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

  • 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
  • A disciple
    Hello Ray; It doesn't say anywhere, that Paul couldn't heal his friend, and certainly not that the Holy Spirit in him was "fading" or he couldn't speak in tongues any more. Epaphroditus was exhausted from working himself out! By answer to PRAYERS God raised him back up, and he recovered health. There's too many that don't carry their weight in the Lord's work! So others have unfairly heavy loads.
  • Ray321
    Now Apostle Paul couldn't heal with the gift of the Holy Ghost because Epaphroditus was very sick to death. Paul had the Holy Spirit inside him, but the gift of Holy Ghost must of faded away. Epaphroditus may have died with out getting heal. Food for thought and very interesting to know why Paul couldn't heal or speak in tongues later in his ministry. His epistles speak for its self.
  • Steve morrow
    PHILIPPIANS 2:14 DO ALL THINGS WITHOUT MURMURINGS AND DISPUTINGS -- 2:15 -- THAT YOU MAY BE BLAMELESS AND HARMLESS THE SONS OF GOD WITHOUT REBUKE IN THE MIDST OF A CROOKED AND PERVERSE NATION AMONG WHOM YOU SHINE AS LIGHTS --- HEBREWS 12:14 FOLLOW PEACE WITH ALL MEN AND HOLINESS WITHOUT WHICH --- NO MAN --- SHALL SEE THE LORD
  • BSP
    In verse 27, Epaphroditus was sick to the point of death. Even though he was severely sick, he did what he could to help others.

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