Philippians

1611 King James Version (KJV)

Philippians 1:23

“For I am in a strait betwixt two, hauing a desire to depart, & to bee with Christ, which is farre better.”

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Other Translations

For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
- King James Version

But I am hard-pressed from both {directions,} having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for {that} is very much better;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But I am in a strait betwixt the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ; for it is very far better:
- American Standard Version (1901)

I am in a hard position between the two, having a desire to go away and be with Christ, which is very much better:
- Basic English Bible

But I am pressed by both, having the desire for departure and being with Christ, [for] [it is] very much better,
- Darby Bible

For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
- Webster's Bible

I am in a dilemma, my earnest desire being to depart and be with Christ, for that is far, far better.
- Weymouth Bible

But I am in a dilemma between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
- World English Bible

But Y am constreyned of twei thingis, Y haue desire to be dissolued, and to be with Crist, it is myche more betere; but to dwelle in fleisch,
- Wycliffe Bible

for I am pressed by the two, having the desire to depart, and to be with Christ, for it is far better,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philippians 1:23


1:23 To depart - Out of bonds, flesh, the world. And to be with Christ - In a nearer and fuller union. It is better to depart; it is far better to be with Christ.


People's Bible Notes for Philippians 1:23


Php 1:23 Having a desire to depart. His feelings would lead him to choose to depart from the flesh. See Php 1:24. And to be with Christ. Note that with Paul to depart from the "flesh", the body, is followed by going immediately to Christ.

Discussion for Philippians 1

  • Dianne
    I certainly am blessed by the whole chapter, especially by verse 6!! Apostle Paul is my favorite writer and apostle in the Bible!! Thanks GOD BLESS!!!
  • I, even I, am that Michael Isaac Dale:
    Concerning this Sabbath: shall the woman, the fatherless and the widow be condemned for their work if GOD giveth their sleep? Nay. For GOD gave nor sent his Son to condemn the world but to save the world: in which, as in the days of Noah, the like figure of eight souls remain. Therefore to him that knows to do good, and does IT not, to him it is sin. For the Son of man IS Lord even of the Sabbath.
  • Glenn
    I am looking for the verse that says rejoicing in the lord defeats Satan.
  • Adam
    Philippians is my favorite book of the Bible. Dense with spiritual nourishment.
  • Vanessa
    Walk in Christ be bold for the word and never be ashamed for it. If we speak the gospel in truth not make anything up , most suffer for it even today we are called crazy. I feel sorry for them, they are going to miss the joy of meeting our creator. This is the oldest written history and yet they wont teach it or read it God bless them and God Bless you all, walk in faith, trust in God always
  • Shajin Hashemi
    I know why I suffer now. I agree. Suffer for the Lord!!!

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