Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Philippians 2:5-11 in the ISV

Philippians is one of my favorite books of the bible. In particular, I find the "Christ Hymn" of 2:5-11 to be one of the high points of scripture. In many English translations much of the poetic quality of these verses is lost. I appreciate a great deal the way the International Standard Version (ISV) renders 2:5-11. It sheds even more light on this already profound passage:

5 Have the same attitude among yourselves that was also in Christ Jesus:

6 In God's own form existed he,
and shared with God equality,
deemed nothing needed grasping.

7 Instead, poured out in emptiness,
a servant's form did he possess,
a mortal man becoming.

8 In human form he chose to be,
and lived in all humility,
death on a cross obeying.

9 Now lifted up by God to heaven,
a name above all others given,
this matchless name possessing.

10 And so, when Jesus' name is called,
the knees of everyone should fall
wherever they're residing.

11 Then every tongue in one accord,
will say that Jesus Christ is Lord,
while God the Father praising.

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