I. Paul and Timothy, servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons:
2Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3I thank my God on every remembrance of you,—
4always, in every supplication of mine, making the supplication for you all with joy,—
5for your fellowship in respect to the gospel from the first day until now;
6being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
7As it is just for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; being all of you, both in my bonds, and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, partakers of the grace with me.
8For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all, with the tender affection of Jesus Christ.
9And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more, in knowledge and all discernment;
10in order that ye may approve the things that are most excellent, that ye may be pure and without offense unto the day of Christ;
11being filled with the fruit of righteousness, which is by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
12But I desire that ye should know, brethren, that the things which befell me have resulted rather in the furtherance of the gospel;
13so that my bonds have become manifest in Christ in all the Prætorium, and to all the rest;
14and that the greater part of the brethren, made confident in the Lord by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
15Some indeed preach Christ also from envy and strife, but some also from good will;
16the one, out of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel;
17the other, out of contentiousness, proclaim Christ not with pure intent, supposing that they shall add affliction to my bonds.
18What then? Notwithstanding, in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and therein I rejoice, yea, and shall rejoice.
19For I know that this will turn out for my salvation, through your supplication, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ;
20according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I shall in nothing be put to shame, but that with all boldness, as always, so also now Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether by life, or by death.
21For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
22But if it be to live in the flesh, this to me is fruit of labor; and which I shall choose I know not;
23but am constrained by the two, having the desire to depart, and to be with Christ, for it is far better;
24but to remain in the flesh is more needful for your sakes.
25And being persuaded of this, I know that I shall remain, and shall continue with you all for your furtherance and joy in the faith;
26that your glorying may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me, through my coming to you again.
27Only let your deportment be as becomes the gospel of Christ; that whether I come and see you, or remain absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
28and in nothing terrified by the adversaries; which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.
29Because to you it was granted in behalf of Christ,—not only to believe on him,—but in his behalf to suffer also;
30having the same conflict as ye saw in me, and now hear of in me.