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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]!

And this I pray: that your love may abound yet more and more and extend to its fullest development in knowledge and all keen insight [that your love may [c]display itself in greater depth of acquaintance and more comprehensive discernment],

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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.
  3. Philippians 1:9 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament.

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