Philippians 3:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Philippians 3:1, NIV: "Further, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you."

Philippians 3:1, ESV: "Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you."

Philippians 3:1, KJV: "Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe."

Philippians 3:1, NASB: "Finally, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble for me, and it is a safeguard for you."

Philippians 3:1, NLT: "Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith."

Philippians 3:1, CSB: "In addition, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. To write to you again about this is no trouble for me and is a safeguard for you."

What does Philippians 3:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse marks a transition from the first half of Paul's letter to a new section. Paul notes the shift by explicitly referring to rejoicing. Despite the struggles both he and the church faced, they were to have joy in God. "Rejoice" is a theme repeated nine times in this letter, seen in Philippians 1:18 (twice); 2:17, 18, 28; 3:1; 4:4 (twice), and 10. To rejoice is often associated with both community and with rejoicing in the Lord. This is part of Paul's continued emphasis on the mind-set, or the attitude, of a Christian believer.

Based on this verse, it seems likely Paul had taught the Philippians about rejoicing in the past. This may also be a reference to the instructions he is about to give, involving false teachers. Coaches and mentors often note that repetition is a key to getting a message across. For Paul to remind the Philippians about rejoicing was nothing difficult for him. And, the reminder was certainly beneficial for them. Given Paul's present circumstances it was particularly easy for him to include this as part of his message, at least in writing. That a man imprisoned for the sake of Christ is reminding free people to "rejoice" is also striking.