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The Letter of Paul to the Philippians

Full Text The Letter of Paul to the Philippians

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.

II.  

If then there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort from love, if any communion of the Spirit, if any tender affection and compassion, 2make my joy complete, that ye be of the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord, of the one mind; 3doing nothing through contentiousness or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each esteeming others better than himself; 4regarding not each one his own, but each one also the things of others. 5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus; 6who, being in the form of God, did not account it robbery to be equal with God; 7but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave him a name which is above every name; 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of beings in heaven, and of beings on earth, and of beings under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13for it is God who works in you both to will and to perform, of his good pleasure.

14Do all without murmurings and disputings; 15that ye may become blameless and simple, children of God, unreproachable, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom ye appear as do the heavenly lights in the world; 16holding forth the word of life; for a ground of glorying to me at the day of Christ, that I did not run in vain, or labor in vain.

17But even if I am poured out on the sacrifice and ministration of your faith, I rejoice, and I rejoice with you all. 18For the same cause, do ye also rejoice, and rejoice with me.

19But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy shortly to you, that I also may be cheered, when I know your state. 20For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. 21For all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ. 22But ye know the proof of him, that, as a child with a father, he served with me for the gospel. 23Him therefore I hope to send without delay, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me; 24but I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly. 25Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labor, and fellow-soldier, but your messenger and minister to my wants. 26For he was longing after you all, and was much distressed, because ye heard that he was sick. 27For indeed he was sick near to death; but God had mercy on him, and not on him only, but on me also, that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow. 28I sent him therefore with the more haste, that seeing him again ye might rejoice, and that I may be less sorrowful. 29Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such in honor; 30because for the work of Christ he came near to death, hazarding his life, that he might supply what things were lacking on your part, of the ministration to me.

III.  

Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me is not burdensome, and for you it is safe.

2Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the concision. 3For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God, and glory in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. 4Though I have confidence also in the flesh. If any other thinks that he has confidence in the flesh, I more; 5circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, persecuting the church; as to the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

7But what things were gain to me, these I have accounted loss for Christ. 8Nay more, and I account all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord; for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and account them refuse, that I may gain Christ, 9and be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is of God, upon faith; 10that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death; 11if by any means I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

12Not that I already obtained [the prize], or have already been perfected; but I pursue onward, if I may lay hold of that for which I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13Brethren, I do not count myself to have laid hold of it; but one thing I do, forgetting the things behind, and reaching forth to the things before, 14I pursue on toward the mark, for the prize of the heavenly calling of God in Christ Jesus.

15Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, be of this mind; and if in any thing ye are otherwise minded, this also God will reveal to you. 16Nevertheless, whereto we have attained, in the same let us walk.

17Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark those who so walk, as ye have us for an example. 18For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ; 19whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things. 20For our citizenship is in heaven; from whence we also look for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21who will transform the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working with which he is able also to subject all things to himself.

1Therefore, my brethren beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved.

2I beseech Euodia, and I beseech Syntyche, to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3Yea, I entreat thee also, true yoke-fellow, help these women, who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow-laborers, whose names are in the book of life.

4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5Let your forbearance be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9The things also, which ye learned, and received, and heard, and saw in me, these do; and the God of peace will be with you.

10But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at length ye revived again in your care for my welfare; for which ye were also careful, but lacked opportunity. 11Not that I speak in respect of want; for I learned, in whatever state I am, to be content. 12I both know how to be abased, and I know how to abound; in every thing, and in all things, I am instructed, both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in want. 13I can do all things, in him who strengthens me.

14Notwithstanding, ye did well to share with me in my affliction. 15And ye also know, Philippians, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I went forth from Macedonia, no church communicated with me in an account of giving and receiving, but ye only; 16that also in Thessalonica, ye sent once and again to my necessity. 17Not that I seek for the gift; but I seek for the fruit that abounds to your account.

18But I have all, and abound; I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things sent from you, an odor of sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God. 19But my God will supply all your need, according to his riches in glory, in Christ Jesus.

20Now to God and our Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

21Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me salute you.

22All the saints salute you, but especially they that are of Cæsar's household.

23The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirits.