Parallel Verses

Amplified

But I am hard pressed between the two. My yearning desire is to depart (to be free of this world, to set forth) and be with Christ, for that is far, far better;

New American Standard Bible

But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;

King James Version

For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

Holman Bible

I am pressured by both. I have the desire to depart and be with Christ—which is far better

International Standard Version

Indeed, I cannot decide between the two. I have the desire to leave this life and be with the Messiah, for that is far better.

A Conservative Version

And I am constrained by the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, being far better.

American Standard Version

But I am in a strait betwixt the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ; for it is very far better:

An Understandable Version

So, I am in a dilemma between the two choices. [On the one hand] I have the desire to depart [from this life] and be with Christ [in heaven], which would be far better.

Anderson New Testament

I am in a strait between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better:

Bible in Basic English

I am in a hard position between the two, having a desire to go away and be with Christ, which is very much better:

Common New Testament

I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better;

Daniel Mace New Testament

I am doubly press'd between my desire to depart, in order to be with Christ, which is by far the best for ME;

Darby Translation

But I am pressed by both, having the desire for departure and being with Christ, for it is very much better,

Godbey New Testament

But I am in a strait between two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ; for this is far better:

Goodspeed New Testament

I am undecided between the two, for I long to depart and be with Christ, for that is far, far better,

John Wesley New Testament

For I am in a strait between two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, for it is far better.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

For I am in a strait between the two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better:

Julia Smith Translation

For I am pressed together from two, having one eager desire to be loosed, and be with Christ (rather much better:)

King James 2000

For I am in a strait between two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

Lexham Expanded Bible

But I am hard pressed {between the two options}, having the desire to depart and to be with Christ, {for this is very much better}.

Modern King James verseion

For I am pressed together by the two: having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

I am constrained of two things. I desire to be loosed, and to be with Christ, which thing is best of all:

Moffatt New Testament

I am in a dilemma between the two. My strong desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far the best.

Montgomery New Testament

but am in a quandary between the two. I am perplexed. I have a strong desire to break camp and to be with Christ, which is far better;

NET Bible

I feel torn between the two, because I have a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far,

New Heart English Bible

But I am in a dilemma between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.

Noyes New Testament

but I am held in a strait by the two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; for it is far better;

Sawyer New Testament

But I am in a strait between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ; for this is far better;

The Emphasized Bible

I am held in constraint, however, by reason of the two, - having, the coveting, to be released, and to be with, Christ, for it were far better!

Thomas Haweis New Testament

For I am in a strait between the two, having an earnest longing to be dissolved, and to be with Christ, for this is far, far better:

Twentieth Century New Testament

My own desire is to depart and be with Christ, for this would be far better.

Webster

For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

Weymouth New Testament

I am in a dilemma, my earnest desire being to depart and be with Christ, for that is far, far better.

Williams New Testament

I am hesitating between two desires, for I long to depart and to be with Christ, for that is far, far better,

World English Bible

But I am in a dilemma between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.

Worrell New Testament

but I am constrained by the two; having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for it is far better;

Worsley New Testament

for I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ, which is much preferable:

Youngs Literal Translation

for I am pressed by the two, having the desire to depart, and to be with Christ, for it is far better,

Verse Picture

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
For
γάρ 
Gar 
for, , not tr
Usage: 825

I am in a strait
συνέχω 
sunecho 
be taken with, throng, straiten, keep in, hold, stop, press, lie sick of, constrain, be in a strait
Usage: 10

ἐκ ἐξ 
Ek 
of, from, out of, by, on, with,
Usage: 709

two
δύο 
Duo 
two, twain, both, two and two
Usage: 92

ἔχω 
Echo 
have, be, need , , vr have
Usage: 479

a desire
ἐπιθυμία 
Epithumia 
Usage: 35

to
εἰς 
Eis 
into, to, unto, for, in, on, toward, against,
Usage: 1267

ἀναλύω 
Analuo 
Usage: 1

and

and, also, even, both, then, so, likewise, not tr., , vr and
Usage: 0

to be
εἶναι 
Einai 
to be, be, was, is, am, are, were, not tr,
Usage: 97

with
σύν 
sun 
Usage: 120

Χριστός 
christos 
Usage: 557

which is
πολύς πολλός 
Polus 
Usage: 292

far
μᾶλλον 
Mallon 
more, rather, the more, better ,
Usage: 66

Devotionals

Devotionals about Philippians 1:23

Devotionals containing Philippians 1:23

Images Philippians 1:23

Prayers for Philippians 1:23

Context Readings

Living Is Christ

22 If, however, it is to be life in the flesh and I am to live on here, that means fruitful service for me; so I can say nothing as to my personal preference [I cannot choose], 23 But I am hard pressed between the two. My yearning desire is to depart (to be free of this world, to set forth) and be with Christ, for that is far, far better; 24 But to remain in my body is more needful and essential for your sake.



Cross References

2 Corinthians 5:8

[Yes] we have confident and hopeful courage and are pleased rather to be away from home out of the body and be at home with the Lord.

2 Timothy 4:6

For I am already about to be sacrificed [my life is about to be poured out as a drink offering]; the time of my [spirit's] release [from the body] is at hand and I will soon go free.

Luke 23:43

And He answered him, Truly I tell you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.

John 12:26

If anyone serves Me, he must continue to follow Me [ to cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying] and wherever I am, there will My servant be also. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

2 Samuel 24:14

And David said to Gad, I am in great distress. Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for His mercies are many and great; but let me not fall into the hands of man.

Job 19:26-27

And after my skin, even this body, has been destroyed, then from my flesh or without it I shall see God,

Psalm 16:10-11

For You will not abandon me to Sheol (the place of the dead), neither will You suffer Your holy one [Holy One] to see corruption.

Psalm 17:15

As for me, I will continue beholding Your face in righteousness (rightness, justice, and right standing with You); I shall be fully satisfied, when I awake [to find myself] beholding Your form [and having sweet communion with You].

Psalm 49:15

But God will redeem me from the power of Sheol (the place of the dead); for He will receive me. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Psalm 73:24-26

You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to honor and glory.

Luke 2:29-30

And now, Lord, You are releasing Your servant to depart (leave this world) in peace, according to Your word.

Luke 8:38

But the man from whom the demons had gone out kept begging and praying that he might accompany Him and be with Him, but [Jesus] sent him away, saying,

Luke 12:50

I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and how greatly and sorely I am urged on (impelled, constrained) until it is accomplished!

John 13:1

[Now] before the Passover Feast began, Jesus knew (was fully aware) that the time had come for Him to leave this world and return to the Father. And as He had loved those who were His own in the world, He loved them to the last and to the highest degree.

John 14:3

And when (if) I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also.

John 17:24

Father, I desire that they also whom You have entrusted to Me [as Your gift to Me] may be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory, which You have given Me [Your love gift to Me]; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

Acts 7:59

And while they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, Lord Jesus, receive and accept and welcome my spirit!

2 Corinthians 6:12

There is no lack of room for you in [our hearts], but you lack room in your own affections [for us].

1 Thessalonians 2:1

For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming among you was not useless and fruitless.

1 Thessalonians 2:13

And we also [especially] thank God continually for this, that when you received the message of God [which you heard] from us, you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe [ exercising its superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it].

1 Thessalonians 4:17

Then we, the living ones who remain [on the earth], shall simultaneously be caught up along with [the resurrected dead] in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so always (through the eternity of the eternities) we shall be with the Lord!

Revelation 7:14-17

I replied, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they who have come out of the great tribulation (persecution), and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Revelation 14:13

Then I heard further [ perceiving the distinct words of] a voice from heaven, saying, Write this: Blessed (happy, to be envied) are the dead from now on who die in the Lord! Yes, blessed (happy, to be envied indeed), says the Spirit, [in] that they may rest from their labors, for their works (deeds) do follow (attend, accompany) them!

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