Philippians 1:26 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Philippians 1:26, NIV: so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.

Philippians 1:26, ESV: so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.

Philippians 1:26, KJV: That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.

Philippians 1:26, NASB: so that your pride in Christ Jesus may be abundant because of me by my coming to you again.

Philippians 1:26, NLT: And when I come to you again, you will have even more reason to take pride in Christ Jesus because of what he is doing through me.

Philippians 1:26, CSB: so that, because of my coming to you again, your boasting in Christ Jesus may abound.

What does Philippians 1:26 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul anticipates seeing the Philippian believers again, as a moment of great joy. That would be a victory well worth praising God for. If Paul did return to Philippi after this first Roman imprisonment, they would certainly have given glory to Christ Jesus. Prior to this letter, the Philippian believers were probably uncertain whether or not Paul would ever live to leave Rome. In this letter, Paul believes he will soon be released and later visit them. This would be a miraculous answer to prayer.

At this point, Paul has transitioned from reassuring his readers that his suffering is for a good cause, to his confidence that he will survive, to an encouraging hope for reunion. From the Pastoral Epistles, it is clear Paul did travel east again near the area of Philippi. However, Philippi is not mentioned in these later writings as one of his destinations. In addition to Philippi, Paul expected to once again visit Philemon in the city of Colossae (Philemon 1:22).