ESV Reformation Study Bible – Phil 1:9–10
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Phil 1:9–10

1:9, 10 Paul tells the Philippians not only that he prays for them (v. 4), but also the content of that prayer. Christian belief (“knowledge and all discernment”) comes to expression in Christian love and in behavior that is “pure and blameless” (cf. Col. 1:9–11). The absence of love shows that supposed knowledge is worthless (1 Cor. 13:1–3), and love is itself knowledge of the deepest kind (1 Cor. 8:1–3). The seriousness of Paul’s prayer that “love may abound” among the Philippians will become more apparent in 2:1–18.