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Chapter 1

1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus being in Philippi, with {the} overseers and deacons. 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and {the} Lord Jesus Christ.

3 I thank my God in all {my} remembrance of you, 4 always, in every prayer of mine for all of you, making {my} prayer with joy 5 because of your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; 6 having been persuaded of this very {thing}, that the one having begun a good work in you will perfect {it} until {the} day of Jesus Christ; 7 just as it is right for me to think this {way} about all of you because, I have you in {my} heart, all of you being partakers with me of grace both in my chains and in {my} defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God {is} my witness, how I long for all of you with {the} inner parts of Christ Jesus. 9 And I pray this: that your love would abound still more and more in knowledge and all understanding 10 so that you may approve {what} excels, so that you might be pure and blameless until {the} day of Christ, 11 being filled with {the} fruit of righteousness {that is} through Jesus Christ to {the} glory and praise of God.

12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that the {things} concerning me have really happened for {the} advancement of the gospel. 13 As a result, my chains in Christ became apparent among the whole palace guard and all the others. 14 And most of the brothers have been encouraged in the Lord by my chains to dare more fearlessly to speak the word. 15 Some indeed even proclaim Christ because of envy and strife, but also some because of goodwill, 16 the ones indeed from love having understood that I am appointed for {the} defense of the gospel, 17 but the ones from selfish ambition proclaim Christ not sincerely, supposing to raise up trouble in my chains. 18 What then? Only that in every way—whether in pretext or in truth—Christ is proclaimed, and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that this will result to me in deliverance through your prayers and {the} provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my eager expectation and hope that I will in nothing be ashamed, but in everything have boldness, and {that} now, as always, Christ will be exalted in my body, whether through life or through death. 21 For to me to live {is} Christ, and to die {is} gain. 22 Now if to live in {the} flesh, this {is} fruitful labor for me, but I do not know which I will choose. 23 But I am hard pressed between the two, having the desire to depart and to be with Christ, for {that is} very much better, 24 but to remain in the flesh {is} more necessary for your sake. 25 And having been persuaded of this, I know that I will remain and will continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith 26 so that in me your boasting in Christ Jesus might abound through my coming to you again. 27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ so that whether having come and having seen you or whether being absent, I might hear about you, that you stand firm in one spirit, with one soul striving together for the faith of the gospel. 28 And do not be frightened in anything by the ones opposing {you}. This is a sign to them of {their} destruction, but of your salvation—and this from God. 29 For it has been freely given to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer on behalf of him, 30 having the same struggle which you saw in me, and now you hear in me.

Chapter 2

1 Therefore, if {there is} any encouragement in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of {the} Spirit, if any affections and compassions, 2 fulfill my joy that you might think the same, having the same love, united in soul, thinking the one {thing}. 3 {Do} nothing according to selfish ambition or according to empty conceit, but with humility considering others better than yourselves, 4 each one not considering the {things} of themselves, but also the {things} of each other. 5 Have this attitude in you which also {was} in Christ Jesus,

     6 who, existing in {the} form of God,

     did not consider being equal with God

     something to be grasped.

     7 Instead, he emptied himself,

     having taken {the} form of a servant,

     having been born in {the} likeness of men,

     and having been found in appearance as a man,

     8 he humbled himself, having become obedient to the point of death,

     even death on a cross!

     9 Therefore, God also highly exalted him

     and gave him the name {that is} above every name

     10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee would bend,

     in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

     11 and every tongue would confess that Jesus Christ {is} Lord,

     to {the} glory of God {the} Father.

12 So then, my beloved, just as you always obeyed, not only as in my presence, but now much more in my absence, work out {your} own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For God is the one working in you both to will and to work for {his} good pleasure. 14 Do all {things} without complaining or arguing 15 so that you might become blameless and pure, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine as lights in {the} world, 16 holding forth {the} word of life for my boasting on {the} day of Christ that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out as an offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and rejoice with you all. 18 Now in the same manner, you also rejoice and rejoice with me.

19 Now I hope in {the} Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon so that I also might be encouraged, having come to know the {things} concerning you. 20 For I have no one like-minded, who will be genuinely anxious about the {things} concerning you, 21 for they all seek {their} own {things}, not the {things} of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know his proven worth, that as a child with {his} father, he served with me in the gospel. 23 Therefore, I hope to send him at once, as soon as I would see {how} the {things} concerning me {go}. 24 But I trust in {the} Lord that I myself will also come soon. 25 Now I consider {it} necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister for my needs, 26 seeing that he has been longing to be with you all, and he is distressed because you heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick nearly to death, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only, but also on me, so that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore, I sent him all the more eagerly, so that, having seen him again, you might rejoice, and I might be free from pain. 29 Therefore, welcome him in {the} Lord with all joy, and hold in honor the ones such as {him}, 30 since for the sake of the work of Christ, he came near even to death, risking {his} life so that he might make up your lack of service to me.

Chapter 3

1 {As to} the rest, my brothers, rejoice in {the} Lord. For me to write these same {things} to you {is} no trouble, and {is} a safeguard for you. 2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the mutilation. 3 For we are the circumcision—the ones worshiping by {the} Spirit of God and boasting in Christ Jesus and having no confidence in {the} flesh, 4 although I myself having confidence even in {the} flesh. If anyone else thinks to have confidence in {the} flesh, I even more: 5 circumcision on the eighth day, from {the} nation of Israel, of {the} tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; according to {the} law, a Pharisee; 6 according to zeal, persecuting the church; according to righteousness {that is} in {the} law, having become blameless. 7 Whatever {things} were gains for me, I consider these {things} loss for the sake of Christ. 8 But on the contrary, I consider even all {things} to be loss because of the surpassing value of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, because of whom I have suffered the loss of all {things}—and I consider {them} dung—so that I might gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having my own righteousness {that is} from law, but {that which is} through faith in Christ—the righteousness from God by faith— 10 to know him and the power of his resurrection and {the} fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death, 11 if, in some way, I might attain to the resurrection {that is} from {the} dead. 12 Not that I already received {it}, or have already been made perfect, but I am pursuing {it}, if perhaps I might also grasp that for which I was also grasped by Christ Jesus. 13 Brothers, I do not consider myself to have grasped {it}. But one {thing}: forgetting {what is} behind and straining for {what is} ahead, 14 I press on toward {the} goal for the prize of the upward calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore, as many as {are} perfect should think this {way}; and if you think differently about anything, God will also reveal that to you. 16 However, in what we have attained, we should live in it.

17 Become imitators of me, brothers, and watch closely the ones walking in this manner, just as you have us {as} an example. 18 For many walk—about whom I have often told you, but now even weeping, I say—{as} the enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 whose end {is} destruction, whose god {is their} belly, and {whose} glory {is} in their shame, the ones thinking about earthly things. 20 But our citizenship exists in heaven, from where we also eagerly await a Savior, {the} Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to conformity to his glorious body, according to the working of his power even to subject all {things} to himself.

Chapter 4

1 Therefore, my brothers, beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in {the} Lord, beloved.

2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to think the same in {the} Lord. 3 Yes, I also ask you, true companion, to help these {women} who labored with me in the gospel, with also Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names {are} in {the} Book of Life.

4 Rejoice in {the} Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord {is} near. 6 Be anxious about nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God, 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 {As to} the rest, brothers, as many as are true, as many as honorable, as many as just, as many as pure, as many as lovely, as many as reputable, if anything {is} virtuous, and if anything {is} praiseworthy, think about these {things}. 9 And what you learned and received and heard and saw in me, do these {things}, and the God of peace will be with you.

10 Now I greatly rejoice in {the} Lord, because now at last you renewed {your} concern on my behalf, for which indeed you were concerned, but were lacking opportunity. 11 Not that I speak according to need, for I myself have learned in whatever I am to be content. 12 I know both {how} to be brought low, and I know {how} to abound. In each {situation} and in all {situations}, I have learned both to be filled and to be hungry, and to abound and to be in need. 13 I can do all {things} in the one strengthening me. 14 However, you did well, having shared together in my affliction. 15 Now you Philippians also know that in {the} beginning of the gospel, when I went out from Macedonia, no church shared with me in {the} matter of giving and receiving except you alone, 16 for even in Thessalonica, both once and twice you sent for my needs. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit {that} is increasing to your account. 18 Now I have all {things} in full, and I abound. I have been filled, having received from Epaphroditus the {things} from you, an aroma, a sweet smell, an acceptable, pleasing sacrifice to God. 19 Now my God will fulfill all your need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father {be} the glory forever {and} ever. Amen.

21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, but especially the ones from the household of Caesar.

23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ {be} with your spirit. Amen. [1]

4:23 [1] Some ancient copies do not have Amen.