Philippians 2:26 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Philippians 2:26, NIV: "For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill."

Philippians 2:26, ESV: "for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill."

Philippians 2:26, KJV: "For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick."

Philippians 2:26, NASB: "because he was longing for you all and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick."

Philippians 2:26, NLT: "I am sending him because he has been longing to see you, and he was very distressed that you heard he was ill."

Philippians 2:26, CSB: "since he has been longing for all of you and was distressed because you heard that he was sick."

What does Philippians 2:26 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse provides three unique pieces of information about Epaphroditus. First, he missed his friends in Philippi. It is uncertain whether he was personally from Philippi or not. This kind of remark makes it seem more likely that he was a church leader and local resident of this area. This would certainly explain why he missed home, as well as friends and family.

Second, he was concerned. He was apparently bothered by the fact that his friends knew he was sick, but had not yet heard he was now well.

This concern is due to the third piece of information, which is that Epaphroditus had been extremely ill. The exact sickness is not given, but was clearly serious and nearly fatal. This verse also clearly proves that those who faithfully serve Christ are not immune to troubles. Nor are they guaranteed miraculous healing, even by someone as spiritually powerful as Paul. God has a plan even for such difficulties, though we often are not told why. While God heals in some situations, He also allows sicknesses at other times. The world we live in is still one of cause and effect.