The Gospel Is Preached

12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that my circumstances (A)have turned out for the greater progress of the (B)gospel, 13 so that my [a](C)imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the [b]praetorian guard and to (D)everyone else, 14 and that most of the brothers and sisters, [c]trusting in the Lord because of my [d](E)imprisonment, have (F)far more courage to speak the word of God without fear. 15 (G)Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even [e]from envy and strife, but some also [f]from goodwill; 16 the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the (H)gospel; 17 the former proclaim Christ (I)out of selfish ambition [g]rather than from pure motives, thinking that they are causing me distress in my [h](J)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 [i]deliverance (K)through your [j]prayers and the provision of (L)the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my (M)eager expectation and (N)hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with (O)all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be (P)exalted in my body, (Q)whether by life or by death.

To Live Is Christ

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

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Footnotes

  1. Philippians 1:13 Lit bonds
  2. Philippians 1:13 Or governor’s palace
  3. Philippians 1:14 Or in the Lord, trusting because of
  4. Philippians 1:14 Lit bonds
  5. Philippians 1:15 Lit because of
  6. Philippians 1:15 Lit because of
  7. Philippians 1:17 Lit not sincerely
  8. Philippians 1:17 Lit bonds
  9. Philippians 1:19 Or salvation
  10. Philippians 1:19 Lit supplication
  11. Philippians 1:22 Or But if to live in the flesh, this will be fruitful labor for me, then I
  12. Philippians 1:22 Lit what I shall choose
  13. Philippians 1:25 Lit of