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

  • Janet
    Ray, The near death of Paul's friend in this chapter verse 30 should be a lesson that even in the vineyard of working for God, we need to find time to rest. Even God rested on the 7th day. He is a God of principle. If we go against his principle of rest we shall fall sick and die. Don't take his mercy for granted. Not all will be fortunate like Paul friend in this chapter.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Jesus, I adore you. Wherefore God has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  • BSP
    Verse 3: We are urged to consider others superior to ourselves and this will help us to develop humility. We should strive to find the good in everyone.
  • Allisonjohnson
    I'm in love with this on chapter it's so amazing and it teaches me so much I have been wondering and God finally spoke to me I was happy that he taught me a lesson every since my mother has died I have lost my mind but someone spoke to me in a stern voice and said Allison you have won the victory in me i love my Jesus.
  • Ray321
    Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. The fruits of the Spirit is good and healthy . Let's not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn.
  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 2:9 HE THAT SAITH HE IS IN THE LIGHT AND HATETH HIS BROTHER IS IN DARKNESS EVEN UNTO NOW --2:10-- HE THAT LOVETH HIS BROTHER ABIDETH IN THE LIGHT AND THERE IS --- NONE OCCASSION --- OF STUMBLING IN HIM PSALM 119:130 THE ENTRANCE OF THY WORDS GIVETH LIGHT IT GIVETH UNDERSTANDING UNTO THE SIMPLE JOHN 14:15 --IF-- YOU LOVE ME KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS

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