1:1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Jesus Christ; To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and servants :
1:2 Grace to you, and peace from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:3 I thank my God whenever I remember you,
1:4 always in every request of mine on behalf of you all making my requests with joy,
1:5 for your partnership in furtherance of the Good News from the first day until now;
1:6 being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
1:7 It is even right for me to think this way on behalf of all of you, because I have you in my heart, because, both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the Good News, you all are partakers with me of grace.
1:8 For God is my witness, how I long after all of you in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus.
1:9 This I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment;
1:10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense to the day of Christ;
1:11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
1:12 Now I desire to have you know, brothers, that the things which happened to me have turned out rather to the progress of the Good News;
1:13 so that it became evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my bonds are in Christ;
1:14 and that most of the brothers in the Lord, being confident through my bonds, are more abundantly bold to speak the word of God without fear.
1:15 Some indeed preach Christ even out of envy and strife, and some also out of good will.
1:16 The former insincerely preach Christ from selfish ambition, thinking that they add affliction to my chains;
1:17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the Good News.
1:18 What does it matter? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed. I rejoice in this, yes, and will rejoice.
1:19 For I know that this will turn out to my salvation, through your supplication and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
1:20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will in no way be disappointed, but with all boldness, as always, now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life, or by death.
1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
1:22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will bring fruit from my work; yet I don’t know what I will choose.
1:23 But I am in a dilemma between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
1:24 Yet, to remain in the flesh is more needful for your sake.
1:25 Having this confidence, I know that I will remain, yes, and remain with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,
1:26 that your rejoicing may abound in Christ Jesus in me through my presence with you again.
1:27 Only let your way of life be worthy of the Good News of Christ, that, whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your state, that you stand firm in one spirit, with one soul striving for the faith of the Good News;
1:28 and in nothing frightened by the adversaries, which is for them a proof of destruction, but to you of salvation, and that from God.
1:29 Because it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer on his behalf,
1:30 having the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear is in me.
2:1 If there is therefore any exhortation in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender mercies and compassion,
2:2 make my joy full, by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind;
2:3 doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself;
2:4 each of you not just looking to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others.
2:5 Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus,
2:6 who, existing in the form of God, didn’t consider equality with God a thing to be grasped,
2:7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men.
2:8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross.
2:9 Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name;
2:10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth,
2:11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
2:12 So then, my beloved, even as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
2:13 For it is God who works in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure.
2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputes,
2:15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you are seen as lights in the world,
2:16 holding up the word of life; that I may have something to boast in the day of Christ, that I didn’t run in vain nor labor in vain.
2:17 Yes, and if I am poured out on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice, and rejoice with you all.
2:18 In the same way, you also rejoice, and rejoice with me.
2:19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered up when I know how you are doing.
2:20 For I have no one else like-minded, who will truly care about you.
2:21 For they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ.
2:22 But you know the proof of him, that, as a child serves a father, so he served with me in furtherance of the Good News.
2:23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it will go with me.
2:24 But I trust in the Lord that I myself also will come shortly.
2:25 But I counted it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, fellow soldier, and your apostle and servant of my need;
2:26 since he longed for you all, and was very troubled, because you had heard that he was sick.
2:27 For indeed he was sick, nearly to death, but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, that I might not have sorrow on sorrow.
2:28 I have sent him therefore the more diligently, that, when you see him again, you may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.
2:29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all joy, and hold such in honor,
2:30 because for the work of Christ he came near to death, risking his life to supply that which was lacking in your service toward me.
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