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Book 50 Philippians 001:001 Paul and Timothy, servants of Jesus Christ; To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers{or, superintendents, or bishops} and servants{Or, deacons}: 001:002 Grace to you, and peace from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 001:003 I thank my God whenever I remember you, 001:004 always in every request of mine on behalf of you all making my requests with joy, 001:005 for your partnership{The word translated "partnership" (koinonia) also means "fellowship" and "sharing."} in furtherance of the Good News from the first day until now; 001:006 being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. 001:007 It is even right for me to think this way on behalf of all of you, because I have you in my heart, because, both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the Good News, you all are partakers with me of grace. 001:008 For God is my witness, how I long after all of you in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus. 001:009 This I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment; 001:010 so that you may approve the things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense to the day of Christ; 001:011 being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. 001:012 Now I desire to have you know, brothers,{The word for "brothers" here and where context allows may also be correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings."} that the things which happened to me have turned out rather to the progress of the Good News; 001:013 so that it became evident to the whole praetorian guard, and to all the rest, that my bonds are in Christ; 001:014 and that most of the brothers in the Lord, being confident through my bonds, are more abundantly bold to speak the word of God without fear. 001:015 Some indeed preach Christ even out of envy and strife, and some also out of good will. 001:016 The former insincerely preach Christ from selfish ambition, thinking that they add affliction to my chains; 001:017 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the Good News. 001:018 What does it matter? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed. I rejoice in this, yes, and will rejoice. 001:019 For I know that this will turn out to my salvation, through your supplication and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 001:020 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will in no way be disappointed, but with all boldness, as always, now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life, or by death. 001:021 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 001:022 But if I live on in the flesh, this will bring fruit from my work; yet I don't make known what I will choose. 001:023 But I am in a dilemma between the two, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. 001:024 Yet, to remain in the flesh is more needful for your sake. 001:025 Having this confidence, I know that I will remain, yes, and remain with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 001:026 that your rejoicing may abound in Christ Jesus in me through my presence with you again. 001:027 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the Good News of Christ, that, whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your state, that you stand firm in one spirit, with one soul striving for the faith of the Good News; 001:028 and in nothing frightened by the adversaries, which is for them a proof of destruction, but to you of salvation, and that from God... Continue reading book >>


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