Philippians 2:17 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Philippians 2:17, NIV: "But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you."

Philippians 2:17, ESV: "Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all."

Philippians 2:17, KJV: "Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all."

Philippians 2:17, NASB: "But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all."

Philippians 2:17, NLT: "But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God, just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy."

Philippians 2:17, CSB: "But even if I am poured out as a drink offering on the sacrificial service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you."

What does Philippians 2:17 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul describes his joy at being able to serve, though he does refer to his life as a "drink offering." This refers to the Old Testament practice of pouring a drink offering in worship (Numbers 15:1–10; 28:1–8). After a priest would sacrifice a lamb, ram, or bull, he would pour wine beside the altar. This symbolized the dedication of a person in worship to God.

In Paul's life, he felt his life was being poured out as an act of worship on behalf of those he served. Even if his imprisonment ended in death, he could have joy regarding his life that had been poured out in service to God. At the end of his life, Paul would make a similar statement: "For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come" (2 Timothy 4:6). The drink offering and death, or end of service, was closely associated.