The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians

{1:1} Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saintsin Christ Jesus that are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:{1:2} Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord JesusChrist. {1:3} I thank my God upon all my remembrance of you, {1:4}always in every supplication of mine on behalf of you all making mysupplication with joy, {1:5} for your fellowship in furtherance of thegospel from the first day until now; {1:6} being confident of this verything, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until theday of Jesus Christ: {1:7} even as it is right for me to be thus mindedon behalf of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as, bothin my bonds and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye allare partakers with me of grace. {1:8} For God is my witness, how I longafter you all in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus. {1:9} And this Ipray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and alldiscernment; {1:10} so that ye may approve the things that areexcellent; that ye may be sincere and void of offence unto the day ofChrist; {1:11} being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which arethrough Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. {1:12} Now Iwould have you know, brethren, that the things [which happened] unto mehave fallen out rather unto the progress of the gospel; {1:13} so thatmy bonds became manifest in Christ throughout the whole praetorianguard, and to all the rest; {1:14} and that most of the brethren in theLord, being confident through my bonds, are more abundantly bold tospeak the word of God without fear. {1:15} Some indeed preach Christeven of envy and strife; and some also of good will: {1:16} the one [doit] of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel;{1:17} but the other proclaim Christ of faction, not sincerely,thinking to raise up affliction for me in my bonds. {1:18} What then?only that in every way, whether in pretence or in truth, Christ isproclaimed; and therein I rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. {1:19} For Iknow that this shall turn out to my salvation, through yoursupplication and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, {1:20}according to my earnest expectation and hope, that in nothing shall Ibe put to shame, but [that] with all boldness, as always, [so] now alsoChrist shall be magnified in my body, whether by life, or by death.{1:21} For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. {1:22} But ifto live in the flesh, –[if] this shall bring fruit from my work, thenwhat I shall choose I know not. {1:23} But I am in a strait betwixt thetwo, having the desire to depart and be with Christ; for it is very farbetter: {1:24} yet to abide in the flesh is more needful for your sake.{1:25} And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide, yea, andabide with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith; {1:26} thatyour glorying may abound in Christ Jesus in me through my presence withyou again. {1:27} Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospelof Christ: that, whether I come and see you and be absent, I may hearof your state, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one soul strivingfor the faith of the gospel; {1:28} and in nothing affrighted by theadversaries: which is for them an evident token of perdition, but ofyour salvation, and that from God; {1:29} because to you it hath beengranted in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but alsoto suffer in his behalf: {1:30} having the same conflict which ye sawin me, and now hear to be in me.

{2:1} If there is therefore any exhortation in Christ, if anyconsolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tendermercies and compassions, {2:2} make full my joy, that ye be of the samemind, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind; {2:3}[doing] nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in lowlinessof mind each counting other better than himself; {2:4} not looking eachof you to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others.{2:5} Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: {2:6} who,existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality withGod a thing to be grasped, {2:7} but emptied himself, taking the formof a servant, being made in the likeness of men; {2:8} and being foundin fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient [even] untodeath, yea, the death of the cross. {2:9} Wherefore also God highlyexalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name;{2:10} that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] inheaven and [things] on earth and [things] under the earth, {2:11} andthat every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to theglory of God the Father. {2:12} So then, my beloved, even as ye havealways obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in myabsence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; {2:13}for it is God who worketh in you both to will and to work, for his goodpleasure. {2:14} Do all things without murmurings and questionings:{2:15} that ye may become blameless and harmless, children of Godwithout blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation,among whom ye are seen as lights in the world, {2:16} holding forth theword of life; that I may have whereof to glory in the day of Christ,that I did not run in vain neither labor in vain. {2:17} Yea, and if Iam offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, andrejoice with you all: {2:18} and in the same manner do ye also joy, andrejoice with me. {2:19} But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothyshortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know yourstate. {2:20} For I have no man likeminded, who will care truly foryour state. {2:21} For they all seek their own, not the things of JesusChrist. {2:22} But ye know the proof of him, that, as a child [serveth]a father, [so] he served with me in furtherance of the gospel. {2:23}Him therefore I hope to send forthwith, so soon as I shall see how itwill go with me: {2:24} but I trust in the Lord that I myself alsoshall come shortly. {2:25} But I counted it necessary to send to youEpaphroditus, my brother and fellow-worker and fellow-soldier, and yourmessenger and minister to my need; {2:26} since he longed after youall, and was sore troubled, because ye had heard that he was sick:{2:27} for indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy onhim; and not on him only, but on me also, that I might not have sorrowupon sorrow. {2:28} I have sent him therefore the more diligently,that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the lesssorrowful. {2:29} Receive him therefore in the Lord with all joy; andhold such in honor: {2:30} because for the work of Christ he came nighunto death, hazarding his life to supply that which was lacking in yourservice toward me.

{3:1} Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the samethings to you, to me indeed is not irksome, but for you it is safe.{3:2} Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of theconcision: {3:3} for we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spiritof God, and glory in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh:{3:4} though I myself might have confidence even in the flesh: if anyother man thinketh to have confidence in the flesh, I yet more: {3:5}circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe ofBenjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; {3:6}as touching zeal, persecuting the church; as touching the righteousnesswhich is in the law, found blameless. {3:7} Howbeit what things weregain to me, these have I counted loss for Christ. {3:8} Yea verily, andI count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge ofChrist Jesus my Lord: for whom I suffered the loss of all things, anddo count them but refuse, that I may gain Christ, {3:9} and be found inhim, not having a righteousness of mine own, [even] that which is ofthe law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousnesswhich is from God by faith: {3:10} that I may know him, and the powerof his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becomingconformed unto his death; {3:11} if by any means I may attain unto theresurrection from the dead. {3:12} Not that I have already obtained, oram already made perfect: but I press on, if so be that I may lay holdon that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus. {3:13}Brethren, I could not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing [Ido], forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward tothe things which are before, {3:14} I press on toward the goal unto theprize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. {3:15} Let ustherefore, as many as are perfect, be thus minded: and if in anythingye are otherwise minded, this also shall God reveal unto you: {3:16}only, whereunto we have attained, by that same [rule] let us walk.{3:17} Brethren, be ye imitators together of me, and mark them that sowalk even as ye have us for an ensample. {3:18} For many walk, of whomI told you often, and now tell you even weeping, [that they are] theenemies of the cross of Christ: {3:19} whose end is perdition, whosegod is the belly, and [whose] glory is in their shame, who mind earthlythings. {3:20} For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we waitfor a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: {3:21} who shall fashion anew thebody of our humiliation, [that it may be] conformed to the body of hisglory, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject allthings unto himself.

{4:1} Wherefore, my brethren beloved and longed for, my joy andcrown, so stand fast in the Lord, my beloved. {4:2} I exhort Euodia,and I exhort Syntyche, to be of the same mind in the Lord. {4:3} Yea, Ibeseech thee also, true yokefellow, help these women, for they laboredwith me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of myfellow-workers, whose names are in the book of life. {4:4} Rejoice inthe Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice. {4:5} Let your forbearancebe known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. {4:6} In nothing beanxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgivinglet your requests be made known unto God. {4:7} And the peace of God,which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and yourthoughts in Christ Jesus. {4:8} Finally, brethren, whatsoever thingsare true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just,whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoeverthings are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be anypraise, think on these things. {4:9} The things which ye both learnedand received and heard and saw in me, these things do: and the God ofpeace shall be with you. {4:10} But I rejoice in the Lord greatly, thatnow at length ye have revived your thought for me; wherein ye didindeed take thought, but ye lacked opportunity. {4:11} Not that I speakin respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am,therein to be content. {4:12} I know how to be abased, and I know alsohow to abound: in everything and in all things have I learned thesecret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be inwant. {4:13} I can do all things in him that strengtheneth me. {4:14}Howbeit ye did well that ye had fellowship with my affliction. {4:15}And ye yourselves also know, ye Philippians, that in the beginning ofthe gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church had fellowshipwith me in the matter of giving and receiving but ye only; {4:16} foreven in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my need. {4:17} Notthat I seek for the gift; but I seek for the fruit that increaseth toyour account. {4:18} But I have all things, and abound: I am filled,having received from Epaphroditus the things [that came] from you, andodor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God.{4:19} And my God shall supply every need of yours according to hisriches in glory in Christ Jesus. {4:20} Now unto our God and Father[be] the glory for ever and ever. Amen. {4:21} Salute every saint inChrist Jesus. The brethren that are with me salute you. {4:22} All thesaints salute you, especially they that are of Caesar’s household.{4:23} The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

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