To The Philippians
Paul and Timothy, slaves of Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and ministers: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God at every remembrance of you, 4 in every petition of mine on your behalf I always make all the petitions with joy, over your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that the one who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus; 7 as it is right for me to think this on behalf of you all, because I have you in my heart, as both in my bonds and in defense and confirmation of the gospel you are all partakers of my grace. 8 For God is my witness how I long after all of you in the bowels of Christ Jesus. 9 And I pray this, that your love may yet abound more and more in full knowledge and all perception, 10 that you may prove the differing things, in order that you may be sincere and unoffending in the day of Christ, 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
12 Now I wish you to know, brothers, that the things about me have rather come to the advance of the gospel, 13 so that my bonds in Christ have become manifest in the praetorium and to all the rest, 14 and the majority of the brothers in the Lord, being confident in my bonds, dare more exceedingly fearlessly to speak the word of God. 15 Indeed some proclaim Christ even because of envy and strife, but some also because of goodwill; 16 these from love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel, 17 those from rivalry announce Christ, not purely, thinking to raise affliction to my bonds. 18 What then? Nevertheless that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is announced, and I rejoice in this; yet also I will rejoice; 19 for I know that this will result in salvation to me through your petition and supply of the spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my eager expectation and hope that I shall be shamed in nothing, but also as always Christ shall now be magnified in my body with all boldness, whether through life or through death. 21 For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 But if to live in the flesh, this to me is the fruit of my work, and what I shall choose I do not perceive. 23 But I am constrained by the two, having the desire to depart and to be with Christ, for this is by much rather better; 24 but to remain in the flesh is more necessary on account of you. 25 And being confident I know this, that I shall remain and continue with you all for your advance and joy of the faith, 26 in order that your boast in Christ Jesus may abound in me through my presence with you again.
27 Only conduct yourselves worthily of the gospel of Christ, in order that whether coming and seeing you or being absent I hear the things concerning you, that you stand in one spirit, with one soul striving 12 together in the faith of the gospel, 28 and are not terrified in any thing by the ones who oppose, which is to them a proof of destruction, but to you of salvation, and this from God; 29 because it was given to you on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer on his behalf, 30 having the same struggle which you saw in me and now hear in me.
Therefore if there is any comfort in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of spirit, if any compassions and pities, 2 fulfill my joy that you think the same thing, having the same love, being one in soul, thinking the one thing, 3 doing nothing by way of rivalry nor by way of vainglory, but in humility each deeming one another as surpassing themselves, 4 each one not looking at their own things, but each one also at the things of others. 5 Think this among you which also was in Christ Jesus, 6 who subsisting in the form of God did not deem it something to be held fast to be equal with God, 7 but emptied himself taking the form of a slave, becoming in man's likeness; and being found in fashion as a man 8 he humbled himself becoming obedient until death, and the death of a cross. 9 Wherefore God also highly exalted him and gave to him the name above every name, 10 in order that in the name of Jesus every knee of heavenly beings and earthly beings and beings under the earth should bend, 11 and every tongue should acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you always obeyed, not only as in my presence but now by rather more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for God is the one who operates in you both to will and to operate on behalf of his goodwill. 14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings, 15 in order that you may be blameless and harmless, faultless children of God in the midst of a generation that is crooked and has been perverted, among whom you shine as luminaries in the world, 16 holding up a word of life, that I may boast in the day of Christ, that I neither ran nor labored in vain. 17 But if I am indeed poured out on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and rejoice with you all; 18 and likewise you also rejoice and rejoice with me.
19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, in order that I also may be of good cheer knowing the things concerning you. 20 For I have no one else likeminded, who will genuinely care for the things concerning you; 21 for all seek their own things, not the things of Christ Jesus. 11 But you know his character, that as a child serves a father he served with me in the gospel. 23 Therefore I hope to send this one immediately whenever I see the things concerning me; 24 but I trust in the Lord that I myself will also come shortly. 25 But I deemed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow-worker and fellow-soldier, and your messenger and minister of my needs, 26 since he was longing after you all, and was troubled, because you heard that he ailed. 27 For he indeed ailed coming near to death; but God had mercy on him, and not only him but also me, lest I should have grief on grief. 28 Therefore, I more eagerly sent him, in order that you may rejoice seeing him again and I may be less grieved. 29 Therefore receive him in the Lord with all joy, and hold such ones honored, because exposing his life on account of the work of Christ he drew near as far as death, in order that he might fill up your lack of service toward me.
Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is indeed not irksome for me, but safe for you.
2 Watch out for the dogs, watch out for the evil workmen, watch out for the concision. 3 For we are the circumcision, the ones who worship by the spirit of God and boast in Christ Jesus and do not trust in the flesh, even though I also might have trust in the flesh. If any other man thinks to have cause to trust in the flesh, I more: circumcised the eighth day, of the race of Israel, the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews, a Pharisee according to the law, 6 zealously persecuting the church, being blameless according to the righteousness in the law. 7 But what things were gain to me, these I have deemed loss on account of Christ. 8 But no, rather, I also deem all things to be loss on account of the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, on account of whom I suffered the loss of all things, and deem them refuse in order that I might gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having as my righteousness one of the law, but one through faith in Christ, the righteousness of God based on faith, 10 to know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death, 11 if somehow I may attain to the out-resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have received or have been perfected already, but I follow if indeed I may lay hold, inasmuch as I was also laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brothers, I do not yet reckon myself to have laid hold; but I do one thing, forgetting on one hand the things behind, on the other stretching forward to the things before, 14 I follow according to a mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore as many as are perfect, let us think this; and if you think anything otherwise, God will reveal even this to you; 16 nevertheless to what we have arrived, by the same we should walk. 17 Be fellow-imitators of me, brothers, and mark the ones thus walking as you have us as an example. 18 For many walk, of whom I often said to you, and now I also say weeping, as enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 of whom their end is destruction, of whom their god is their belly and their glory is in their shame, the ones who think earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also await a Savior, Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will change the body of our humiliation, making it conformed to the body of his glory, according to the operation of his ability to even subject all things to himself.
Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brothers, my joy and crown, so stand in the Lord, beloved.
2 I beseech Euodia and I beseech Syntyche to think the same things in the Lord. 3 Yes, I also ask you, genuine yoke-fellow, help them, who struggled with me in the gospel, also with Clement and my remaining fellow-workers, whose names are in the book of life. 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your forbearance be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious about nothing, but in everything let your request be made known to God by prayer and petitions with thanksgivings. 7 And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things honorable, whatever things just, whatever things pure, whatever things lovable, whatever things well-spoken of, if any virtue and if any praise, 9 consider these things; which things you both learned and received and you heard and saw in me, practice these; and the God of peace will be with you.
10 Now I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that now at length you revived your thought for me; as to which you indeed had thought, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I speak by way of lack; for I learned to be self-sufficient in what conditions I am. 12 I both know to be humbled, and I know to abound; in everything and in all things I have been initiated, both to be filled and to hunger, both to abound and to lack. 13 I can do all things in the one who empowers me. 14 Nevertheless you did well by having partnership in my affliction. 15 And you also know, Philippians, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I went out from Macedonia, not one church except only you shared with me in matter of giving and receiving, 16 because indeed you sent both once and twice to my need in Thessalonica. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit increasing to your account. 18 But I have all things and abound; I have been filled, receiving from Epaphroditus the things from you, a sweet smelling odor, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God. 19 And my God will fill all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be the glory unto the ages of the ages: Amen.
21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, but most of all those of the household of Caesar.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.