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Philippians 1 (New American Standard)

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Thanksgiving

1 1Paul and 2Timothy, 3bond-servants of 4Christ Jesus, To 5all the a6saints in Christ Jesus who are in 7Philippi, bincluding the 8overseers and 9deacons: 2 10Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 11I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always offering prayer with joy in 12my every prayer for you all, 5 in view of your c13participation in the 14gospel 15from the first day until now. 6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until 16the day of Christ Jesus. 7 dFor 17it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I 18have you in my heart, since both in my e19imprisonment and in the 20defense and confirmation of the 21gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. 8 For 22God is my witness, how I long for you all with the faffection of 23Christ Jesus. 9 And this I pray, that 24your love may abound still more and more in 25real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may g26approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless huntil 27the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the 28fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

The Gospel Is Preached

12 Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances 29have turned out for the greater progress of the 30gospel, 13 so that my i31imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole jpraetorian guard and to 32everyone else, 14 and that most of the kbrethren, trusting in the Lord because of my l33imprisonment, have 34far more courage to speak the word of God without fear. 15 35Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even mfrom envy and strife, but some also nfrom good will; 16 the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the 36gospel; 17 the former proclaim Christ 37out of selfish ambition orather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my p38imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that this will turn out for my qdeliverance 39through your rprayers and the provision of 40the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my 41earnest expectation and 42hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with 43all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be 44exalted in my body, 45whether by life or by death.

To Live Is Christ

21 For to me, 46to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 sBut if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean 47fruitful labor for me; and I do not know twhich to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the 48desire to depart and 49be with Christ, for that is very much better; 24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. 25 50Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy uin the faith, 26 so that your 51proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again. 27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner 52worthy of the 53gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are 54standing firm in 55one spirit, with one vmind 56striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 in no way alarmed by your opponents -which is a 57sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God. 29 For to you 58it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to 59suffer for His sake, 30 experiencing the same 60conflict which 61you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
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