Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” King James Version (KJV)
|ESV||And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.|
|NASB||And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.|
|NIV||And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.|
|NLT||Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.|
Peace That Passeth All Understanding: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
4:2-9 Let believers be of one mind, and ready to help each other. As the apostle had found the benefit of their assistance, he knew how comfortable it would be to his fellow-labourers to have the help of others. Let us seek to give assurance that our names are written in the book of life.
Joy in God is of great consequence in the Christian life; and Christians need to be again and again called to it. It more than outweighs all causes for sorrow. Let their enemies perceive how moderate they were as to outward things, and how composedly they suffered loss and hardships.
The day of judgment will soon arrive, with full redemption to believers, and destruction to ungodly men. There is a care of diligence which is our duty, and agrees with a wise forecast and due concern; but there is a care of fear and distrust, which is sin and folly, and only perplexes and distracts the mind.
As a remedy against perplexing care, constant prayer is recommended. Not only stated times for prayer, but in every thing by prayer. We must join thanksgivings with prayers and supplications; not only seek supplies of good, but own the mercies we have received.
God needs not to be told our wants or desires; he knows them better than we do; but he will have us show that we value the mercy, and feel our dependence on him. The peace of God, the comfortable sense of being reconciled to God, and having a part in his favour, and the hope of the heavenly blessedness, are a greater good than can be fully expressed.
This peace will keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus; it will keep us from sinning under troubles, and from sinking under them; keep us calm and with inward satisfaction. Believers are to get and to keep a good name; a name for good things with God and good men.
We should walk in all the ways of virtue, and abide therein; then, whether our praise is of men or not, it will be of God. The apostle is for an example. His doctrine and life agreed together. The way to have the God of peace with us, is to keep close to our duty.
All our privileges and salvation arise in the free mercy of God; yet the enjoyment of them depends on our sincere and holy conduct. These are works of God, pertaining to God, and to him only are they to be ascribed, and to no other, neither men, words, nor deeds.
Philippians 4:7 | Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
7. And—The inseparable consequence of thus laying everything before God in “prayer with thanksgiving.”
peace—the dispeller of “anxious care” (Php 4:6).
of God—coming from God, and resting in God (Joh 14:27; 16:33; Col 3:15).
passeth—surpasseth, or exceedeth, all man’s notional powers of understanding its full blessedness (1Co 2:9, 10; Eph 3:20; compare Pr 3:17).
shall keep—rather, “shall guard”; shall keep as a well-garrisoned stronghold (Isa 26:1, 3). The same Greek verb is used in 1Pe 1:5. There shall be peace secure within, whatever outward troubles may besiege.
hearts and minds—rather, “hearts (the seat of the thoughts) and thoughts” or purposes.
through—rather as Greek, “in Christ Jesus.” It is in Christ that we are “kept” or “guarded” secure.