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Philippians 2:3


Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition 1  or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself.


Pr 13:10; Lu 14:7-11; Lu 18:14; Ro 12:10; Ro 13:13; 1Co 3:3; 1Co 15:9; 2Co 12:20; Ga 5:15,20,21,26; Eph 4:2; Eph 5:21; Php 1:15,16; Php 2:14; Col 3:8; 1Ti 6:4; Jas 3:14-16; Jas 4:5,6; 1Pe 2:1,2; 1Pe 5:5

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tn Grk “not according to selfish ambition.” There is no main verb in this verse; the subjunctive φρονῆτε (fronhte, “be of the same mind”) is implied here as well. Thus, although most translations supply the verb “do” at the beginning of v. 3 (e.g., “do nothing from selfish ambition”), the idea is even stronger than that: “Don’t even think any thoughts motivated by selfish ambition.”

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