Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus: To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you,
always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer,
because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because I have you in my heart, and you are all partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and establishment of the gospel.
For God is my witness, how I deeply miss all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And I pray this: that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment,
so that you can determine what really matters and can be pure and blameless in the day of Christ,
filled with the fruit of righteousness that [comes] through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has actually resulted in the advancement of the gospel,
so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard, and to everyone else, that my imprisonment is for Christ.
Most of the brothers in the Lord have gained confidence from my imprisonment and dare even more to speak the message fearlessly.
Some, to be sure, preach Christ out of envy and strife, but others out of good will.
These do so out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel;
the others proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely, seeking to cause [me] trouble in my imprisonment.
What does it matter? Just that in every way, whether out of false motives or true, Christ is proclaimed. And in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice
because I know this will lead to my deliverance through your prayers and help from the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
My eager expectation and hope 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 or by death.
For me, living is Christ and dying is gain.
Now if I live on in the flesh, this means fruitful work for me; and I don't know which one I should choose.
I am pressured by both. I have the desire to depart and be with Christ-- which is far better--
but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you.
Since I am persuaded of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your advancement and joy in the faith,
so that, because of me, your confidence may grow in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.
Just one thing: live your life 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 in one spirit, with one mind, working side by side for the faith of the gospel,
not being frightened in any way by your opponents. This is evidence of their destruction, but of your deliverance-- and this is from God.
For it has been given to you on Christ's behalf not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for Him,
having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear about me.