5 Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, 2
8 he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. 6
9 Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name 7 that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, 8 of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, 9 to the glory of God the Father.
13 For God is the one who, for his good purpose, works in you both to desire and to work.
15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, 13 among whom you shine like lights in the world,
17 But, even if I am poured out as a libation 14 upon the sacrificial service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with all of you.
24 but I am confident in the Lord that I myself will also come soon. 17
1 [1-11] The admonition to likemindedness and unity (Philippians 2:2-5) is based on the believers' threefold experience with Christ, God's love, and the Spirit. The appeal to humility (Philippians 2:3) and to obedience (Philippians 2:12) is rooted in christology, specifically in a statement about Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:6-11) and his humbling of self and obedience to the point of death (Philippians 2:8).
2  Have . . . the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus: or, "that also Christ Jesus had." While it is often held that Christ here functions as a model for moral imitation, it is not the historical Jesus but the entire Christ event that Philippians 2:6-11 depict. Therefore, the appeal is to have in relations among yourselves that same relationship you have in Jesus Christ, i.e., serving one another as you serve Christ (Philippians 2:4).
3 [6-11] Perhaps an early Christian hymn quoted here by Paul. The short rhythmic lines fall into two parts, Philippians 2:6-8 where the subject of every verb is Christ, and Philippians 2:9-11 where the subject is God. The general pattern is thus of Christ's humiliation and then exaltation. More precise analyses propose a division into six three-line stanzas (Philippians 2:6, 7abc, 7d-8, 9, 10, 11) or into three stanzas (Philippians 2:6-7ab, 7cd-8, 9-11). Phrases such as even death on a cross (Philippians 2:8c) are considered by some to be additions (by Paul) to the hymn, as are Philippians 2:10c, 11c.
4  Either a reference to Christ's preexistence and those aspects of divinity that he was willing to give up in order to serve in human form, or to what the man Jesus refused to grasp at to attain divinity. Many see an allusion to the Genesis story: unlike Adam, Jesus, though . . . in the form of God (Genesis 1:26-27), did not reach out for equality with God, in contrast with the first Adam in Genesis 3:5-6.
5  Taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness: or ". . . taking the form of a slave. Coming in human likeness, and found human in appearance." While it is common to take Philippians 2:6, 7 as dealing with Christ's preexistence and Philippians 2:8 with his incarnate life, so that lines Philippians 2:7b, 7c are parallel, it is also possible to interpret so as to exclude any reference to preexistence (see the note on Philippians 2:6) and to take Philippians 2:6-8 as presenting two parallel stanzas about Jesus' human state (Philippians 2:6-7b; 7cd-8); in the latter alternative, coming in human likeness begins the second stanza and parallels 6a to some extent.
8 [10-11] Every knee should bend . . . every tongue confess: into this language of Isaiah 45:23 there has been inserted a reference to the three levels in the universe, according to ancient thought, heaven, earth, under the earth.
9  Jesus Christ is Lord: a common early Christian acclamation; cf 1 Cor 12:3; Romans 10:9. But doxology to God the Father is not overlooked here (Philippians 2:11c) in the final version of the hymn.
13 [15-16] Generation . . . as you hold on to . . . : or ". . . generation. Among them shine like lights in the world because you hold the word of life. . . ."
14  Libation: in ancient religious ritual, the pouring out on the ground of a liquid offering as a sacrifice. Paul means that he may be facing death.
18  Epaphroditus: sent by the Philippians as their messenger (literally, "apostle") to aid Paul in his imprisonment, he had fallen seriously ill; Paul commends him as he sends him back to