1: Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To
all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philip'pi, with the bishops and
2: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord
3: I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,
4: always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with
5: thankful for your partnership in the gospel from the first
day until now.
6: And I am sure that he who began a good work in you
will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
7: It is
right for me to feel thus about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you
are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense
and confirmation of the gospel.
8: For God is my witness, how I yearn
for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.
9: And it is my
prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all
10: so that you may approve what is excellent, and may
be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
11: filled with the
fruits of righteousness which come through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise
12: I want you to know, brethren, that what has happened to
me has really served to advance the gospel,
13: so that it has become
known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to all the rest that my
imprisonment is for Christ;
14: and most of the brethren have been
made confident in the Lord because of my imprisonment, and are much more bold to
speak the word of God without fear.
15: Some indeed preach Christ
from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.
16: The latter do
it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel;
17: the former proclaim Christ out of partisanship, not sincerely but
thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
18: What then? Only that
in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in that
19: Yes, and I shall rejoice. For I know that through your
prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my
20: as it is my eager expectation and hope that I shall
not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be
honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
21: For to me to
live is Christ, and to die is gain.
22: If it is to be life in the
flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.
23: I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be
with Christ, for that is far better.
24: But to remain in the flesh
is more necessary on your account.
25: Convinced of this, I know that
I shall remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the
26: so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ
Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
27: Only let your manner of
life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am
absent, I may hear of you that you stand firm in one spirit, with one mind
striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,
28: and not
frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear omen to them of their
destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.
29: For it has
been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in
him but also suffer for his sake,
30: engaged in the same conflict
which you saw and now hear to be mine.
1: So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any
incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy,
2: complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love,
being in full accord and of one mind.
3: Do nothing from selfishness
or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of
5: Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ
6: who, though he was in the form of God, did not count
equality with God a thing to be grasped,
7: but emptied himself,
taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death,
even death on a cross.
9: Therefore God has highly exalted him and
bestowed on him the name which is above every name,
10: that at the
name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11: and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory
of God the Father.
12: Therefore, my beloved, as you have always
obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out
your own salvation with fear and trembling;
13: for God is at work in
you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
14: Do all
things without grumbling or questioning,
15: that you may be
blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a
crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
16: holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may
be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
17: Even if I
am to be poured as a libation upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am
glad and rejoice with you all.
18: Likewise you also should be glad
and rejoice with me.
19: I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to
you soon, so that I may be cheered by news of you.
20: I have no one
like him, who will be genuinely anxious for your welfare.
all look after their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
But Timothy's worth you know, how as a son with a father he has served with me
in the gospel.
23: I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see
how it will go with me;
24: and I trust in the Lord that shortly I
myself shall come also.
25: I have thought it necessary to send to
you Epaphrodi'tus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your
messenger and minister to my need,
26: for he has been longing for
you all, and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill.
27: Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and
not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
28: I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice
at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious.
29: So receive
him in the Lord with all joy; and honor such men,
30: for he nearly
died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete your service to me.
1: Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To
write the same things to you is not irksome to me, and is safe for you.
2: Look out for the dogs, look out for the evil-workers, look out for
those who mutilate the flesh.
3: For we are the true circumcision,
who worship God in spirit, and glory in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in
4: Though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh
also. If any other man thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have
5: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of
the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law a Pharisee,
6: as to zeal a persecutor of the church, as to righteousness under
the law blameless.
7: But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for
the sake of Christ.
8: Indeed I count everything as loss because of
the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have
suffered the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, in order that I may
9: and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my
own, based on law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness
from God that depends on faith;
10: that I may know him and the power
of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his
11: that if possible I may attain the resurrection from the
12: Not that I have already obtained this or am already
perfect; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his
13: Brethren, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but
one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies
14: I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward
call of God in Christ Jesus.
15: Let those of us who are mature be
thus minded; and if in anything you are otherwise minded, God will reveal that
also to you.
16: Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
17: Brethren, join in imitating me, and mark those who so live as you
have an example in us.
18: For many, of whom I have often told you
and now tell you even with tears, live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
19: Their end is destruction, their god is the belly, and they glory
in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
20: But our
commonwealth is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
21: who will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by
the power which enables him even to subject all things to himself.
1: Therefore, my brethren, whom I love and long
for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
entreat Eu-o'dia and I entreat Syn'tyche to agree in the Lord.
I ask you also, true yokefellow, help these women, for they have labored side by
side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow
workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4: Rejoice in the Lord
always; again I will say, Rejoice.
5: Let all men know your
forbearance. The Lord is at hand.
6: Have no anxiety about anything,
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests
be made known to God.
7: And the peace of God, which passes all
understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8: Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if
there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about
9: What you have learned and received and heard and
seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.
10: I rejoice
in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me; you
were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity.
that I complain of want; for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be
12: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound; in
any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger,
abundance and want.
13: I can do all things in him who strengthens
14: Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.
And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I
left Macedo'nia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and
receiving except you only;
16: for even in Thessaloni'ca you sent me
help once and again.
17: Not that I seek the gift; but I seek the
fruit which increases to your credit.
18: I have received full
payment, and more; I am filled, having received from Epaphrodi'tus the gifts you
sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.
19: And my God will supply every need of yours according to his
riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
20: To our God and Father be glory
for ever and ever. Amen.
21: Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The
brethren who are with me greet you.
22: All the saints greet you,
especially those of Caesar's household.
23: The grace of the Lord
Jesus Christ be with your spirit.