1 Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who
are in Philippi, with the overseers and ministers:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy
5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,
6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will
complete it unto the day of Jesus Christ;
7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart,
inasmuch as both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all
are partakers with me of the grace.
8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affections of Jesus
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in full true knowledge
and all discernment,
10 that you may examine the things that differ, that you may be sincere and without
blame unto the day of Christ,
11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness through Jesus Christ, to the glory and
praise of God.
12 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have
actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel,
13 so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my
bonds are in Christ;
14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my bonds, are
much more bold to speak the Word without fear.
15 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from good will:
16 The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add
affliction to my bonds;
17 but the others out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.
18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is
preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.
19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the
supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but
with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether
by life or by death.
21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall
choose I do not know.
23 For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ,
which is far better.
24 Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you.
25 And being persuaded of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith,
26 that your rejoicing for me may be more abundant in Jesus Christ by my coming to
27 Only, let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and
see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand firm in one spirit, with
one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,
28 and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of
destruction, but to you of salvation, and that from God.
29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also
to suffer for His sake,
30 having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.