1Paul and Timothy, slaves of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:2Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3I thank my God upon every remembrance of you4always in every prayer of mine for you all, making request with joy,5for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,6being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ.
7Even as it is right for me to think this of you all because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are joint partakers of my grace.8For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
9And this I pray that your charity may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all perception,10that ye may approve the best, that ye may be sincere and without offense until the day of Christ,11being filled with fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
12But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel,13so that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace and in all other places;14and many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.15Some indeed preach the Christ even out of envy and strife, but others also out of good will.16Some preach the Christ out of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add tribulation to my bonds,17but the others out of charity, knowing that I am placed here for the defense of the gospel.18What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached, and I therein do rejoice, and will even rejoice.19For I know that this shall become my saving health through your prayer and the nourishment of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,20according to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death.
21For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.22But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour, yet I do not know what to choose.23For I am in a strait between the two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better:24nevertheless, to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.25And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith,26that your glorying in Jesus Christ may be more abundant by my coming to you again.
27Only let your conversation be as is worthy of the gospel of Christ, that whether I come and see you or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, unanimous, working together for the faith of the gospel,28and in nothing terrified by your adversaries, which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of saving health and that of God.29For unto you it is granted regarding Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake,30having the same conflict which ye saw in me and now hear to be in me.