(A)Paul and (B)Timothy, (C)bond-servants of (D)Christ Jesus,

To (E)all the [a](F)saints in Christ Jesus who are in (G)Philippi, [b]including the (H)overseers and (I)deacons: (J)Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

(K)I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in (L)my every prayer for you all, in view of your [c](M)participation in the (N)gospel (O)from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work [d]among you will complete it [e]by (P)the day of Christ Jesus. [f]For (Q)it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I (R)have you in my heart, since both in my [g](S)imprisonment and in the (T)defense and confirmation of the (U)gospel, you all are [h]partakers of grace with me. For (V)God is my witness, how I long for you all with the [i]affection of (W)Christ Jesus. And this I pray, that (X)your love may overflow still more and more in (Y)real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may [j](Z)discover the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and blameless for (AA)the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the (AB)fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, for the glory and praise of God.

The Gospel Is Preached

12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that my circumstances (AC)have turned out for the greater progress of the (AD)gospel, 13 so that my [k](AE)imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the [l]praetorian guard and to (AF)everyone else, 14 and that most of the brothers and sisters, [m]trusting in the Lord because of my [n](AG)imprisonment, have (AH)far more courage to speak the word of God without fear. 15 (AI)Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even [o]from envy and strife, but some also [p]from goodwill; 16 the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the (AJ)gospel; 17 the former proclaim Christ (AK)out of selfish ambition [q]rather than from pure motives, thinking that they are causing me distress in my [r](AL)imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in this I rejoice.

But not only that, I also will rejoice, 19 for I know that this will turn out for my [s]deliverance (AM)through your [t]prayers and the provision of (AN)the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my (AO)eager expectation and (AP)hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with (AQ)all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be (AR)exalted in my body, (AS)whether by life or by death.

To Live Is Christ

21 For to me, (AT)to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 [u]But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean (AU)fruitful labor for me; and I do not know [v]which to choose. 23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the (AV)desire to depart and (AW)be with Christ, for that is very much better; 24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sakes. 25 (AX)Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy [w]in the faith, 26 so that your (AY)pride in Christ Jesus may be abundant because of me by my coming to you again.

27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner (AZ)worthy of the (BA)gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear about you that you are (BB)standing firm in (BC)one spirit, with one [x]mind (BD)striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 and in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a (BE)sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and this too, from God. 29 For to you (BF)it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to (BG)suffer on His behalf, 30 experiencing the same (BH)conflict which (BI)you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

Be like Christ

Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any (BJ)fellowship of the Spirit, if any [y](BK)affection and compassion, (BL)make my joy complete [z]by (BM)being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing [aa]from [ab](BN)selfishness or (BO)empty conceit, but with humility (BP)consider one another as more important than yourselves; (BQ)do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. (BR)Have this attitude [ac]in yourselves which was also in (BS)Christ Jesus, who, as He already (BT)existed in the (BU)form of God, (BV)did not consider equality with God something to be [ad]grasped, but [ae](BW)emptied Himself by taking the form of a (BX)bond-servant and [af](BY)being born in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, (BZ)He humbled Himself by becoming (CA)obedient to the point of death: (CB)death [ag]on a cross. (CC)For this reason also God (CD)highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him (CE)the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus (CF)every knee will bow, of (CG)those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is (CH)Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12 So then, my beloved, (CI)just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own (CJ)salvation with (CK)fear and trembling; 13 for it is (CL)God who is at work in you, both to [ah]desire and to work (CM)for His good pleasure.

14 Do all things without (CN)complaining or arguments; 15 so that you will [ai]prove yourselves to be (CO)blameless and innocent, (CP)children of God above reproach in the midst of a (CQ)crooked and perverse generation, among whom you [aj](CR)appear as [ak]lights in the world, 16 holding firmly the word of life, so that on (CS)the day of Christ I can take pride because I did not (CT)run in vain nor (CU)labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being (CV)poured out as a drink offering upon (CW)the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. 18 You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.

Timothy and Epaphroditus

19 But I hope, [al]in the Lord Jesus, to (CX)send (CY)Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition. 20 For I have no one else (CZ)of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all (DA)seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus. 22 But you know (DB)of his proven character, that (DC)he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel (DD)like a child serving his father. 23 (DE)Therefore I hope to send him immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me; 24 and (DF)I trust in the Lord that I myself will also be coming shortly. 25 But I thought it necessary to send to you (DG)Epaphroditus, my brother and (DH)fellow worker and (DI)fellow soldier, who is also your [am](DJ)messenger and (DK)minister to my need, 26 because he was longing [an]for you all and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but also on me, so that I would not have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I have sent him all the more eagerly, so that when you see him again you may rejoice and I may be less concerned about you. 29 (DL)Receive him then in the Lord with all joy, and (DM)hold people like him in high regard, 30 because he came close to death [ao](DN)for the work of Christ, risking his life to (DO)compensate [ap]for your absence in your service to me.

The Goal of Life

Finally, my brothers and sisters, (DP)rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble for me, and it is a safeguard for you.

Beware of the (DQ)dogs, beware of the (DR)evil workers, beware of the [aq]false circumcision; for (DS)we are the true [ar]circumcision, who (DT)worship in the Spirit of God and take (DU)pride in (DV)Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh, although (DW)I myself could boast as having confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he is confident in the flesh, I have more reason: (DX)circumcised the eighth day, of the (DY)nation of Israel, of the (DZ)tribe of Benjamin, a (EA)Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, (EB)a Pharisee; as to zeal, (EC)a persecutor of the church; as to the (ED)righteousness which is in the Law, found (EE)blameless.

But (EF)whatever things were gain to me, these things I have counted as loss because of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss [as]in view of the surpassing value of [at](EG)knowing (EH)Christ Jesus my Lord, [au]for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them mere rubbish, so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having (EI)a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, (EJ)the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10 that I may (EK)know Him and (EL)the power of His resurrection and [av](EM)the fellowship of His sufferings, being (EN)conformed to His death; 11 if somehow I may (EO)attain to the resurrection from the dead.

12 Not that I have already [aw](EP)grasped it all or have already (EQ)become perfect, but I press on if I may also (ER)take hold of that [ax]for which I (ES)was even taken hold of by (ET)Christ Jesus. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not regard myself as having taken hold of it yet; but one thing I do: (EU)forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I (EV)press on toward the goal for the prize of the (EW)upward call of God in (EX)Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore, all who are [ay](EY)mature, let’s have this attitude; and if in anything you have a (EZ)different attitude, (FA)God will reveal that to you as well; 16 however, let’s keep [az](FB)living by that same standard to which we have attained.

17 Brothers and sisters, (FC)join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the (FD)pattern you have in us. 18 For (FE)many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even as I (FF)weep, that they are the enemies of (FG)the cross of Christ, 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their [ba](FH)appetite, and whose (FI)glory is in their shame, who (FJ)have their minds on earthly things. 20 For (FK)our [bb]citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly (FL)wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will (FM)transform the body of our lowly condition into (FN)conformity with [bc]His (FO)glorious body, (FP)by the exertion of the power that He has even to (FQ)subject all things to Himself.

Think of Excellence

Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, [bd]whom I (FR)long to see, my joy and crown, (FS)stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to [be](FT)live in harmony in the Lord. Indeed, true [bf]companion, I ask you also, help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement as well as the rest of my (FU)fellow workers, whose (FV)names are in the book of life.

(FW)Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all people. (FX)The Lord is [bg]near. (FY)Do not [bh]be anxious about anything, but in everything by (FZ)prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And (GA)the peace of God, which surpasses all [bi]comprehension, will (GB)guard your hearts and (GC)minds in (GD)Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, (GE)whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is [bj]lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think about these things. As for the things you have learned and received and heard and seen (GF)in me, practice these things, and (GG)the God of peace will be with you.

God’s Provisions

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last (GH)you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned before, but you lacked an opportunity to act. 11 Not that I speak [bk]from need, for I have learned to be [bl](GI)content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with little, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going (GJ)hungry, both of having abundance and (GK)suffering need. 13 I can do all things [bm]through Him who (GL)strengthens me. 14 Nevertheless, you have done well to (GM)share with me in my difficulty.

15 You yourselves also know, Philippians, that at the [bn](GN)first preaching of the gospel, after I left (GO)Macedonia, no church (GP)shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving except you alone; 16 for even in (GQ)Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs. 17 (GR)Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek the [bo]profit which increases to your account. 18 But I have received everything in full and have an abundance; I am [bp]amply supplied, having received from (GS)Epaphroditus [bq]what you have sent, [br](GT)a fragrant aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. 19 And (GU)my God will supply [bs]all your needs according to His (GV)riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 Now to (GW)our God and Father (GX)be the glory [bt]forever and ever. Amen.

21 Greet every [bu]saint in Christ Jesus. (GY)The brothers who are with me greet you. 22 (GZ)All the [bv](HA)saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.

23 (HB)The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ (HC)be with your spirit.


  1. Philippians 1:1 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
  2. Philippians 1:1 Lit with
  3. Philippians 1:5 Or sharing in the preaching of the gospel
  4. Philippians 1:6 Or in
  5. Philippians 1:6 Lit until
  6. Philippians 1:7 Lit Just as it is right
  7. Philippians 1:7 Lit bonds
  8. Philippians 1:7 Or partners in
  9. Philippians 1:8 Lit inward parts
  10. Philippians 1:10 Or approve the things that matter
  11. Philippians 1:13 Lit bonds
  12. Philippians 1:13 Or governor’s palace
  13. Philippians 1:14 Or in the Lord, trusting because of
  14. Philippians 1:14 Lit bonds
  15. Philippians 1:15 Lit because of
  16. Philippians 1:15 Lit because of
  17. Philippians 1:17 Lit not sincerely
  18. Philippians 1:17 Lit bonds
  19. Philippians 1:19 Or salvation
  20. Philippians 1:19 Lit supplication
  21. Philippians 1:22 Or But if to live in the flesh, this will be fruitful labor for me, then I
  22. Philippians 1:22 Lit what I shall choose
  23. Philippians 1:25 Lit of
  24. Philippians 1:27 Lit soul
  25. Philippians 2:1 Lit inward parts
  26. Philippians 2:2 Lit that you be
  27. Philippians 2:3 Lit according to
  28. Philippians 2:3 Or contentiousness
  29. Philippians 2:5 Or among
  30. Philippians 2:6 Or seized
  31. Philippians 2:7 I.e., set aside His divine rights
  32. Philippians 2:7 Or having come to be
  33. Philippians 2:8 Lit of
  34. Philippians 2:13 Or be willing
  35. Philippians 2:15 Or become
  36. Philippians 2:15 Or shine
  37. Philippians 2:15 Or luminaries, stars
  38. Philippians 2:19 Or trusting in
  39. Philippians 2:25 Lit apostle
  40. Philippians 2:26 One early ms to see you all
  41. Philippians 2:30 Lit because of
  42. Philippians 2:30 Lit your deficiency of service
  43. Philippians 3:2 Lit mutilation; Gr katatome
  44. Philippians 3:3 Gr peritome
  45. Philippians 3:8 Lit because of
  46. Philippians 3:8 Lit the knowledge of
  47. Philippians 3:8 Lit because of
  48. Philippians 3:10 Or participation in
  49. Philippians 3:12 Or obtained
  50. Philippians 3:12 Or because also
  51. Philippians 3:15 Or perfect
  52. Philippians 3:16 Lit following in line
  53. Philippians 3:19 Lit belly
  54. Philippians 3:20 Lit commonwealth
  55. Philippians 3:21 Lit the body of His glory
  56. Philippians 4:1 Lit and longed for
  57. Philippians 4:2 Or be of the same mind
  58. Philippians 4:3 Lit yokefellow
  59. Philippians 4:5 Or at hand
  60. Philippians 4:6 I.e., have anxiety
  61. Philippians 4:7 Lit mind
  62. Philippians 4:8 Or lovable and gracious
  63. Philippians 4:11 Lit according to
  64. Philippians 4:11 Or self-sufficient
  65. Philippians 4:13 Lit in
  66. Philippians 4:15 Lit beginning of
  67. Philippians 4:17 Lit fruit
  68. Philippians 4:18 Lit made full
  69. Philippians 4:18 Lit the things from you
  70. Philippians 4:18 Lit an odor of fragrance
  71. Philippians 4:19 Or every need of yours
  72. Philippians 4:20 Lit to the ages of the ages
  73. Philippians 4:21 Or holy one; i.e., God’s people
  74. Philippians 4:22 See note v 21

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