Philippians 1 (New International Version)

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1 Paul and Timothy,1 servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints2 in Christ Jesus at Philippi,3 together with the overseersa4 and deacons:5 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.6

Thanksgiving and Prayer

3 I thank my God every time I remember you.7 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray8 with joy 5 because of your partnership9 in the gospel from the first day10 until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion11 until the day of Christ Jesus.12 7 It is right13 for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart;14 for whether I am in chains15 or defending16 and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me. 8 God can testify17 how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And this is my prayer: that your love18 may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,19 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,20 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness21 that comes through Jesus Christ--to the glory and praise of God.

Paul's Chains Advance the Gospel

12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guardb and to everyone else that I am in chains22 for Christ. 14 Because of my chains,23 most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.24 15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.25 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition,26 not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.c27 18 But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers28 and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ,29 what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.d30 20 I eagerly expect31 and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage32 so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,33 whether by life or by death.34 21 For to me, to live is Christ35 and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart36 and be with Christ,37 which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me. 27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy38 of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm39 in one spirit, contending40 as one man for the faith of the gospel 28 without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved--and that by God. 29 For it has been granted to you41 on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer42 for him, 30 since you are going through the same struggle43 you saw44 I had, and now hear45 that I still have.
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