Greeting

1 (A)Paul and (B)Timothy, (C)bond-servants of (D)Christ Jesus,To (E)all the (a)(F)saints in Christ Jesus who are in (G)Philippi, (b)including the (H)overseers and (I)deacons:

1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

1 Paul(A) and Timothy,(B) slaves of Christ Jesus:To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi,(C) including the overseers(D) and deacons.(E)

1 From: Paul and Timothy, servants of the Messiah Jesus. To: All the holy ones in Philippi, along with their overseers and ministers, who are in union with the Messiah Jesus.

1 Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed),To all the saints (God’s people) in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, including the overseers and deacons:

2 (J)Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 May grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus, the Messiah, be yours!

2 Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving

3 (K)I thank my God in all my remembrance of you,

3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,

3 I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you,(a)

3 I thank my God every time I remember you,

3 I thank my God in every remembrance of you,

4 always offering prayer with joy in (L)my every prayer for you all,

4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

4 always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer,

4 always praying joyfully in every one of my prayers for all of you

4 always offering every prayer of mine with joy [and with specific requests] for all of you,

5 in view of your (c)(M)participation in the (N)gospel (O)from the first day until now.

5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;

5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day(F) until now.(G)

5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.

5 [thanking God] for your participation and partnership [both your comforting fellowship and gracious contributions] in [advancing] the good news [regarding salvation] from the first day [you heard it] until now.

6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until (P)the day of Christ Jesus.

6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

6 I am sure of this, that He who started a good work(H) in you(b) will carry it on to completion(I) until the day of Christ Jesus.

6 I am convinced of this, that the one who began a good action among you will bring it to completion by the Day of the Messiah Jesus.

6 I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].(A)

7 (d)For (Q)it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I (R)have you in my heart, since both in my (e)(S)imprisonment and in the (T)defense and confirmation of the (U)gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me.

7 Even as it is meet for me to think this 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 of my grace.

7 It is right(J) for me to think this way about all of you, because I have you in my heart,(c) and you are all partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment(K) and in the defense(L) and establishment of the gospel.

7 For it is only right for me to think this way about all of you, because you're constantly on my mind. Both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, all of you are partners with me in this privilege.

7 It is right for me to feel this way about you, because [you have me in your heart as] I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the good news [regarding salvation], all of you share in [His matchless] grace with me.

8 For (V)God is my witness, how I long for you all with the (f)affection of (W)Christ Jesus.

8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.

8 For God is my witness,(M) how deeply I miss all of you(N) with the affection of Christ Jesus.

8 For God is my witness how much I long for all of you with the compassion that the Messiah Jesus provides.

8 For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus [whose great love fills me].

Prayer For Spiritual Maturity

9 And this I pray, that (X)your love may abound still more and more in (Y)real knowledge and all discernment,

9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

9 And I pray this: that your love(O) will keep on growing(P) in knowledge and every kind of discernment,(Q)

9 And this is my prayer, that your love will keep on growing more and more with full knowledge and insight,

9 And this I pray, that your love may abound more and more [displaying itself in greater depth] in real knowledge and in practical insight,

10 so that you may (g)(Z)approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless (h)until (AA)the day of Christ;

10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

10 so that you can approve the things that are superior(R) and can be pure(S) and blameless(T) in(d) the day of Christ,(U)

10 so that you may be able to choose what is best and be pure and blameless until the day when the Messiah returns,

10 so that you may learn to recognize and treasure what is excellent [identifying the best, and distinguishing moral differences], and that you may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ [actually living lives that lead others away from sin];

11 having been filled with the (AB)fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

11 filled with the fruit(V) of righteousness(W) that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory(X) and praise of God.

11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus the Messiah so that God will be glorified and praised.

11 filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God [so that His glory may be both revealed and recognized].

The Progress Of The Gospel

12 Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances (AC)have turned out for the greater progress of the (AD)gospel,

12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;

12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has actually resulted in the advance of the gospel,(Y)

12 Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has actually caused the gospel to advance.

12 Now I want you to know, (a)believers, that what has happened to me [this imprisonment that was meant to stop me] has actually served to advance [the spread of] the good news [regarding salvation].

13 so that my (i)(AE)imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole (j)praetorian guard and to (AF)everyone else,

13 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;

13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard,(e) and to everyone else, that my imprisonment is in the cause of Christ.

13 As a result, it has become clear to the whole imperial guard and to everyone else that I am in prison for preaching about the Messiah.

13 My imprisonment in [the cause of] Christ has become common knowledge throughout the whole (b)praetorian (imperial) guard and to everyone else.

14 and that most of the (k)brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my (l)(AG)imprisonment, have (AH)far more courage to speak the word of God without fear.

14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

14 Most of the brothers in the Lord have gained confidence from my imprisonment and dare even more to speak the message(f)(Z) fearlessly.

14 Moreover, because of my imprisonment the Lord has caused most of the brothers to become confident to speak God's word more boldly and courageously than ever before.

14 Because of my chains [seeing that I am doing well and that God is accomplishing great things], most of the (c)brothers have renewed confidence in the Lord, and have far more courage to speak the word of God [concerning salvation] without fear [of the consequences, seeing that God can work His good in all circumstances].

15 (AI)Some, to be sure, are preaching Christ even (m)from envy and strife, but some also (n)from good will;

15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

15 To be sure, some preach Christ out of envy and strife,(AA) but others out of good will.(g)

15 Some are preaching the Messiah because of jealousy and dissension, while others do so because of their good will.

15 Some, it is true, are [actually] preaching Christ out of envy and rivalry [toward me—for no better reason than a competitive spirit or misguided ambition], but others out of goodwill and a loyal spirit [toward me].

16 the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the (AJ)gospel;

16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:

16 These do so out of love,(AB) knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel;

16 The latter are motivated by love, because they know that I have been appointed to defend the gospel.

16 The latter [preach Christ] out of love, because they know that I have been put here [by God on purpose] for the defense of the gospel;

17 the former proclaim Christ (AK)out of selfish ambition (o)rather than from pure motives, thinking to cause me distress in my (p)(AL)imprisonment.

17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.

17 the others proclaim Christ out of rivalry,(AC) not sincerely, seeking to cause me anxiety in my imprisonment.(h)

17 The former proclaim the Messiah because they are selfishly ambitious and insincere, thinking that they will stir up trouble for me during my imprisonment.

17 but the former preach Christ [insincerely] out of selfish ambition [just self-promotion], thinking that they are causing me distress in my imprisonment.

To Live Is Christ

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,

18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

18 What does it matter? Just that in every way, whether out of false motives(AD) or true, Christ is proclaimed. And in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice

18 But so what? Just this that in every way, whether by false or true motives, the Messiah is being proclaimed. Because of this, I rejoice and will continue to rejoice.

18 What then [does it matter]? So long as in every way, whether in pretense [for self-promotion] or in all honesty [to spread the truth], Christ is being preached; and in this I rejoice.Yes, and I will rejoice [later as well],

Paul Honors Christ Whether He Lives Or Dies

19 for I know that this will turn out for my (q)deliverance (AM)through your (r)prayers and the provision of (AN)the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

19 because I know this will lead to my deliverance(i)(AE) through your prayers and help from the Spirit(AF) of Jesus Christ.(AG)

19 I know that this will result in my deliverance through your prayers and the help that comes from the Spirit of Jesus the Messiah.

19 for I know [with confidence] that this will turn out for my deliverance and spiritual well-being, through your prayers and the [superabundant] supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ [which upholds me].

Paul's Life For Christ

20 according to my (AO)earnest expectation and (AP)hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with (AQ)all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be (AR)exalted in my body, (AS)whether by life or by death.

20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

20 My eager expectation and hope(AH) is that I will not be ashamed about anything, but that now as always, with all boldness, Christ will be highly honored in my body, whether by life(AI) or by death.(AJ)

20 I rejoice because I eagerly expect and hope that I will have nothing to be ashamed of, because through my boldness the Messiah will be exalted through me, now as always, whether I live or die.

20 It is my own eager expectation and hope, that [looking toward the future] I will not disgrace myself nor be ashamed in anything, but that with courage and the utmost freedom of speech, even now as always, Christ will be magnified and exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

Living Is Christ

21 For to me, (AT)to live is Christ and to die is gain.

21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

21 For me, living is Christ(AK) and dying is gain.(AL)

21 For to me, to go on living is the Messiah, and to die is gain.

21 For to me, to live is Christ [He is my source of joy, my reason to live] and to die is gain [for I will be with Him in eternity].

22 (s)But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean (AU)fruitful labor for me; and I do not know (t)which to choose.

22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.

22 Now if I live on in the flesh, this means fruitful(AM) work(AN) for me; and I don’t know which one I should choose.

22 Now if I continue living, fruitful labor is the result, so I do not know which I would prefer.

22 If, however, it is to be life here and I am to go on living, this will mean useful and productive service for me; so I do not know which to choose [if I am given that choice].

23 But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the (AV)desire to depart and (AW)be with Christ, for that is very much better;

23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:

23 I am pressured by both. I have the desire to depart and be with Christ(AO)—which is far better(AP)

23 Indeed, I cannot decide between the two. I have the desire to leave this life and be with the Messiah, for that is far better.

23 But I am hard-pressed between the two. I have the desire to leave [this world] and be with Christ, for that is far, far better;

24 yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.

24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

24 but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you.

24 But for your sake it is better that I remain alive.

24 yet to remain in my body is more necessary and essential for your sake.

25 (AX)Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy (u)in the faith,

25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;

25 Since I am persuaded of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith,(AQ)

25 Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will continue to live and be with all of you, so you will mature in the faith and know joy in it.

25 Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith,

26 so that your (AY)proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again.

26 That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.

26 so that, because of me, your confidence may grow(AR) in Christ Jesus(AS) when I come to you again.

26 Then your rejoicing in the Messiah Jesus will increase along with mine when I visit with you again.

26 so that your rejoicing for me may overflow in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again.

Stand Firm For The Gospel

27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner (AZ)worthy of the (BA)gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are (BB)standing firm in (BC)one spirit, with one (v)mind (BD)striving together for the faith of the gospel;

27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

27 Just one thing: Live your life(AT) in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm(AU) in one(AV) spirit, with one mind,(j) working side by side for the faith(AW) that comes from the gospel,

27 The only thing that matters is that you continue to live as good citizens in a manner worthy of the gospel of the Messiah. Then, whether I come to see you or whether I stay away, I may hear all about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, struggling with one mind for the faith of the gospel,

27 Only [be sure to] lead your lives in a manner [that will be] worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I do come and see you or remain absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit [and one purpose], with one (d)mind striving side by side [as if in combat] for the faith of the gospel.

28 in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a (BE)sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God.

28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.

28 not being frightened in any way by your opponents.(AX) This is a sign of destruction for them,(AY) but of your deliverance(AZ)—and this is from God.

28 and that you are not intimidated by your opponents in any way. This is evidence that they will be destroyed and that you will be saved and all because of God.

28 And in no way be alarmed or intimidated [in anything] by your opponents, for such [constancy and fearlessness on your part] is a [clear] sign [a proof and a seal] for them of [their impending] destruction, but [a clear sign] for you of deliverance and salvation, and that too, from God.

29 For to you (BF)it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to (BG)suffer for His sake,

29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

29 For it has been given to you on Christ’s behalf not only to believe(BA) in Him, but also to suffer for Him,

29 For you have been given the privilege for the Messiah's sake not only to believe in him but also to suffer for him.

29 For you have been granted [the privilege] for Christ’s sake, not only to believe and confidently trust in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,

30 experiencing the same (BH)conflict which (BI)you saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

30 Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

30 having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I have.

30 You have the same struggle that you saw in me and now hear that I am still having.

30 [and so you are] experiencing the same [kind of] conflict which (e)you saw me endure, and which you hear to be mine now.

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