The Christian morality, which Paul in Philippians 4:8 has commended to his readers by a series of predicates, he now again urges upon them in special reference to their relation to himself, their teacher and example, as that which they had also learned, etc. εἴ τις κ. τ. "Commentary on Philippians 4:8". “This world is full of things which are sordid and shabby and soiled and smutty. ‘Think on these things’--and what are they? What tricks do you have up your sleeve for experiencing more joy in your everyday life? LOVE IT! [Note: Fee, Paul"s Letter . προσφιλῆ. “Pure” is righteous in essence, in the thought, which cannot be thus tested—showing itself in what is just and indeed perfected thereby, but in itself something holier still. A Think together [peace] in the Lord. As applied to people, it commonly means grave, dignified, worthy of veneration or regard. . Lovely; whatsoever may gain the real respect of, and be grateful to, good men, in an affable deportment acceptable to God, Titus 3:2. Whatever is true in itself is also “venerable”—i.e., as the original word, usually rendered “grave” (as in 1 Timothy 3:8; 1 Timothy 3:11; Titus 2:2) etymologically signifies, it claims a share of the reverence due primarily to God; it has in it a certain majesty commanding worship. Like the flies that are attracted to a piece of putrid meat, there are young men who are drawn by all the lustful, the lewd, the impure thoughts; and there are young women who are too idle and uncultivated to have any pleasure in anything higher than gossip and trivial fiction. Friends we have to be able to chip away at the wrong thoughts the devil tries to feed us. https: I’d hate myself for snapping, for screaming, for walking away; for not having patience. Whatsoever is a pride to him that pursues it and brings him honour from men.” On the important range of meanings belonging to ἀρετή, see Dsm(39)., BS(40)., p. 90 ff.— ἔπαινος, as Hort (on 1 Peter 1:7) points out, corresponds exactly to ἀρετή and implies it, including in itself the idea of moral approbation. -the praise of charity. "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". 14; Xen. "Commentary on Philippians 4:8". Great reminder. But my purpose is distinctly practical, and so I wish just to cast what I have to say to you into the answer to three questions, the three questions that may be asked about everything. The Christian will be a model of dutifulness. God teaches us through the Bible how to discern our thoughts and where to focus them.When you find yourself in a slump and your thoughts seem to be dragging you down you need to refocus your thoughts. V. H. ii. λ.] . 1897-1910. In verse 9 he calls them to remember his own example. Let’s fix this.” God’s truth builds us up. Paul seems to be drawing upon the cultural background of the Philippians and is saying to them: "If there is such a thing as moral excellence, and you believe there is. But there is a way! I’m a fan of positive thinking, although it can be very hard to do. 2013. “Lit., ‘sounding well’--that which is fit to hear” (Jackson p. 82). Each of the commands Paul writes (vss 4–9) relate to resolving such problems. Galatians 1:12). Thus Beza’s remark on ἀρετή seems to be just; ‘Verbum nimis humile, si cum donis Spiritus Sancti comparetur’ ” (Lightfoot). Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.—Philippians 4:8 (NIV), Do you have art problems or do you have heart problems? and the God of Peace shall be with you.’. These six reduce to the familiar classical virtues of the true, the good, and the beautiful. ταῦτα λογίζεσθε] consider these things, take them to heart, in order, (see Philippians 4:9) to determine your conduct accordingly. I’m happy you stopped in Thanks for reading. We take it to mean generally—“morally truthful,” whether specially referred to and illustrated in the gospel or not. pure.—“Just” is (as St. Paul’s habitual usage of “justify” shows) righteous in act and word, as tested by the declared will of man or God. For truth exists independently of the gospel, though the gospel has shed special light on its nature and obligation. Again, thought and work make character. “Sweet spoken”; προσφιλῆ in a special respect. In the classics a frequent meaning is “auspicious,” the opposite of δύσφημος: so εὔφημον ἦμαρ, æsch. . (function(){for(var g="function"==typeof Object.defineProperties?Object.defineProperty:function(b,c,a){if(a.get||a.set)throw new TypeError("ES3 does not support getters and setters. Summary of exhortations as to relative duties, whether as children or parents, husbands or wives, friends, neighbours, men in the world, etc. 2 Corinthians 6:6; 2 Corinthians 7:11; 1 Timothy 5:22; James 3:17; 1 Peter 3:2; 1 John 3:3; often so used in Greek authors. “If there be any”: “If virtue and honor have any meaning” (TCNT). When the enemy starts planting those seeds it can be difficult to uproot them. Plat. Hey Y’all! https: Circumstances, the necessities of our daily occupations, the duties that we owe to one another, all these make certain streams of thought very necessary, and to some of us very absorbing. 1371. “Whatever things are pure”-which are neither tainted nor corrupt-free from all debasing elements, clear in nature, transparent in purpose, leaving no blot on the conscience and no stain on the character. honest (better, venerable; see margin).—Truth is the inherent likeness to God, who is Truth. If we compare both rows of nouns with one another, the first noun corresponds to the first, the second to the second, the third to the third, the fourth to the fourth. 14: “una virtus unum, istud, quod honestum appellas, rectum, laudabile, decorum.” That it is Christian morality which Paul has in view, is clearly evident from Philippians 4:9 and from the whole preceding context. renders, “of good report”; margin, “or, gracious.”. Storr, who is followed by Flatt, renders it: “sermones, qui bene aliis precantur.” So used in later Greek authors (also Symmachus, Psalms 62:6); but this meaning is here too special. The remains of other and nobler times are articles of virtu, and he who has most acquaintance with them is a virtuoso or man of virtue. No, by the words ἠκούσατε and εἴδετε, to both of which ἐν ἐμοί belongs, he represents to his readers his own example of Christian morality, which he had given them when he was present, in its two portions, in so far as they had perceived it in him ( ἐν ἑμοί, comp. Happy to meet you ladies! ], ". Paul listed these virtues like contemporary moral philosophers of his day taught, namely, by reciting catalogues of virtues and vices.