those recognized as leaders, for fear that I was running or had already run in vain.

Galatians 4:11
I fear for you, that my efforts for you may have been in vain.

Philippians 1:6
being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:10
so that you may be able to test and prove what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,

Philippians 1:26
so that through my coming to you again your exultation in Christ Jesus will resound on account of me.

1 Thessalonians 3:5
For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith, for fear that the tempter had somehow tempted you and caused our labor to be in vain.


Treasury of Scripture

Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.

Holding.

Philippians 1:27
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

Psalm 40:9
I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.

Psalm 71:17
O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

the word.

John 6:63,68
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life…

Acts 13:26
Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.

2 Timothy 2:15-17
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth…

that I may.

Philippians 1:26
That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.

2 Corinthians 1:14
As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 2:19
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

that I have.

Isaiah 49:4
Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God.

1 Corinthians 9:26
I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

Galatians 2:2
And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.









(16) Holding forth the word of life.--This translation seems correct, and the reference is to the comparison above. There may, indeed, be (as has been supposed) a reference, involving a change of metaphor, to the holding forth of a torch, for guidance, or for transmission, as in the celebrated torch race of ancient times. But this supposed change of metaphor is unnecessary. The "luminaries" hold forth their light to men, and that light is the "word of life." Note the same connection in John 1:4, "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men."

The word of life.--The phrase "the word of life" is remarkable. Here it signifies, of course, the gospel of Christ. But the gradual progress of this expression should be noted. Of Him His disciples declared that He "has the words" (i.e., the expressed words; see Note on Ephesians 6:17) "of eternal life" (John 6:68); He Himself goes further, and declares that His words are themselves spirit and life (John 6:63); here the gospel, as giving that knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ which is "eternal life" (John 17:3), is a "word of life;" and all these lead up to the final declaration that He Himself is "the Word of life" (1John 1:1).

Run in vain, neither laboured in vain.--St. Paul's usual metaphor includes the "race" and the "struggle" of wrestling or boxing (as in 1Corinthians 9:24-26; 2Timothy 4:7). In Galatians 2:2 he speaks only of the "running in vain." Here, perhaps, the more general word "labour" (united in Colossians 1:29 with the word "struggling") may be taken to express at any rate that element of endurance and watchfulness which the struggle in the arena represents.

Verse 16. - Holding forth the word of life. Holding out to others. Meyer translates "possessing," and others, as Bengel, "holding fast. This clause should be taken with the first clause of Ver. 15, "That ye may be blameless," etc., he the words, "among whom," etc.. he being parenthetical. That I may rejoice in the day of Christ; literally, for matter of boasting to me against the day of Christ. He boasts or glories in their salvation. "The day of Christ," says Bishop Lightfoot, "is a phrase peculiar to this Epistle, more commonly it is ' the day of the Lord.'" That I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain; translate, did not. The verbs me aorist. He looks back upon his finished course (comp. Galatians 2:2).

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Greek
as you hold forth
ἐπέχοντες (epechontes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 1907: From epi and echo; to hold upon, i.e. to retain; to detain; to pay attention to.

[the] word
λόγον (logon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3056: From lego; something said; by implication, a topic, also reasoning or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, the Divine Expression.

of life,
ζωῆς (zōēs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 2222: Life, both of physical (present) and of spiritual (particularly future) existence. From zao; life.

in order that
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

I
ἐμοὶ (emoi)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 1st Person Singular
Strong's 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

may boast
καύχημα (kauchēma)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 2745: A boasting; a ground of boasting (glorying, exultation). From kauchaomai; a boast in a good or a bad sense.

on
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

[the] day
ἡμέραν (hēmeran)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 2250: A day, the period from sunrise to sunset.

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.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

I did not run
ἔδραμον (edramon)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 5143: Apparently a primary verb; which uses dremo drem'-o as alternate in certain tenses; to run or walk hastily.

[or]
οὐδὲ (oude)
Conjunction
Strong's 3761: Neither, nor, not even, and not. From ou and de; not however, i.e. Neither, nor, not even.

labor
ἐκοπίασα (ekopiasa)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 2872: From a derivative of kopos; to feel fatigue; by implication, to work hard.

in
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

vain.
κενὸν (kenon)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 2756: Apparently a primary word; empty.


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