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Chapter 1

1:1 Paul and Timothy, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the elders and deacons:

1:2 grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

1:3 I thank my God on every remembrance of you,

1:4 always in every prayer of mine for you, making all requests with joy,

1:5 for your participation in the gospel from the first day until now;

1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He which has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ:

1:7 just as it is right for me to have this mindset of you all, because I have you in my heart; in as much as both in my chains, and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are joint participants with me of grace.

1:8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all in the affections of Jesus Christ.

1:9 So this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in full knowledge and in all discernment;

1:10 that you may distinguish between the things that differ; that you may be sincere and without offense until the day of Christ.

1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

1:12 But I would have you understand, brothers, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the advancement of the gospel;

1:13 so that my chains are manifest in Christ in all the Praetorium, and in all other places;

1:14 for many of the brothers in the Lord, growing confident because of my chains, are much bolder to speak the word without fear.

1:15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

1:16 the one indeed preaches Christ for contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains:

1:17 but the other out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel.

1:18 What then? Only that, in every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.

1:19 For I know that this will turn to my deliverance through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

1:20 according to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing will I be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

1:22 But if I live on in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor: yet what I will choose I do not know.

1:23 For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

1:24 nevertheless to stay on in the flesh is more needed by you.

1:25 So having this confidence, I know that I will stay and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith;

1:26 that your boasting may be more abundant in Jesus Christ in me through my presence with you again.

1:27 Only be a citizen worthy of the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one soul striving together for the faith of the gospel;

1:28 in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an obvious proof of destruction, but to you your salvation, and that from God.

1:29 For to you it is given in behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake;

1:30 having the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear is in me.