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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians

1:1Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus that are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: 1:2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1:3I thank my God upon all my remembrance of you, 1:4always in every supplication of mine on behalf of you all making my supplication with joy, 1:5for your fellowship in furtherance of the gospel from the first day until now; 1:6being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ: 1:7even as it is right for me to be thus minded on behalf of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as, both in my bonds and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers with me of grace. 1:8For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus. 1:9And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment; 1:10so that ye may approve the things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and void of offence unto the day of Christ; 1:11being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are through Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. 1:12Now I would have you know, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the progress of the gospel; 1:13so that my bonds became manifest in Christ throughout the whole praetorian guard, and to all the rest; 1:14and that most of the brethren in the Lord, being confident through my bonds, are more abundantly bold to speak the word of God without fear. 1:15Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: 1:16the one do it of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel; 1:17but the other proclaim Christ of faction, not sincerely, thinking to raise up affliction for me in my bonds. 1:18What then? only that in every way, whether in pretence or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and therein I rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. 1:19For I know that this shall turn out to my salvation, through your supplication and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 1:20according to my earnest expectation and hope, that in nothing shall I be put to shame, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether by life, or by death. 1:21For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 1:22But if to live in the flesh, --if this shall bring fruit from my work, then what I shall choose I know not. 1:23But I am in a strait betwixt the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ; for it is very far better: 1:24yet to abide in the flesh is more needful for your sake. 1:25And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide, yea, and abide with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith; 1:26that your glorying may abound in Christ Jesus in me through my presence with you again. 1:27Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ: that, whether I come and see you and be absent, I may hear of your state, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one soul striving for the faith of the gospel; 1:28and in nothing affrighted by the adversaries: which is for them an evident token of perdition, but of your salvation, and that from God; 1:29because to you it hath been granted in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer in his behalf: 1:30having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

2:1If there is therefore any exhortation in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender mercies and compassions, 2:2make full my joy, that ye be of the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind; 2:3doing nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each counting other better than himself; 2:4not looking each of you to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others. 2:5Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 2:6who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, 2:7but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men; 2:8and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, yea, the death of the cross. 2:9Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name; 2:10that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things under the earth, 2:11and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 2:12So then, my beloved, even as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 2:13for it is God who worketh in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure. 2:14Do all things without murmurings and questionings: 2:15that ye may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom ye are seen as lights in the world, 2:16holding forth the word of life; that I may have whereof to glory in the day of Christ, that I did not run in vain neither labor in vain. 2:17Yea, and if I am offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all: 2:18and in the same manner do ye also joy, and rejoice with me. 2:19But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. 2:20For I have no man likeminded, who will care truly for your state. 2:21For they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ. 2:22But ye know the proof of him, that, as a child serveth a father, so he served with me in furtherance of the gospel. 2:23Him therefore I hope to send forthwith, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me: 2:24but I trust in the Lord that I myself also shall come shortly. 2:25But I counted it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow-worker and fellow-soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need; 2:26since he longed after you all, and was sore troubled, because ye had heard that he was sick: 2:27for indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow. 2:28I have sent him therefore the more diligently, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. 2:29Receive him therefore in the Lord with all joy; and hold such in honor: 2:30because for the work of Christ he came nigh unto death, hazarding his life to supply that which was lacking in your service toward me.

3:1Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not irksome, but for you it is safe. 3:2Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the concision: 3:3for we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God, and glory in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh: 3:4though I myself might have confidence even in the flesh: if any other man thinketh to have confidence in the flesh, I yet more: 3:5circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 3:6as touching zeal, persecuting the church; as touching the righteousness which is in the law, found blameless. 3:7Howbeit what things were gain to me, these have I counted loss for Christ. 3:8Yea verily, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but refuse, that I may gain Christ, 3:9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of mine own, even that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith: 3:10that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death; 3:11if by any means I may attain unto the resurrection from the dead. 3:12Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on, if so be that I may lay hold on that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus. 3:13Brethren, I could not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before, 3:14I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 3:15Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye are otherwise minded, this also shall God reveal unto you: 3:16only, whereunto we have attained, by that same rule let us walk. 3:17Brethren, be ye imitators together of me, and mark them that so walk even as ye have us for an ensample. 3:18For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 3:19whose end is perdition, whose god is the belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things. 3:20For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 3:21who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things unto himself.

4:1Wherefore, my brethren beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my beloved. 4:2I exhort Euodia, and I exhort Syntyche, to be of the same mind in the Lord. 4:3Yea, I beseech thee also, true yokefellow, help these women, for they labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow-workers, whose names are in the book of life. 4:4Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice. 4:5Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 4:6In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 4:7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. 4:8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 4:9The things which ye both learned and received and heard and saw in me, these things do: and the God of peace shall be with you. 4:10But I rejoice in the Lord greatly, that now at length ye have revived your thought for me; wherein ye did indeed take thought, but ye lacked opportunity. 4:11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content. 4:12I know how to be abased, and I know also how to abound: in everything and in all things have I learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in want. 4:13I can do all things in him that strengtheneth me. 4:14Howbeit ye did well that ye had fellowship with my affliction. 4:15And ye yourselves also know, ye Philippians, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church had fellowship with me in the matter of giving and receiving but ye only; 4:16for even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my need. 4:17Not that I seek for the gift; but I seek for the fruit that increaseth to your account. 4:18But I have all things, and abound: I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the things that came from you, and odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God. 4:19And my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 4:20Now unto our God and Father be the glory for ever and ever. Amen. 4:21Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren that are with me salute you. 4:22All the saints salute you, especially they that are of Caesar's household. 4:23The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

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