Philippians 1:23

“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 (KJV)

Other Translations

For I am in a strait betwixt two, hauing a desire to depart, & to bee with Christ, which is farre better.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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

  • BSP
    Verse 10~We live in a world full of distractions and we must make sure of important things and make sure that we prioritize spiritual things and things that will be of lasting value.
  • Al
    The verse where it says that to live is serving following loving Christ
  • Mark R
    I believe the Apostle Paul is telling his readers to never retire in the faith. Always preach the Gospel in some sort of way that reflects the love of Jesus Christ. We as Christians should never put down our tools of faith that God has given to us. We should remain focus on the call that God has ordained us to have. The easy chair and house coat Christian need not apply in this letter!
  • Edna
    Phil 1/27 Walk eworthly of the gospel of Christ,there is no peace without Grace.also unity in the spirit in Love Be of good courage we will be afflicted but Jesus never leaves us Always remembering all things works together for our good according to Our Lord. My Brothers and sister in Christ let live it talk the walk and prise Lord Savoir and King of Kings
  • Ray321
    Philippians 1:17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel. Apostle Paul will defend his gospel that Jesus reveal to him.
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 6:27 LABOR NOT FOR THAT MEAT WHICH PERISHETH BUT FOR THAT MEAT WHICH ENDURETH UNTO EVERLASTING LIFE WHICH THE SON OF MAN SHALL GIVE UNTO YOU FOR HIM HATH GOD THE FATHER SEALED 2 TIMOTHY 2:19 NEVERTHELESS THE FOUNDATION OF GOD STANDETH SURE HAVING THIS SEAL THE LORD KNOWETH THEM THAT ARE HIS AND LET EVERYONE THAT NAMETH THE NAME OF CHRIST DEPART FROM INIQUITY

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