1 Paul and Timotheus,
the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus
which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
2 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from
the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request
5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until
6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun
a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because
I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in
the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers
of my grace.
8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in
the bowels of Jesus Christ.
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more
in knowledge and in all judgment;
10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may
be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are
by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things
which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance
of the gospel;
13 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace,
and in all other places;
14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by
my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some
also of good will:
16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing
to add affliction to my bonds:
17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence
of the gospel.
18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence,
or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea,
and will rejoice.
19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your
prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in
nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always,
so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it
be by life, or by death.
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour:
yet what I shall choose I wot not.
23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart,
and to be with Christ; which is far better:
24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and
continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;
26 That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ
for me by my coming to you again.
27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of
Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent,
I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit,
with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to
them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation,
and that of God.
29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only
to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
30 Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear
to be in me.
1 If there be therefore
any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship
of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love,
being of one accord, of one mind.
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness
of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on
the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be
equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form
of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and
became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him
a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things
in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is
Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in
my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out
your own salvation with fear and trembling.
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do
of his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without
rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among
whom ye shine as lights in the world;
16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the
day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured
17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of
your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.
18 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.
19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto
you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.
20 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for
21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.
22 But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father,
he hath served with me in the gospel.
23 Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall
see how it will go with me.
24 But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly.
25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus,
my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but
your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.
26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because
that ye had heard that he had been sick.
27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy
on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have
sorrow upon sorrow.
28 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see
him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.
29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and
hold such in reputation:
30 Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not
regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.