1 Paul and Timothy, slaves of Messiah Yeshua,
To all the kedoshim in Messiah Yeshua who are in Philippi with the overseers and shammashim:
2 Grace to you and shalom from God our Father and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah.
Thanksgiving and Prayers of Joy
3 I thank my God at every memory of you, 4 always praying with joy in every prayer of mine for you all, 5 because of your sharing in the Good News from the first day until now. 6 I am sure of this very thing—that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the Day of Messiah Yeshua. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart—for you all are partakers of grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the Good News. 8 For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Messiah Yeshua.
9 Now this I pray, that your love might overflow still more and more in knowledge and depth of discernment, 10 in order to approve what is excellent—so that in the Day of Messiah you may be sincere and blameless, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Yeshua the Messiah, to the glory and praise of God.
Even in Chains, Proclaiming Messiah
12 Now I want you to know, brethren, that what has happened to me has actually resulted in the advancement of the Good News. 13 And so my imprisonment in the cause of Messiah has become well known throughout the whole Praetorian Guard and to everyone else. 14 Because of my imprisonment, most of the brethren have become confident in the Lord to dare more than ever to speak the message fearlessly. 15 Some are proclaiming the Messiah out of envy and strife, but others out of good will. 16 The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the Good News. 17 The former proclaim Messiah not sincerely, but out of selfishness—expecting to stir up trouble for me in my imprisonment. 18 But what does it matter? Only that in every way, whether in dishonesty or in truth, Messiah is being proclaimed—and in this I rejoice!
To Live Is Messiah Yes, and I will keep rejoicing, 19 for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance, through your intercession and the help of the Ruach of Messiah Yeshua. 20 My eager expectation and hope is that in no way will I be put to shame, but that with complete boldness Messiah will even now, as always, be exalted in my body—whether through life or through death. 21 For to me, to live is Messiah and to die is gain. 22 But if to live on in the body means fruit from my work, what shall I choose? I do not know. 23 I am torn between the two—having a desire to leave and be with Messiah, which is far better; 24 yet for your sake, to remain in the body is more necessary. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for the sake of your progress and joy in the faith— 26 so that your confidence in Messiah Yeshua might overflow because of me through my coming to you again.
27 Only live your lives in a manner worthy of the Good News of the Messiah. Then, whether I come and see you or I am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit—striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the Good News 28 and not being frightened in any way by your opponents. For them this is a sign of destruction, but for you salvation—and that from God. 29 For to you was granted for Messiah’s sake not only to trust in Him, but also to suffer for His sake— 30 experiencing the same struggle you saw in me and now you are hearing in me.
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