Philippians 1:7-17 NIV

7 It is right1 for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart;2 for whether I am in chains3 or defending4 and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me.

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      8 God can testify5 how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

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      9 And this is my prayer: that your love6 may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,7

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      10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,8

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          11 filled with the fruit of righteousness9 that comes through Jesus Christ--to the glory and praise of God.

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          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.

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              13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guarda and to everyone else that I am in chains10 for Christ.

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                • b 1:13 - Or "whole palace"
                  14 Because of my chains,11 most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.12

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                      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.13

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                        • 25 1:16 - ver 7,12
                          17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition,14 not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.b15

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                            • c 1:17 - ,17 Some late manuscripts have verses 16 and 17 in reverse order.