Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Philippians 2:5-11

This Sunday, Palm Sunday, one of the readings in the Revised Common Lectionary is Philippians 2:5-11. This happens to be my favorite passage in all of Scripture, and I preach from it every Palm Sunday (also making reference to the Gospel account of the Triumphal Entry, of course).

I may blog a bit this week about why this is my favorite passage, but today I just want to post the passage itself. Of all the modern translations, I prefer the New Revised Standard Version's take on it, for reasons I'll elaborate on later.

"Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,
he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

- from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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