Philippians Chapter 1 Verse 1-30
1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: 1:2 grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Heart of the Apostle
1:3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 1:4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, 1:5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; 1:6 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: 1:7 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. 1:8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 1:10 that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 1:11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
1:12 But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; 1:13 so that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; 1:14 and many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
1:15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: 1:16 the one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: 1:17 but the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
1:18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. 1:19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 1:20 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.
1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 1:22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. 1:23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 1:24 nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. 1:25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; 1:26 that your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.
1:27 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; 1:28 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. 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; 1:30 having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.