Philippians 2:12

“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wherefore, my beloued, as yee haue alwayes obeyed, not as in my presence onely, but now much more in my absence; worke out your owne saluation with feare, and trembling.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

So then, my beloved, even as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
- American Standard Version (1901)

So then, my loved ones, as you have at all times done what I say, not only when I am present, but now much more when I am not with you, give yourselves to working out your salvation with fear in your hearts;
- Basic English Bible

So that, my beloved, even as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much rather in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,
- Darby Bible

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
- Webster's Bible

Therefore, my dearly-loved friends, as I have always found you obedient, labour earnestly with fear and trembling--not merely as though I were present with you, but much more now since I am absent from you--labour earnestly, I say, to make sure of your own salvation.
- Weymouth Bible

So then, my beloved, even as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
- World English Bible

Therfor, my most dereworthe britheren, as euere more ye han obeischid, not in my presence onely, but myche more now in myn absence, worche ye with drede and trembling youre heelthe.
- Wycliffe Bible

So that, my beloved, as ye always obey, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, with fear and trembling your own salvation work out,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philippians 2:12


2:12 Wherefore - Having proposed Christ's example, he exhorts them to secure the salvation which Christ has purchased. As ye have always - Hitherto. Obeyed - Both God, and me his minister. Now in my absence - When ye have not me to instruct, assist, and direct you. Work out your own salvation - Herein let every man aim at his own things. With fear and trembling - With the utmost care and diligence.


People's Bible Notes for Philippians 2:12


Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved. From the contemplation of Christ's glory, the apostle turns to the lessons needed by the Philippian church. Work out your own salvation. While Christ is our Savior, and the author of our salvation, we must accept him and work together with him. Hence the Holy Spirit says, "Save yourselves" (Ac 2:40) and "work out your own salvation". Unless we do our part Christ cannot save us. With fear and trembling. With constant anxiety not to fail.

Discussion for Philippians 2

  • Kibi
    We are the light of this world if we have Christ in us and if we humble ourselves we shall be exalted amongst our equals as Christ was and now is seated at the right hand of the Father
  • Joey Brown
    You continue with good you'll be blessed
  • Lopez garvin
    We have to strive for the mind of Jesus Christ this will not be easy. The carnal man is always trying to pull us down but with the Holy Spirit we can overcome the the fleshly thoughts that is in direct opposition to the will of Jesus Christ.
  • Ronnie Bray for verse 6
    The Gospel according to John takes great pains to record the words of Jesus telling his disciples and other hearers that not only was he not God, but also that he was dependent on God, and was doing the will of the Father and not acting according to his own will. See Jn 17 . Philippians 2:6 is a difficult passage and exegetes keep to both sides of the argument. The passage is referred to as the 'kenotic' passage, meaning that Jesus in human form emptied himself or divested himself of his glory, the glory he had with the father prior to his birth as Mary's child. We read in the New testament that after Jesus sacrificed himself on the cross, he was raised incorruptible, meaning that he would never die again. It was no mere phantom that appeared to the eleven apostles and let then feel his wounds and ate with then, "Handle me and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see me have." This appearance and the resurrected Liord's interaction with his apostles is proof to them and proof to us today that the resurrection was a real physical event and that the body with which Jesus was raised could never die again, so he still has it to this very day and eternally, and when we see him we also shall be clothed in the body we had as mortals and that body of flesh and bones will be incorruptible. What a glorious future in eternity for those that Know God and love him and his Son our Saviour, for we shall be, as Paul said, 'joint heirs with Christ.'
  • John madden for verse 12
    Seek the lord while he can be found its him who works within .to work out our salvation only we can seek god for our own salvation no one else can do it for us not the church not the preacher.but you work it out live it.for itis him who lives in us to accomplish and make our callingand election for certain.live it express it our great salvation
  • Katherine leeks for verse 5
    TO HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST IS TO SUBMITT TO THE WILL OF CHRIST AND HIS WORD DENYING YOURSELF PICKING UP YOUR CROSS AND FOLLOWING HIM TO THE FULLNESS.

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