PAUL THE APOSTLE
Philippians 1 ©
1 After the superscription of this epistle, and the usual salutation. 3 The apostle declares that he thanks God for the Philippians’ communion in the Gospel. 6 And that he trusts that they will increase therein and in all Christian virtues more and more. 12 Describes his tribulation and bonds, which he suffered for the Gospel’s sake, and the fruit which came by the same. 15 Teaches that the Gospel is by some preached out of goodwill and love, to his comfort, and by others out of envy and strife, to his grief in his bonds. 19 Yet that he trusts that the same shall fall out for his salvation and for the magnifying of Christ, whether it be by life or by death. 21 Declares that he is ready for both, seeing both were profitable; to remain alive for the congregation, and to die for himself. 25 And that he hopes that he shall yet remain alive for a while for the service of the congregation. 27 Again adds an exhortation to unity, to courage, and patience in tribulations. 30 According to his example.
PAUL and 1Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at 2Philippi, with the 3bishops and 4deacons:
Graceabe unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ib thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
5For 6your fellowship in the gospel from 7the first day until now;
Being confident of this very thing, that 8he which hath begun 9ac good work in you will 10perform it 11until the day of Jesus Christ:
Even as it is meet 12for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both ind my bonds, and in the 13defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of 14my grace.
Fore15God is my record, how greatly I 16long after you all in the 17bowelsf of 18Jesus Christ.
And this I pray, that 19your love may abound yet more and more in 20knowledge and in all 21judgment;
That ye may 22approve 23things that are excellent; that ye may be 24sincere and 25without offence till 26the day of Christ;
Being filled with the fruits 27of righteousness, 28which are by Jesus Christ, 29unto the glory and praise of God.
But 30I would ye should understand, brethren, that 31the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather 32unto the furtherance of the gospel;
So that 33my bonds 34in Christ are manifest 35in all the palace, and in 36all other places;
Andg many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing 37confident 38by my bonds, are much more bold to speak 39the word without fear.
40Some indeed preach Christ even of 41envy and 42strife; and some also 43of good will:
The one preach Christ of contention, 44not sincerely, supposing to add 45affliction to my bonds:
But the other 46of love, knowing that I am 47set 48for the defence of the gospel.
49What then? notwithstanding, 50every way, whether 51in pretence, or 52in truth, Christ is preached; and I 53therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
Forh I know 54that this shall turn to my salvation 55through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
According to my 56earnest expectation and my hope, thati in nothing I shall be 57ashamed, but that with all boldness, 58as always, so now also Christ shall be 59magnified 60in my body, 61whether it be by life, 62or by death.
63For to me 64to live is Christ, and 65to die is gain.
But if I 66live in the flesh, 67this is the fruit of my labour: yet 68what I shall choose 69I wot not.
For I 70am in a strait 71betwixt two, having a desire 72to depart, and to be 73with Christ; which is 74far better:
Nevertheless to abide 75in the flesh is more needful 76for you.
And having this 77confidence, I know that I shall 78abide and continue 79with you all 80for your furtherance and joy 81of faith;
That 82your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ 83for me by 84my coming to you again.
Onlyj85let your conversationk be as it 86becometh 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 87one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
And in nothing terrified by 88your adversaries: which is 89to them 90an evident token of perdition, but 91to you of salvation, and that 92of God.
For unto you it is 93given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on 94him, but also 95to suffer 96for his sake;
97Having the same conflict which ye saw 98in me, and 99now hear to be in me.