Philippians Chapter 1

New Testament / Epistle to the Philippians / Chapter 1

1-2 Paul and Timothy, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: Grace be to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3-8 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ; even 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 grace. For God is my witness, how greatly I long after you all in the affection of Jesus Christ.

9-11 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment, that you may approve things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

12-14 But I would have you understand, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places. And many of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much bolder to speak the word without fear.

15-18 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ in contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. What then? Notwithstanding, in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached, and therein I do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

19-26 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor; yet what I shall choose I do not know. For I am in a strait between the two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless, to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith, that your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.

27-29 Only let your conversation be as it is becoming of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and in nothing terrified by your adversaries, which is to them the evidence tken of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. For to you it has been given on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for his sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear is in me.

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