Philippians 2:6

“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Who being in the forme of God, thought it not robbery to bee equall with God:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped,
- American Standard Version (1901)

To whom, though himself in the form of God, it did not seem that to take for oneself was to be like God;
- Basic English Bible

who, subsisting in the form of God, did not esteem it an object of rapine to be on an equality with God;
- Darby Bible

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
- Webster's Bible

Although from the beginning He had the nature of God He did not reckon His equality with God a treasure to be tightly grasped.
- Weymouth Bible

who, existing in the form of God, didn't consider equality with God a thing to be grasped,
- World English Bible

that whanne he was in the forme of God, demyde not raueyn, that hym silf were euene to God;
- Wycliffe Bible

who, being in the form of God, thought [it] not robbery to be equal to God,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philippians 2:6


2:6 Who being in the essential form - The incommunicable nature. Of God - From eternity, as he was afterward in the form of man; real God, as real man. Counted it no act of robbery - That is the precise meaning of the words, - no invasion of another's prerogative, but his own strict and unquestionable right. To be equal with God - the word here translated equal, occurs in the adjective form five or six times in the New Testament, #Mt 20:12|; Lu 6:34; Joh 5:18; Ac 11:17; Re 21:16. In all which places it expresses not a bare resemblance, but a real and proper equalitg. It here implies both the fulness and the supreme height of the Godhead; to which are opposed, he emptied and he humbled himself.


People's Bible Notes for Philippians 2:6


Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God. He refers to the state of our Savior before he took human form. His form was divine. "He had a glory with the father before the world was" (Joh 17:5). See Joh 1:1 2Co 4:4 Heb 1:3, etc. Thought it not robbery to be equal with God. The Revised Version says, "Counted it not a prize". The meaning is not entirely clear, but probably is that "Having a form of glory like God, he did not count it a prize which must be clung to tenaciously, especially when he appeared upon the earth, that he should be equal with God, that is, appear in a divine form, but was willing to lay aside his glory and make himself a servant".

Discussion for Philippians 2:6

  • StevenB for verse 6
    IF anyone can answer this statement by Jesus? READ Matthew 24:36 Mt 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. So Jesus was speaking of the "end " to answer His disciples, that not even He knew when the end was, only the Father in heaven. Please do research for yourself and do not be led astray as Jesus warned many would be. Jesus, a God, NEVER assumed he was equal to His Father, the Almighty God, Creator of the Universe and everything in it.
  • 'Who being in the form of God '- "In the beginning was the word, the word was with God and the word was God.All things were made through him, and without HIM, nothing was made that was made " John1:1-3.... Jesus was in the same spirit form as God HIMSELF, He is the Son of God. He was not an afterthought of creation. The difference here is that Satan was also in spirit form, but he wanted to be like God. In fact, he aspired, and thought with pride in his heart that he could be God. "No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. " John1:18 "Thought it not robbery to be equal with God " "You heard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming back to you. ' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. John14:28 But Jesus, in that form of God, never thought he was being reduced to nothing,when he took the form of man. there was no pride, no injustice, rather a calm acceptance of what God, His father, wanted him to do on earth. And when He was done, He asked His father to glorify him. "I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. "Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was " John17:4-5
  • 'Who being in the form of God '- "In the beginning was the word, the word was with God and the word was God.All things were made through him, and without HIM, nothing was made that was made " John1:1-3.... Jesus was in the same spirit form as God HIMSELF, He is the Son of God. He was not an afterthought of creation. The difference here is that Satan was also in spirit form, but he wanted to be like God. In fact, he aspired, and thought with pride in his heart that he could be God. "No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. " John1:18 "Thought it not robbery to be equal with God " "You heard me say, 'I am going away and I am coming back to you. ' If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. John14:28 But Jesus, in that form of God, never thought he was being reduced to nothing,when he took the form of man. there was no pride, no injustice, rather a calm acceptance of what God, His father, wanted him to do on earth. And when He was done, He asked His father to glorify him. "I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. "Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was " John17:4-5
  • Greg croft for verse 6
    My thoughts on this verse are that it speaks literally to the fact that one of the Sons of God would be none other than a God, scripture speaks a lot of this. In the book if Revelation Jesus says God, even my God shall give you a new name. The sad fact is that as Christians today our education today is often what we here on Sunday expounded from the pulpit and we never bother to read for ourselves, how many everyday Christians read scripture faithfully and actually seek Gods wisdom, study to show thy self an approved workman rightly dividing the word of God. People want to make everything about their beliefs on the trinity, and unless you have truly studied and know when and how it started and what is scriptural and what is just man professing to be God you should be very careful and guard and protect yourself. No man has seen the face of God save Him that came from the Fathers Bosoom who thought it not robbery to be equal to God.
  • Trinitarian Alert Look at all the explanation of this verse. Not one of them addresses what Gods form was. God has always been spirit. This was written after Jesus ascended to heaven. So Jesus who now is in Gods form, spirit, thought it robbery to be equal to God, not. RemembeR this is the old English
  • David S for verse 6
    Jesus said all that I do I have been taught of by my father therefore they were equal in all ways known to mankind I and the father are one if you have seen me you have seen the father

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