Philippians 1

Greeting

1Paul and Timothy, servants
Or slaves (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)
of Christ Jesus,

To all the b  saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the c  overseers
Or bishops; Greek episkopoi
and e  deacons:
Or servants, or ministers; Greek diakonoi

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

Thanksgiving and Prayer

3 h  I thank my God i  in all my remembrance of you, 4always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 j  because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6And I am sure of this, that he who began k  a good work in you l  will bring it to completion at m  the day of Jesus Christ. 7It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you n  in my heart, for you are all o  partakers with me of grace
Or  you all have fellowship with me in grace
both q  in my imprisonment and in r  the defense and confirmation of the gospel.
8For s  God is my witness t  how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9And it is my prayer that u  your love may abound more and more v  with knowledge and all discernment, 10so that you may approve what is excellent, w  and so be pure and blameless x  for the day of Christ, 11filled y  with the fruit of righteousness that comes z  through Jesus Christ aa  to the glory and praise of God.

The Advance of the Gospel

12I want you to know, brothers,
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
that what has happened to me has really ac  served to advance the gospel,
13so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard
Greek in the whole praetorium
and ae  to all the rest that af  my imprisonment is for Christ.
14And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold ag  to speak the word
Some manuscripts add of God
without fear.

15 ai  Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. 16The latter do it out of love, aj  knowing that I am put here for ak  the defense of the gospel. 17The former proclaim Christ al  out 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 am  through your prayers and an  the help of ao  the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20as it is my eager expectation and hope ap  that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full aq  courage now as always Christ ar  will be honored in my body, as  whether by life or by death. 21For to me at  to 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. 23 au  I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is av  to depart and aw  be with Christ, for that is far better. 24But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 ax  Convinced of this ay  I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your az  progress and ba  joy in the faith, 26so that in me bb  you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.

27Only bc  let your manner of life be bd  worthy
Greek  Only behave as citizens worthy
of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you bf  that you are standing firm in one spirit, with bg  one mind bh  striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,
28and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is bi  a clear sign to them of their destruction, but bj  of your salvation, and that from God. 29For bk  it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also bl  suffer for his sake, 30engaged in the same bm  conflict that bn  you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

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