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Philippians 1 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Paul and Timothy, servants[fn] of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers[fn] and deacons:[fn]

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Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,

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always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,

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because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.

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And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

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It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace,[fn] both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.

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For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.

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And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,

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so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,

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filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

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I want you to know, brothers,[fn] that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,

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so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard[fn] and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.

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And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word[fn] without fear.

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Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.

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The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.

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The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.

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What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,

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for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance,

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as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.

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For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

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If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.

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I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.

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But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.

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Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,

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so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.

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Only let your manner of life be worthy[fn] of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,

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and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God.

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For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,

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engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
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Or slaves (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)
Or bishops; Greek episkopoi
Or servants, or ministers; Greek diakonoi
Or you all have fellowship with me in grace
Or brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to men or to both men and women who are siblings (brothers and sisters) in God’s family, the church; also verse 14
Greek in the whole praetorium
Some manuscripts add of God
Greek Only behave as citizens worthy

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