Philippians 2:19 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Philippians 2:19, NIV: "I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you."

Philippians 2:19, ESV: "I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you."

Philippians 2:19, KJV: "But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state."

Philippians 2:19, NASB: "But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition."

Philippians 2:19, NLT: "If the Lord Jesus is willing, I hope to send Timothy to you soon for a visit. Then he can cheer me up by telling me how you are getting along."

Philippians 2:19, CSB: "Now I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon so that I too may be encouraged by news about you."

What does Philippians 2:19 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The third section of this chapter begins with a transition to Paul's associate Timothy. Timothy was with Paul at this time, assisting with the writing of this very letter (Philippians 1:1). Paul planned to send him to Philippi in the near future. However, this was not intended as a one-way trip. Paul's expectation to receive good news as a result of this visit meant he intended Timothy to then return with news of their situation.

The timing of Timothy's trip would be dependent upon Paul's trial in Rome (Philippians 2:23). This note helps in the dating of this letter. Since Paul was in Rome two full years (Acts 28:30) and was brought to Rome about AD 60, then this letter was written approximately AD 62. This note also reveals something of Paul's timeline of ministry. He had an anticipated trial in 62 and later wrote 1 and 2 Timothy, and Titus, with details of later ministry and a second Roman imprisonment. Whether Paul traveled to Philippi as he had hoped (Philippians 2:24) is uncertain, though certainly could have taken place.