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Philippians 2:23-24 Commentary

Philippians 2:23  Therefore I hope  (1SPAIto send  (AANhim immediately, as soon as I see (1SAAS) how things go with me; (NASB: Lockman)

Greek: touton men oun elpizo (1SPAI) pempsai (AAN) os an aphido (1SAAS) ta peri eme exautes
Amplified:  I hope therefore to send him promptly, just as soon as I know how my case is going to turn out.
(Amplified Bible - Lockman)
Barclay: So then, I hope to send him, as soon as I see how things go with me. (
Westminster Press)
KJV: Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me.
Lightfoot: Him therefore I hope to send without delay, when I see what turn my affairs will take.
NLT: I hope to send him to you just as soon as I find out what is going to happen to me here. (
NLT - Tyndale House)
Phillips: I hope to send him to you as soon as I can tell how things will work out for me (
Phillips: Touchstone)
Wuest: This very one therefore I am hoping to send as soon as, having turned my attention from other things and having concentrated it upon my own circumstances, I shall have ascertained my position. (
Eerdmans
Young's Literal: him, indeed, therefore, I hope to send, when I may see through the things concerning me -- immediately;

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Therefore I hope to send him immediately as soon as I see how things go with me: touton men oun elpizo (1SPAI) pempsai (AAN) os an aphido (1SAAS) ta peri eme exautes: (1Sa 22:3)

I hope (1679) (elpizo) speaks of Paul's  confidence or assurance in the possibility that what he will be able to send Timothy.

Him (5126) (touton) means of these persons. Note that touton is placed first in the Greek sentence for emphasis. It is this one, Timothy himself. It is important to note that Paul was willing to give his best to these believers.

Send (3992) (pempo) means to dispatch as one would messengers, agents, or ambassadors.

I see (872) (aphorao from apó = away from or intensifier + horao = to look) means to look away steadfastly or intently from one thing toward another distant object. It means to see to an end or perceive clearly.

Wuest translates "see" as "having turned my attention from other things and having concentrated it upon my own circumstances" and comments that apeido

"speaks here of the act of turning one’s attention from other things and concentrating them upon one’s own situation. Paul was so forgetful of self, yes, so dead to self, so engrossed in the welfare of others, that, even though he was a prisoner, and was facing martyrdom, yet he had not taken thought of his own welfare. He voices the hope that he will be able to send Timothy soon. But his sending Timothy is dependent upon his own circumstances which may or may not hinder." (Wuest, K. S. Wuest's Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: Studies in the Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament: Grand Rapids: Eerdmans)

 

Philippians 2:24 and I trust (1SRAI) in the Lord that I myself also will be coming (1SFMI) shortly (NASB: Lockman)

Greek: pepoitha (1SRAI) de en kurio hoti kai autos tacheos eleusomai. (1SFMI)
Amplified: And I have confidence from the Lord that I myself will come to see you soon.
(Amplified Bible - Lockman)
Barclay: But I am confident in the Lord that I myself too will soon come to you. (
Westminster Press)
Lightfoot: At the same time I trust in the Lord, that I shall visit you before long in person.
KJV: But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly.
NIV: And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.  (
NIV - IBS)
NLT: And I have confidence from the Lord that I myself will come to see you soon. (
NLT - Tyndale House)
Phillips: but God gives me some hope that it will not be long before I am able to come myself as well. (
Phillips: Touchstone)
Wuest: But I have come to a settled conviction, which conviction is in the Lord, that I also myself shall come shortly. (
Eerdmans
Weymouth:  but trusting, as I do, in the Lord, I believe that I shall myself also come to you before long.

Young's Literal: and I trust in the Lord that I myself also shall quickly come.

AND I TRUST IN THE LORD THAT I MYSELF ALSO WILL BE COMING SHORTLY: pepoitha (1SRAI) de en kurio hoti kai autos tacheos eleusomai. (1SFMI) : (Phil 2:19; 1:25,26; Ro 15:28,29; Phile 1:22; 2Jn 12; 3Jn 14)

I trust (3982) (peitho) means to cause to come to a particular point of view or course of action. The idea is to come to a settled persuasion concerning something or to be persuaded. It means to be so convinced that one puts confidence in something or someone. 

 

Peitho is in the perfect tense which indicates that Paul had come to a "settled persuasion." at some point in time and that this persuasion had a permanent effect or impact on him. Peitho is a strong verb, carrying the components of confidence, reliance, and hope.

 

Paul was willing to place himself in the hands of God. Whatever the will of God, he would go with that. If God releases him from prison he will go to Philippi to resolve the church conflict. If God decided to keep him in prison, he would send Timothy to Philippi. Paul operated on the principle "if the Lord wills." Paul's security was independent of circumstances and rested completely on God's will.

 

The significant phrase “in the Lord” is used by Paul 9 times in Philippians (Phil 1:14; 2:19, 2:24, 2:29, 3:1, 4:1, 4:2, 4:4, 4:10 see notes Phil 1:14; 2:19, 24, 29 3:1, 4:1, 4:2, 4:4, 10)

 

Dwight Edwards comments that...

 

Not only is Paul expecting to send Timothy, but he is also confident that he will come quickly himself. Again we see his trust or confidence is not in the Roman system of justice, but in the Lord. Since the Lord wanted him free, no system or government could keep him in bondage.  (Philippians)

 

Regarding in the Lord A T Robertson adds that this is

 

not a perfunctory use of this phrase. Paul’s whole life is centered in Christ (see note Galatians 2:20). 

 

Some commentaries feel that this phrase ("in the Lord") may be rendered “if the Lord wills” as in (Acts 18:21; 1Cor 4:19; Ja 4:15 see note Hebrews 6:3)

 

Others feel that "in the Lord" may suggest the agency of the confidence, for example, “the Lord has given me confidence that”. Interpreting the phrase in this manner, it is clear that the ground of Paul's confidence, hope and settled persuasion is in the sphere of the Lord. The idea is that it is only in the Lord that the apostle can look ahead with confidence, and with this confidence he says I myself will be able to come to you soon.

 

In either case, it is clear that every mood of Paul’s life is regulated by his submission to the will of His Lord. He was so "in synch" and in covenant oneness with his Lord and Master that all of his plans were conditioned by this intimate relationship.

 

Wiersbe comments on this Pauline mindset manifest by servant's heart and a

 

"submissive mind is not the product of an hour’s sermon, or a week’s seminar, or even a year’s service. The submissive mind grows in us as... we yield to the Lord and seek to serve others." (Wiersbe, W: Bible Exposition Commentary. 1989. Victor)

 

APPLICATION: All the acts, thoughts, and attitudes of Christians should spring from the fact that they are "in the Lord" and are prompted by the Spirit. Everything we do should be consistent with, and submitted to, the Lord's will.

 

Is your attitude and approach to all of life and ministry
dependent upon and directed by the phrase "in the Lord"?

 

Paul’s will and work are wholly dominated by the Lord whom he serves and as He wrote the Corinthians

 

"I do not wish to see you now just in passing; for I hope to remain with you for some time, if the Lord permits" (1Cor 16:7)

 

This verse emphasizes that all of Paul's hopes and plans are a result of his being in communion with his Lord.

 

J Vernon McGee asks the question you may be asking

 

Shouldn’t we have plans? By all means we should make plans, but those plans always should be amenable to the will of God. We should be willing to change them. We should be willing to shuffle things around. When Paul went out, he did not have a rigid schedule for his missionary journeys. He went as the Lord led him. We see in the Book of Acts how the Lord just practically detoured him on the second missionary journey. Paul was going down into Asia; the Spirit of God sent him over to Europe. He didn’t know he was going to Europe—he didn’t have a visa for Europe—but in that day he didn’t need a visa. He went where the Holy Spirit led him." May his tribe increase! (McGee, J V: Thru the Bible Commentary:  Nashville: Thomas Nelson)

 

Wiersbe cautions that

 

There are two extremes we must avoid in this important matter of seeking God’s will. One is to be so frightened at making a mistake that we make no decisions at all. The other is to make impulsive decisions and rush ahead, without taking time to wait on the Lord. After we have done all we can to determine the leading of the Lord, we must decide and act, and leave the rest to the Lord. If we are in some way out of His will, He will so work that we will finally have His guidance. The important thing is that we sincerely want to do His will (John 7:17). After all, He guides us “for His name’s sake” (Ps 23:3), and it is His reputation that is at stake. (Wiersbe, W: Bible Exposition Commentary. 1989. Victor)

 

This truth finds a parallel in Jesus' declaration:

 

I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do (absolutely) nothing. (Jn 15:5)

 

Coming (2064) (erchomai) means to come or go, to fall out.

 

Shortly (5030) (tacheos from tachús = prompt, swift) means quickly, speedily and is equivalent to soon, shortly, quickly, hastily. Tacheos can refer to a very brief extent of time with a focus on the speed of the action. In the present context tacheos  refers to a future point of time that is subsequent to another point of time, with focus on brevity of interval rather than on speed of activity

 

Paul believed that he would receive his freedom and would be able to return to Philippi fairly soon. Earlier he wrote

 

And convinced of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith (see note Philippians 1:25)

 

He hopes that his appeal will be successful, and that he will be set free so that he might visit the Philippians once more.

 

John MacArthur adds that Paul

 

He did not minimize the value he could be to the church at Philippi by ministering to them in person. Whether or not he did, however, it is clear that he had the utmost confidence in Timothy. (MacArthur, J. Philippians. Chicago: Moody Press)

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