5 Keep this mental attitude in YOU that was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although he was existing in God’s form, gave no consideration to a seizure, namely, that he should be equal to God.
~ Php 2:6 (NWT)
For those who don’t recognize it, the New World Translation is the Jehovah’s Witness version of the Bible. Since they don’t believe that Jesus was God (“Jehovah”), the above translation is rearranged in order to show that He did not try to “seize” the title of “God”.
However, the KJV isn’t exactly all that clear, either.
5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Now, there have in recent years been those even in the Church of God (COG) body who claim that Jesus didn’t exist before He was born, and such other similar teachings. Correct understanding of passages like the above become even more important as time goes on under the conditions we live in.
I came across “What Do We Know About ‘Harpagmos” in Phil. 2:6? Craig Blomberg” on BibleGateway.com, and it is a worthwhile read. While he obviously has a trinitarian bias, his rendition of “robbery” or “seizure” is an interesting one: “a prize to be clung to”. In other words, “he didn’t consider them [His divine attributes] as something to be used to his own personal advantage.”
This reminds me of the episode where Satan tells Jesus He can jump off the Temple rooftop because angels would bear Him up. Jesus answered, “It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” And with the bread, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone…” Jesus did not use His power or authority in a trivial manner (“to his own personal advantage”).
Of course, I suppose that the Holman Christian Standard Bible would do just as well, although with a lot less explanation behind it:
5 Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus,
6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God
as something to be used for His own advantage.