1 1 Paul and Timothy , bond-servants of Christ Jesus , To all the  saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi , including the overseers and deacons : 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ .
Paul's Prayer for the Philippian Christians
3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all , 5 in view of your  participation in the gospel from the first day until now . 6 For I am confident of this very thing , that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus .
7 For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all , because I have you in my heart , since both in my  imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel , you all are partakers of grace with me. 8 For God is my witness , how I long for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus .
9 And this I pray , that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment , 10 so that you may  approve the things that are excellent , in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ , to the glory and praise of God .
To Me to Live Is Christ
12 Now I want you to know , brethren , that my circumstances e have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel , 13 so that my  imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else , 14 and that most of the brethren , trusting in the Lord because of my  imprisonment , have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear . 15 Some , to be sure , are preaching Christ even from envy and strife , but some also from good will ; 16 the latter do it out of love , knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel ; 17 the former e proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition rather than from pure motives , thinking to cause me distress in my  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 deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ , 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope , that I will not be put to shame in anything , but that with all boldness , Christ will even now , as always , be exalted in my body , whether by life or by death .
21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain . 22 But if I am to live on in the flesh , this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose . 23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ , for that is very much better ; 24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake . 25 Convinced of this , I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith , 26 so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again .
27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ , so that whether I come and see you or remain absent , I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit , with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel ; 28 in no way alarmed by your opponents -which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God . 29 For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake , not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake , 30 experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
1:1 Or "holy ones"
1:1 Lit "with"
1:5 Or "sharing in the preaching of the gospel"
1:7 Lit "Just as it is right"
1:7 Lit "bonds"
1:8 Lit "inward parts"
1:10 Or "discover;" or "distinguish between the things which differ"
1:10 Or "for"
1:13 Lit "bonds"
1:13 Or "governor's palace"
1:14 Or "brethren in the Lord, trusting because of my bonds"
1:14 Lit "bonds"
1:15 Lit "because of"
1:15 Lit "because of"
1:17 Lit "not sincerely"
1:17 Lit "bonds"
1:19 Or "salvation"
1:19 Lit "supplication"
1:22 Or "But if to live in the flesh, this will be fruitful labor for me, then I"
1:22 Lit "what I shall choose"
1:25 Lit "of"
1:27 Lit "soul"