Philippians 2:7

“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But made himselfe of no reputation, and tooke vpon him the forme of a seruant, and was made in the likenesse of men.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, {and} being made in the likeness of men.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men;
- American Standard Version (1901)

But he made himself as nothing, taking the form of a servant, being made like men;
- Basic English Bible

but emptied himself, taking a bondman's form, taking his place in [the] likeness of men;
- Darby Bible

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
- Webster's Bible

Nay, He stripped Himself of His glory, and took on Him the nature of a bondservant by becoming a man like other men.
- Weymouth Bible

but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men.
- World English Bible

but he lowide hym silf, takinge the forme of a seruaunt, and was maad in to the licknesse of men, and in abite was foundun as a man.
- Wycliffe Bible

but did empty himself, the form of a servant having taken, in the likeness of men having been made,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Philippians 2:7

2:7 Yet - He was so far from tenaciously insisting upon, that he willingly relinquished, his claim. He was content to forego the glories of the Creator, and to appear in the form of a creature; nay, to he made in the likeness of the fallen creatures; and not only to share the disgrace, but to suffer the punishment, due to the meanest and vilest among them all. He emptied himself - Of that divine fulness, which he received again at his exaltation. Though he remained full, #John 1:14|, yet he appeared as if he had been empty; for he veiled his fulness from the sight of men and angels. Yea, he not only veiled, but, in some sense, renounced, the glory which he had before the world began. Taking - And by that very act emptying himself. The form of a servant - The form, the likeness, the fashion, though not exactly the same, are yet nearly related to each other. The form expresses something absolute; the likeness refers to other things of the same kind; the fashion respects what appears to sight and sense. Being made in the likeness of men - A real man, like other men. Hereby he took the form of a servant.

People's Bible Notes for Philippians 2:7

Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation. "Emptied himself" (Revised Version). Of the divine form and glory, and took the form of a servant, of our own race, a race whose duty it is to serve God. The divine glory was exchanged for human lowliness.

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.
  • 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.

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