PHILIPPIANS 2:12

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“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.”

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Philippians 2:12 Translation & Meaning

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Wherefore, Ὥστε So too, i.e., thus therefore (in various relations of consecution, as follow) Wherefore
my μου Of me my
beloved, ἀγαπητοί Beloved beloved
as καθὼς Just (or inasmuch) as, that as
ye have ὑπηκούσατε To hear under (as a subordinate), i.e., to listen attentively; by implication, to heed or conform to a command or authority ye have
always πάντοτε Every when, i.e., at all times always
obeyed, ὑπηκούσατε To hear under (as a subordinate), i.e., to listen attentively; by implication, to heed or conform to a command or authority obeyed
not μὴ (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether not
as ὡς Which how, i.e., in that manner (very variously used, as follows) as
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
my μου Of me my
presence παρουσίᾳ A being near, i.e., advent (often, return; specially, of Christ to punish Jerusalem, or finally the wicked); (by implication) physically, aspect presence
only, μόνον Merely only
but ἀλλὰ Properly, other things, i.e., (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations) but
now νῦν "now" (as adverb of date, a transition or emphasis); also as noun or adjective present or immediate now
much πολλῷ (singular) much (in any respect) or (plural) many; neuter (singular) as adverbial, largely; neuter (plural) as adverb or noun often, mostly, largely much
more μᾶλλον (adverbially) more (in a greater degree)) or rather more
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
my μου Of me my
absence, ἀπουσίᾳ A being away absence
work out κατεργάζεσθε· To work fully, i.e., accomplish; by implication, to finish, fashion work out
your own ἑαυτῶν (him- her-, it-, them-, my-, thy-, our-, your-)self (selves), etc own
salvation σωτηρίαν Rescue or safety (physically or morally) salvation
with μετὰ Properly, denoting accompaniment; "amid" (local or causal); modified variously according to the case (genitive association, or accusative succession) with which it is joined; occupying an intermediate position between G0575 or G1537 and G1519 or G4314; less intimate than G1722 and less close than G4862) with
fear φόβου Alarm or fright fear
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
trembling. τρόμου A "trembling", i.e., quaking with fear trembling

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  • 10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

  • 11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

  • 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.

  • 13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

  • 14  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:




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