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Paul and Timothy, the servants of Jesus Christ, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the elders and deacons:

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

I thank my God with every remembrance of you,

(always, in all my prayers for all you, praying with joy),

because of the fellowship which you have in the Gospel, from the first day until now.

And I am persuaded of this same thing: that He who has begun this good work in you will perfect it until the Day of Jesus Christ;

just as it is right for me to think this way of you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the Gospel you all were fellow partakers of grace with me.

For God is my witness how I long after you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.

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

10 so that you may test those things which are better; that you may be pure and without offense until the Day of Christ,

11 filled with the fruit of righteousness which is by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

12 Brothers, I desire that you understand that the things which are against me have really caused a furthering of the Gospel.

13 So, as for my bonds in Christ, they are famous throughout all the Praetorium and in all other places;

14 so much so that many of the brothers in the Lord are emboldened by my bonds and dare speak the word of God more frankly.

15 Indeed, some preach Christ out of envy and strife, but some also out of goodwill.

16 Indeed, the former preaches Christ out of rivalry (and not purely, supposing to add more affliction to my bonds),

17 but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the Gospel.

18 What then? Christ is still preached in all manner of ways, whether under a pretense or sincerely. And I rejoice in that! Indeed, and I will rejoice!

19 For I know that this shall cause my deliverance (through your prayer and by the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ)

20 as I fervently expect and hope that in nothing shall I be ashamed. But that with all confidence (as always) so now Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death.

21 For, to me, Christ is life and death is gain.

22 But if living in the flesh brings fruit from my labor, what shall I choose? I do not know!

23 For I am caught between both desiring to be released and to be with Christ (which is best of all).

24 Nevertheless, to abide in the flesh is more necessary for your sake.

25 And of this I am sure: that I shall stay and continue with you all for the progress and joy of your faith,

26 so that by my coming to you again your boasting in Jesus Christ may abound through me.

27 Only conduct yourselves as it becomes the Gospel of Christ; so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your matters that you continue in one spirit and in one mind, striving together for the faith of the Gospel.

28 And be frightened in nothing by your adversaries (which is to them a proof of destruction - but to you of salvation - and this from God!).

29 For to you it is given concerning Christ that not only should you believe in Him, but also to suffer concerning Him,

30 having the same fight which you saw in me and now hear of in me.

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