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And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

It is right and appropriate for me to have this confidence and feel this way about you all, because [a]you have me in your heart and I hold you in my heart as partakers and sharers, one and all with me, of grace (God’s unmerited favor and spiritual blessing). [This is true] both when I am shut up in prison and when I am out in the defense and confirmation of the good news (the Gospel).

For God is my witness how I long for and [b]pursue you all with love, in the tender mercy of Christ Jesus [Himself]!

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Footnotes

  1. Philippians 1:7 Alternate translation.
  2. Philippians 1:8 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament.

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