King James VersionPhilippians1


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: 2 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Fa­ther, and from the Lord Je­sus Christ. 3 I thank my God upon ev­ery re­mem­brance of you, 4 Al­ways in ev­ery prayer of mine for you all mak­ing re­quest with joy, 5 For your fel­low­ship in the gospel from the first day un­til now; 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: 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. 8 For God is my record, how great­ly I long af­ter you all in the bow­els of Je­sus Christ. 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowl­edge and in all judg­ment; 10 That ye may ap­prove things that are ex­cel­lent; that ye may be sin­cere and with­out of­fence till the day of Christ; 11 Be­ing filled with the fruits of righ­teous­ness, which are by Je­sus Christ, unto the glo­ry and praise of God. 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; 13 So that my bonds in Christ are man­i­fest in all the palace, and in all oth­er places; 14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, wax­ing con­fi­dent by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word with­out fear. 15 Some in­deed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: 16 The one preach Christ of con­tention, not sin­cere­ly, sup­pos­ing to add af­flic­tion to my bonds: 17 But the oth­er of love, know­ing that I am set for the de­fence of the gospel. 18 What then? notwith­stand­ing, ev­ery way, whether in pre­tence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I there­in do re­joice, yea, and will re­joice. 19 For I know that this shall turn to my sal­va­tion through your prayer, and the sup­ply of the Spir­it of Je­sus Christ, 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. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. 23 For I am in a strait be­twixt two, hav­ing a de­sire to de­part, and to be with Christ; which is far bet­ter: 24 Nev­er­the­less to abide in the flesh is more need­ful for you. 25 And hav­ing this con­fi­dence, I know that I shall abide and con­tin­ue with you all for your fur­ther­ance and joy of faith; 26 That your re­joic­ing may be more abun­dant in Je­sus Christ for me by my com­ing to you again. 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; 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. 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; 30 Hav­ing the same con­flict which ye saw in me, and now hear ­to be in me.