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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

1 Tim. 3:8, 12

See Acts 20:28

2 Cor. 1:1; Col. 1:2

Or servants, or ministers; Greek diakonoi

Or bishops; Greek episkopoi

Or slaves (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)

2dGrace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Rom. 1:7; 1 Cor. 1:3

Thanksgiving and Prayer

3eI thank my God fin all my remembrance of you,

Rom. 1:9; Eph. 1:16; 2 Tim. 1:3

See Rom. 1:8

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.

[2:12; 4:15; Acts 16:12-40]

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.

See 1 Cor. 1:8

Ps. 57:2 (Heb.); 138:8; [1 Thess. 5:24]

[1 Thess. 1:3]

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.


Acts 20:23; 26:29; Col. 4:18; 2 Tim. 2:9; Philem. 10, 13; See Eph. 3:1


2 Cor. 7:3

Or you all have fellowship with me in grace

8For oGod is my witness, phow I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.

[4:1; Rom. 1:11; 15:23; 1 Thess. 3:6; 2 Tim. 1:4]

See Rom. 1:9; 9:1

9And it is my prayer that qyour love may abound more and more, rwith knowledge and all discernment,

Col. 1:9; 3:10; Philem. 6

1 Thess. 3:12; 2 Thess. 1:3

10so that you may approve what is excellent, sand so be pure and blameless tfor the day of Christ,


Acts 24:16; 1 Thess. 3:13; 5:23

11filled uwith the fruit of righteousness that comes vthrough Jesus Christ, wto the glory and praise of God.

See Eph. 1:12, 14

[John 15:4]

[Col. 1:6, 10]; See James 3:18

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,

25; 1 Tim. 4:15

Or brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated brothers) refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to men or to both men and women who are siblings (brothers and sisters) in God's family, the church; also verse 14

13so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard6 and yto all the rest that zmy imprisonment is for Christ.

[Luke 21:13]; See 7

[Acts 28:30; 2 Tim. 2:9]

Greek in the whole praetorium

14And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold ato speak the word7 without fear.

[Acts 4:31]

Some manuscripts add of God

15bSome indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.

See 2 Cor. 11:13

16The latter do it out of love, cknowing that I am put here for dthe defense of the gospel.


[1 Cor. 9:17]

17The former proclaim Christ eout of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.

2:3; See James 3:14

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,

See Acts 16:7

Gal. 3:5

See 2 Cor. 1:11

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.

Rom. 14:8

[1 Cor. 6:20]

See Acts 4:13

Rom. 5:5; [Joel 2:27; 2 Tim. 2:15]

21For to me mto live is Christ, and to die is gain.

[Gal. 2:20]

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.

See John 12:26

2 Tim. 4:6

[2 Cor. 5:8]

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,

Rom. 15:13


[Acts 20:25]


26so that in me uyou may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.

See 2 Cor. 1:14

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,

Jude 3

[2:2; 1 Cor. 1:10]

See 1 Cor. 16:13

See Eph. 4:1


Greek Only behave as citizens worthy

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.

See Acts 14:22

[2 Thess. 1:5]

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,

[See 28 above]

See Matt. 5:12

30engaged in the same dconflict that eyou saw I had and now hear that I still have.

Acts 16:19-40; 1 Thess. 2:2

Col. 1:29; 2:1; 1 Tim. 6:12; 2 Tim. 4:7; [Heb. 10:32]