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Rejoice, Be Gentle, Pray, and Practice
Philippians 4:4-9
Rejoice always, be gentle with everyone, pray your anxieties, and practice what you have learned.
Published December 23rd, 2016
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Rejoice always, be gentle with everyone, pray your anxieties, and practice what you have learned.
Philippians 4:4-9
p Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
Χαίρετε ἐν κυρίῳ πάντοτε• πάλιν ἐρῶ, χαίρετε.
Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.
τὸ ἐπιεικὲς ὑμῶν γνωσθήτω πᾶσιν ἀνθρώποις.
q The Lord is at hand;
ὁ κύριος ἐγγύς.
r do not be anxious about anything,
μηδὲν μεριμνᾶτε,
s but in everything by prayer and supplication t with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
ἀλλʼ ἐν παντὶ τῇ προσευχῇ καὶ τῇ δεήσει μετὰ εὐχαριστίας τὰ αἰτήματα ὑμῶν γνωριζέσθω πρὸς τὸν θεόν.
And u the peace of God, v which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
καὶ ἡ εἰρήνη τοῦ θεοῦ ἡ ὑπερέχουσα πάντα νοῦν φρουρήσει τὰς καρδίας ὑμῶν καὶ τὰ νοήματα ὑμῶν ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,
Τὸ λοιπόν, ἀδελφοί, ὅσα ἐστὶν ἀληθῆ, ὅσα σεμνά, ὅσα δίκαια, ὅσα ἁγνά, ὅσα προσφιλῆ, ὅσα εὔφημα, εἴ τις ἀρετὴ καὶ εἴ τις ἔπαινος,
think about these things.
ταῦτα λογίζεσθε•
What you have learned and w received and heard and seen x in me—practice these things,
ἃ καὶ ἐμάθετε καὶ παρελάβετε καὶ ἠκούσατε καὶ εἴδετε ἐν ἐμοί, ταῦτα πράσσετε•
and y the God of peace will be with you.
καὶ ὁ θεὸς τῆς εἰρήνης ἔσται μεθʼ ὑμῶν.
Paul begins to conclude this letter with some exhortations and instructions. The exhortations can be listed as follows: Rejoice in the Lord (verse 4) Be gentle/reasonable to everyone (verse 5) Do not be anxious but pray (verse 6–7) Think and practice the good things from Paul (verses 8–9) Paul again commands the Philippians to rejoice in the Lord. Paul then commands them to be gentle/reasonable with everyone because the Lord is near (present with them). This reasonableness/gentleness is what Paul wants Euodia and Syntyche to have. Paul also gives some practical instructions for how we are to fight anxiety. He concludes this section with a plea for the Philippians to learn from his teaching and example. They are to think and practice what they have learned. And if they do, then the God of peace will be with them.
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