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The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
With the Greek verb phroureō—meaning to keep watch or protect—Paul suggests the military image of a sentinel holding guard. A Bible authority writes, “God’s ‘protective custody’ of those who are in Christ Jesus extends to the core of their beings and to their deepest intentions.”
Peace in this verse encompasses unity, concord, quietness, and security. It is defined by another source as “every kind of blessing and good.”
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Resources quoted in this issue
GT: Barker, Kenneth, et al., eds. The NIV Study Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1995; Mounce, William D., et al., eds. Greek Dictionary. See www.billmounce.com/greek-dictionary.
RR: Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: The Letters to the Corinthians. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: The Letters to the Corinthians. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04.
Cit. 3: Buttrick, George Arthur, Nolan B. Harmon, et al., eds. The Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 7, New Testament Articles, Matthew, Mark. Nashville: Abingdon, 1951–57.
Cit. 6: Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of Matthew, Vol. 2. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of Matthew, Vol. 2. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04.
Cit. 8: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 8, Luke, John. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015; Michaels, J. Ramsey. New International Biblical Commentary—John. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1984.
Cit. 14: Jeremias, Joachim. The Parables of Jesus. London: S.C.M. Press, 1972.
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