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  • 1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons :

  • 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • 3 I thank my God every time I remember you.

  • 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy

  • 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,

  • 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

  • 7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.

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

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

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

  • 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

  • 12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.

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

  • 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.

  • 15 It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.

  • 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.

  • 17 The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.

  • 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 prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.

  • 20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.