1:1 Paul and Timothy, slaves of Jesus Christ, to all the holy ones in Christ Jesus in Philippi, with the guardians and servants:
1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:3 I give thanks to my God every time I remember you,
1:4 always in my every prayer for you all praying with joy
1:5 over your partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now.
1:6 I am convinced of this, that the One who began among you a good work will bring it to completion all the way until the Day of Christ Jesus.
1:7 It is right of me to have this attitude about you all, because I have you in my heart. Both in my chains and also in the defense and confirmation of the Gospel, you all are my partners in this grace.
1:8 For God is my witness how I long for you all with the affections of Jesus Christ.
1:9 And this I pray, that your love will still more and more abound in knowledge and all insight,
1:10 so that you can discern the things that really matter, so that you might be sincere and blameless into the day of Christ,
1:11 being filled with the fruit of righteousness which is through Jesus Christ, to the praise and glory of God.
1:12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that my circumstances have actually turned out for the advancement of the Gospel,
1:13 so that it has become obvious among the whole imperial guard and all the others that my chains are for Christ.
1:14 Also, most of the brothers in the Lord, persuaded by my chains, are even more bold to fearlessly speak the Word.
1:15 On the one hand, some of them are preaching Christ because of envy and rivalry, others because of good will.
1:16 The former are preaching Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to bring on trouble in my chains,
1:17 while the latter do so out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the Gospel.
1:18 What then? Only that in every way, whether with false motive or true, Christ is preached. And in this I rejoice. Furthermore I shall rejoice,
1:19 for I know that this will result in my deliverance through your prayers and the support of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
1:20 This is in line with my eager expectation and hope, that I will not be ashamed in anything, but as always in all boldness now also I will magnify Christ with my body, whether by life or by death.
1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
1:22 Now if I live on in the flesh, for me this will mean fruitful work. I do not know which I prefer.
1:23 So I am torn between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which would be very much better,
1:24 but staying on in the flesh is more necessary, because of you.
1:25 So, convinced of this, I know that I shall remain, and remain on with all of you for your advancement and joy in the faith,
1:26 so that your boast might abound in Christ Jesus by me through my presence again with you.
1:27 Only live your lives in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ, so that whether coming and seeing you or being away I will hear concerning you, that you are standing firm in one spirit, struggling together as one for the faith of the Gospel,
1:28 and do not be afraid of anything from those that oppose you. This on the one hand will be evidence to them of destruction, and on the other hand to you of deliverance, and that from God.
1:29 This is because to you it has been given on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for Him,
1:30 having the same struggle which you saw with me, and now hear about with me.
2:1 If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if any comfort in love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion,
2:2 complete my joy: be of one mind, having the same love, united in spirit, having the same concern,
2:3 never with selfish ambition or vainglory, but in humility of mind considering one another more important than oneself.
2:4 Do not be watching out for your own interests, but each also watching out for the interests of others.
2:5 For you should let this same attitude be in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
2:6 Who in the form of God existing,
did not regard being equal with God
as something to be grasped,
2:7 but Himself He emptied,
the form of a slave taking on,
in the likeness of men coming.
2:8 And in appearance being found as man,
He humbled Himself,
becoming obedient to death,
even death on a cross.
2:9 Therefore also God Him exalted,
and gave to Him a Name which is above every name,
2:10 so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
2:11 and every tongue should confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
2:12 Therefore my beloved, just as you used to obey, not only in my presence, but now all the more in my absence, with fear and trembling accomplish your own deliverance.
2:13 For it is God who works in you both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
2:14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing,
2:15 so that you might be blameless and pure, children of God unblemished in the midst of a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the sky,
2:16 being intent upon the word of life, which means a boast for me in the Day of Christ, that I neither ran in vain nor labored in vain.
2:17 But if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and I rejoice together with you all.
2:18 Have that same joy, and rejoice together with me.
2:19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I myself might be encouraged knowing your situation.
2:20 For I have no one of like heart and mind, who will genuinely be concerned for your situation,
2:21 for they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus.
2:22 Now you know his proven character, how as a child with his father he has served with me in the Gospel.
2:23 So on the one hand he is the one I hope to send as soon as I see how my situation turns out.
2:24 On the other hand, I am convinced in the Lord that even I myself will come quickly.
2:25 Now I think it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier – your missionary and servant of my need,
2:26 because he is longing for you all and troubled, because you heard that he was ill.
2:27 For indeed he was ill, he was near death. However, God had mercy on him – not only on him but also on me, so that I might not have grief upon grief.
2:28 Therefore with more earnestness I send him, so that seeing him again you might be glad, and I might be more free of grief.
2:29 Therefore receive him in the Lord with all joy, and hold such as him in honor,
2:30 because on account of the work of Christ he came near to death, having no concern for his own life so that he might fulfill what was lacking in your service to me.
3:1 From now on, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. Writing the same things to you is not troublesome for me, and it is more certain for you.
3:2 Consider the dogs, consider the evil workers, consider the Emasculation.
3:3 For we, we are the Circumcision, we are the ones serving in the Spirit of God and boasting in Christ Jesus, putting no confidence in the flesh.
3:4 Although I could have reasons for confidence also in the flesh. If someone else supposes he can put confidence in the flesh, I more so.
3:5 Circumcised on the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews – regarding the Law, a Pharisee;
3:6 regarding zeal, a persecutor of the church; regarding the righteousness that comes by the Law, blameless.
3:7 Whatever was gain to me, I have come to count as loss because of Christ.
3:8 Furthermore, I consider all things to be loss on account of the far better knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, on account of whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and I consider them to be refuse, with the result that I have gained Christ,
3:9 and am found in Him, not having my own righteousness which is from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God, by faith.
3:10 I want to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the participation in His sufferings, becoming conformed to His death,
3:11 if somehow I might attain to the out-resurrection of the dead.
3:12 Not that I have already obtained this or already been perfected, but I pursue it if also I might seize it, the very thing for which also I was seized by Christ Jesus.
3:13 Brothers, I do not consider myself to have seized it. I have just one thing on my mind, forgetting what is past, and straining towards what is ahead.
3:14 Focused on the goal, I pursue the prize of the upward calling of God in Christ Jesus.
3:15 Therefore, as many of us as are mature, let us take this attitude, and if you take some other view, this too God will reveal to you.
3:16 However, to what we have already attained, live up to that rule, and be of one mind.
3:17 Join others in following my example, brothers, and pay attention to those that walk in that way, just as you have our example.
3:18 For as I have often been telling you, and now even weeping I say, many walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.
3:19 Their end is ruin, their god is their belly, and their glory is in their shame. They set their minds on earthly things.
3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven, out of which we are awaiting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
3:21 who will transform our humble bodies to conformity with His glorious body by the working of His ability even to subject all things to Himself.
4:1 So, my brothers, loved and very much missed, my joy and my crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, loved ones.
4:2 To Euodia I appeal and to Syntyche I appeal to agree in the Lord.
4:3 Yes, I ask you, loyal Syzygos, to help them, who have struggled together in the Gospel with me and Clement and my other coworkers, whose names are in the Book of Life.
4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
4:5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.
4:6 Do not worry about anything, but in all things by prayer and petition make your requests known to God with thankfulness,
4:7 and the peace of God that excels all intellect will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is righteous, whatever is pure, whatever is amiable, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent and if something is praiseworthy, let your minds dwell on these things.
4:9 And the things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace will be with you.
4:10 Now I rejoice greatly in the Lord that now at last you have renewed your concern for me, for whom you were concerned, but you lacked opportunity.
4:11 Not that I am saying this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever situation I am in.
4:12 I know how to be humbled, I know also how to abound. In any and in all situations I have learned the secret, whether satisfied or hungry, abounding or lacking.
4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
4:14 However, you did well partnering with me in my trouble.
4:15 And as you Philippians also know, at the beginning of my Gospel ministry, when I went out from Macedonia, not one church partnered with me in the matter of giving and receiving except you only.
4:16 Also in Thessalonica more than once you sent something because of my need.
4:17 Not that I am hoping for a gift, but I am hoping for the increasing profit into your account.
4:18 But I have been paid all in full, and I have plenty; I have been filled up, receiving from Epaphroditus the gifts from you, a soothing aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
4:19 And my God will provide for your every need on the basis of His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
4:20 To God our Father be glory forever and ever, amen.
4:21 Greet all the holy ones in Christ Jesus. The brothers with me greet you.
4:22 All the holy ones greet you, particularly those of the household of Caesar.
4:23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.