Revised English Version    

The Epistle of Paul to the Philippians  

Philippians Chapter 1  

1Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the holy ones in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons. 2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3I thank my God every time I remember you. 4In every prayer of mine for you, I always pray with joy 5because of your participation in the Good News from the first day until now. 6I am confident of this: that he who began a good work in you will continue to complete it right up to the Day of Christ Jesus. 7It is only right for me to think this way about all of you because I have you in my heart both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the Good News, and because all of you are partakers with me of grace. 8Indeed, God is my witness, how I long for you all with the bowels of compassion of Christ Jesus. 9And I keep praying this: that your love will continue to increase more and more, with knowledge and every kind of insight, 10so that you can determine the things that are best in order to be pure and blameless until the Day of Christ, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. 12Now I want you to know, brothers, that the things that happened to me have contributed to the advancement of the Good News. 13As a result of those things, my imprisonment for the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard,a and to everyone else, 14and most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord because of my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word of God without fear. 15Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ from envy and rivalry, but some from good will. 16The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am placed here for the defense of the Good News, 17but the others proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, thinking to cause trouble for me in my imprisonment. 18What really matters? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice. 19For I know that through your supplication and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, this will result in my salvation, 20as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be put to shame in any way, but with all boldness, now as always, Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life, or by death. 21For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.b 22But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what will I choose? I do not know. 23Now I am hard pressed from the two directions (having the intense desire for the return and to be with Christ, for it is much better by far), 24yet to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. 25And convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the Faith,c 26so that your reason for boasting in Christ Jesus will continue to increase because of me through my coming to you again. 27Only let your manner of life be worthy of the Good News of Christ, in order that whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one soul, contending together for the Faith, the Good News, 28and are not being frightened in any way by those who oppose you, which is a clear sign for them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God, 29because it has been graciously given to you, for the sake of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for his sake, 30having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

a[13]
The private army the emperor used to protect him.
b[21]
Not for Paul, who would be dead, but for the Church, just as his imprisonment was (cp. Phil. 1:12). Tertullian wrote: “The blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church.”
c[25]
“Faith” is used of the Christian Faith.