5:8 for you were at one time darkness, but now you are 1 light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light – 5:9 for the fruit of the light 2 consists in 3 all goodness, righteousness, and truth – 5:10 trying to learn 4 what is pleasing to the Lord. 5:11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather 5 expose them. 6 5:12 For the things they do 7 in secret are shameful even to mention. 5:13 But all things being exposed by the light are made evident. 5:14 For everything made evident is light, and for this reason it says: 8
Rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you!” 11
1 tn The verb “you are” is implied in the Greek text, but is supplied in the English translation to make it clear.
2 tc Several
3 tn Grk “in.” The idea is that the fruit of the light is “expressed in” or “consists of.”
5 tn The Greek conjunction καὶ (kai) seems to be functioning here ascensively, (i.e., “even”), but is difficult to render in this context using good English. It may read something like: “but rather even expose them!”
6 tn Grk “rather even expose.”
7 tn The participle τὰ…γινόμενα (ta…ginomena) usually refers to “things happening” or “things which are,” but with the following genitive phrase ὑπ᾿ αὐτῶν (Jup’ autwn), which indicates agency, the idea seems to be “things being done.” This passive construction was translated as an active one to simplify the English style.
8 sn The following passage has been typeset as poetry because many scholars regard this passage as poetic or hymnic. These terms are used broadly to refer to the genre of writing, not to the content. There are two broad criteria for determining if a passage is poetic or hymnic: “(a) stylistic: a certain rhythmical lilt when the passages are read aloud, the presence of parallelismus membrorum (i.e., an arrangement into couplets), the semblance of some metre, and the presence of rhetorical devices such as alliteration, chiasmus, and antithesis; and (b) linguistic: an unusual vocabulary, particularly the presence of theological terms, which is different from the surrounding context” (P. T. O’Brien, Philippians [NIGTC], 188-89). Classifying a passage as hymnic or poetic is important because understanding this genre can provide keys to interpretation. However, not all scholars agree that the above criteria are present in this passage, so the decision to typeset it as poetry should be viewed as a tentative decision about its genre.
9 tn Grk “Rise up.”
10 tn The articular nominative participle ὁ καθεύδων (Jo kaqeudwn) is probably functioning as a nominative for vocative. Thus, it has been translated as “O sleeper.”