God is my witness (Phil. 1:8)

“God is my witness!

How I long

For all of you

With the compassion

Of Christ Jesus.”

μάρτυς γάρ μου ὁ Θεός, ὡς ἐπιποθῶ πάντας ὑμᾶς ἐν σπλάγχνοις Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ.

Paul said, “God (ὁ Θεός) is my witness (μάρτυς γάρ μου)!  How I long for all of you (ὡς ἐπιποθῶ πάντας ὑμᾶς) with the compassion (ἐν σπλάγχνοις) of Christ Jesus (Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἐπιποθῶ, that means to long for, strain after, desire greatly, or have affection for.  Paul called on God to be his witness.  He longed for the Christians at Philippi and had compassion or feelings for them just like Jesus Christ had for them.  Do you have compassion for anyone?

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