The Holy Bible, English Standard Version ©2001 Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. All rights reserved.
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11Paul and Timothy, servants1 of Christ Jesus,
To all the asaints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the boverseers2 and cdeacons:3
2dGrace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3eI thank my God fin all my remembrance of you,
4always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,
5gbecause of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
6And I am sure of this, that he who began ha good work in you iwill bring it to completion at jthe day of Jesus Christ.
7It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you kin my heart, for you are all lpartakers with me of grace,4 both min my imprisonment and in nthe defense and confirmation of the gospel.
8For oGod is my witness, phow I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.
9And it is my prayer that qyour love may abound more and more, rwith knowledge and all discernment,
10so that you may approve what is excellent, sand so be pure and blameless tfor the day of Christ,
11filled uwith the fruit of righteousness that comes vthrough Jesus Christ, wto the glory and praise of God.
The Advance of the Gospel
12I want you to know, brothers,5 that what has happened to me has really xserved to advance the gospel,
13so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard6 and yto all the rest that zmy imprisonment is for Christ.
14And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold ato speak the word7 without fear.
15bSome indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.
16The latter do it out of love, cknowing that I am put here for dthe defense of the gospel.
17The former proclaim Christ eout of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
18What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
To Live Is Christ
Yes, and I will rejoice,
19for I know that fthrough your prayers and gthe help of hthe Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance,
20as it is my eager expectation and hope ithat I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full jcourage now as always Christ kwill be honored in my body, lwhether by life or by death.
21For to me mto live is Christ, and to die is gain.
22If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.
23nI am hard pressed between the two. My desire is oto depart and pbe with Christ, for that is far better.
24But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
25qConvinced of this, rI know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your sprogress and tjoy in the faith,
26so that in me uyou may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
27Only vlet your manner of life be wworthy8 of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you xthat you are standing firm in one spirit, with yone mind zstriving side by side for the faith of the gospel,
28and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is aa clear sign to them of their destruction, but bof your salvation, and that from God.
29For cit has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also bsuffer for his sake,
30engaged in the same dconflict that eyou saw I had and now hear that I still have.