Philippians 2:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Philippians 2:8, NIV: "And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death-- even death on a cross!"

Philippians 2:8, ESV: "And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross."

Philippians 2:8, KJV: "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."

Philippians 2:8, NASB: "Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross."

Philippians 2:8, NLT: "he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal's death on a cross."

Philippians 2:8, CSB: "he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death--even to death on a cross."

What does Philippians 2:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The first phrase here completes the thought begun in verse 7: that Jesus came to earth in human form as a servant. In addition, Jesus both was born and died in humility. His humbleness was not for show, but was part of being "obedient." In a similar way, Paul encouraged his readers to be humble in obedience to Christ, following both the example of Jesus and of Paul.

The last phrase of this verse refers to the horrific death of crucifixion. The cross was clearly a symbol of death in first century culture. Paul's mention of it here reminds us that the cross was more than a painful death. It was also a degrading, humiliating form of execution. Jesus did not die as a hero on a battlefield, but instead died innocently and shamefully in public view outside the city walls of Jerusalem. He was mocked, yet endured scorn as part of God's plan for His life as a sacrifice for sinners.