Philippians 3:13

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Brethren, I count not my selfe to haue apprehended: but this one thing I doe, forgetting those things which are behinde, and reaching forth vnto those things which are before,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of {it} yet; but one thing {I do:} forgetting what {lies} behind and reaching forward to what {lies} ahead,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Brethren, I could not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing `I do', forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before,
- American Standard Version (1901)

Brothers, it is clear to me that I have not come to that knowledge; but one thing I do, letting go those things which are past, and stretching out to the things which are before,
- Basic English Bible

Brethren, *I* do not count to have got possession myself; but one thing -- forgetting the things behind, and stretching out to the things before,
- Darby Bible

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forward to those things which are before,
- Webster's Bible

Brethren, I do not imagine that I have yet laid hold of it. But this one thing I do--forgetting everything which is past and stretching forward to what lies in front of me,
- Weymouth Bible

Brothers, I don't regard myself as yet having taken hold, but one thing I do. Forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before,
- World English Bible

Bretheren, Y deme me not that Y haue comprehendid; but o thing, Y foryete tho thingis that ben bihyndis, and stretche forth my silf to tho thingis that ben bifore,
- Wycliffe Bible

brethren, I do not reckon myself to have laid hold; and one thing -- the things behind indeed forgetting, and to the things before stretching forth --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philippians 3:13


3:13 I do not account myself to have apprehended this already; to be already possessed of perfect holiness.


People's Bible Notes for Philippians 3:13


Php 3:13 I count not myself to have apprehended. The prize is yet before. Constant effort is still required. This one thing [I do]. His whole life is given to one purpose. Forgetting those things which are behind. Especially the things which he once counted gain (Php 3:7), and even all the hardships and sufferings of the apostolic lot. And reaching forth unto those things which are before. The image is of one so eager for what is before him that hands and body are stretched to lay hold of it.

Discussion for Philippians 3

  • Crystal l spencer
    Phillipian Chapter 3 is a great chapter because i am pressing forth to forget past distasteful accomplishments, which is for my own glory, and i am learning to lose my fleshly desirers for the will of Gods purpose in my life, that He may be glorified. Amen.
  • Jim
    It is funny sometimes how the Lord will teach you. I used to read straight through verse 1 and miss the deeper meaning. It means much more in this chapter than it does standing alone. Paul was emphasizing how it is so important to rejoice in Christ alone and not in our "achievements, accomplishments etc".
  • Juliette Rene
    I have the habit of reading my Bible on a daily basis. last week after coming from overnight shift around 7:30am. After reading the Bible, I lay down before going to my other job. I heard a voice within me that said go and read Philippians chapter 3. Read it because this is your prescription,this is your medications take it. Eventhough I was really tired,I opened the Bible to Philippians 3
  • BSP
    We must continue stretching forward to the things ahead in order to continue to make progress as verse 13 shows.
  • Patricia
    All my worldly achievements and praise I lay aside and count them as nothing (dung). I now press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling which is in Christ Jesus. This is often the trying of my faith because flesh feeds from such. Lord help me grasp knowledge of Christ that I may truly know Him in the power of his resurrection as I mature on this journey.
  • La inf
    To God I give all the honour and all the glory. The Lord is real and is alive!!! I Love the Lord. He lets me know that he reigns !

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