(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 in you will perfect it until (P)the day of Christ Jesus. [d]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 [e](S)imprisonment and in the (T)defense and confirmation of the (U)gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me. For (V)God is my witness, how I long for you all with the [f]affection of (W)Christ Jesus. And this I pray, that (X)your love may abound still more and more in (Y)real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may [g](Z)approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless [h]until (AA)the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the (AB)fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

The Gospel Is Preached

12 Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances (AC)have turned out for the greater progress of the (AD)gospel, 13 so that my [i](AE)imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole [j]praetorian guard and to (AF)everyone else, 14 and that most of the [k]brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my [l](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 [m]from envy and strife, but some also [n]from good will; 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 [o]rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my [p](AL)imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice.

Yes, and I will rejoice, 19 for I know that this will turn out for my [q]deliverance (AM)through your [r]prayers and the provision of (AN)the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my (AO)earnest 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 [s]But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean (AU)fruitful labor for me; and I do not know [t]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 sake. 25 (AX)Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy [u]in the faith, 26 so that your (AY)proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through 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 of you that you are (BB)standing firm in (BC)one spirit, with one [v]mind (BD)striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a (BE)sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that 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 for His sake, 30 experiencing the same (BH)conflict which (BI)you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.


  1. Philippians 1:1 Or holy ones
  2. Philippians 1:1 Lit with
  3. Philippians 1:5 Or sharing in the preaching of the gospel
  4. Philippians 1:7 Lit Just as it is right
  5. Philippians 1:7 Lit bonds
  6. Philippians 1:8 Lit inward parts
  7. Philippians 1:10 Or discover; or distinguish between the things which differ
  8. Philippians 1:10 Or for
  9. Philippians 1:13 Lit bonds
  10. Philippians 1:13 Or governor’s palace
  11. Philippians 1:14 Or brethren in the Lord, trusting because of my bonds
  12. Philippians 1:14 Lit bonds
  13. Philippians 1:15 Lit because of
  14. Philippians 1:15 Lit because of
  15. Philippians 1:17 Lit not sincerely
  16. Philippians 1:17 Lit bonds
  17. Philippians 1:19 Or salvation
  18. Philippians 1:19 Lit supplication
  19. Philippians 1:22 Or But if to live in the flesh, this will be fruitful labor for me, then I
  20. Philippians 1:22 Lit what I shall choose
  21. Philippians 1:25 Lit of
  22. Philippians 1:27 Lit soul