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Philippians 1 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:1 - 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]
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:2 - Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:3 - I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:4 - always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:5 - because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:6 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:7 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:8 - For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:9 - And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:10 - so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:11 - filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

The Advance of the Gospel

Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:12 - I want you to know, brothers,[fn] that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:13 - so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard[fn] and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:14 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:15 - Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:16 - The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:17 - The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:18 - 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,

To Live Is Christ

Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:19 - for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:20 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:21 - For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:22 - If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:23 - I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:24 - But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:25 - Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:26 - so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:27 - 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,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:28 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:29 - 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,
Unchecked Copy BoxPhl 1:30 - engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
ESV Footnotes
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. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verse 14
Greek in the whole praetorium
Some manuscripts add of God
Greek Only behave as citizens worthy
BLB Footnotes
The order for Philippians 1:16 & 17 is reversed in the mGNT Greek when compared to the TR Greek text. English translations based on the mGNT and TR Greek manuscripts will also follow their respective manuscript's order.  

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